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Old 03-25-2011, 01:10 PM
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What to feed a dog with severe food allergies?

My dog has severe dog food allergies. I've tried all sorts of brands - from "grainfree" to "specially made for dogs with allergies". She is usually on a brand for a couple of months and then starts getting cronic diarrhea and vomiting. I've had her checked by the vet and they can't confirm what she is allergic too.

I've tried natural balance, wellness, merick etc. you name it! I'm starting to run out of options . I've had her on a raw diet for a while, but feeding raw is expensive and I find it really difficult to maintain.

Does anyone have a cooked diet/special diet/dogfood/cookbook for dogs they can recommend? I'm desperate to have my dog live a happy comfortable life without consistent diarrhea and vomiting!!!
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TESS WHERE ARE YOU TESSSSSS!
She's really good at these sorts of things...

I remember reading somewhere about trying to isolate what it is she's allergic to by feeding a very simple diet of just one meat and rice... It possible that she is allergic to the preservatives and what not...
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Here's another thread about the same issues and Dawnben always recommends feeding turkey and potato so I think that's worth a try.

Allergies...
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Thank you guys!
So finally today I had her in for complete bloodwork testing for everything possible. Turns out she also has pancreatitis!!! (along with her allergies).

So the doctor wanted to put her on a low fat dog food... only problem... all the possibilities have some kind of grain in them... arrrrggg!
So right now I have her on only boiled chicken and rice. My poor girl!
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I'm really sorry to hear that, poor girl. I hope she is on the mend soon and can enjoy a long and healthy life.
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what do you think of the possibility being that her allergy symptoms were really from pancreatitus? i know of several people who's dogs have food allergies, and the only food they've been successful with is natural balance, but i'm not sure which formula... have you tried different formulas for her before switching? i'm not familiar with pancreatitus, what if any is the treatment plan for it? perhaps you could keep her on the chicken and rice and slowly work out what other food she can tolerate while you research a balanced diet for her...
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what do you think of the possibility being that her allergy symptoms were really from pancreatitus? .
Just what I was thinking...

What are her symptoms that are being interpreted as allergy?



You could certainly make your own food based on lean, cooked chicken and a quality carbohydrate such as whole oats, brown rice or quinoa. If she was fine on that for a few weeks you could start to add other ingredients one by one to make a more complete food (such as pulverized spinach or other veggies, eggs, yogurt etc.) In the long run, if you are basing your food on muscle meat, you need to include some form of calcium such as ground eggshell. Yogurt and dairy products, contrary to popular wisdom, do not provide enough Calcium to balance the meal. Do your research.. there is a lot out there..

Was she doing fine on raw?
If you look for sales and have some freezer space, you can do that diet reasonably price-wise. Keep it low fat if she has pancreatitis... that means take off poultry skin and globs of fat. Turkey necks (usually come w/out skin) are very good in this regard and you can buy them in bulk through raw food suppliers. Check yer internets for contacts!
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what do you think of the possibility being that her allergy symptoms were really from pancreatitus? i know of several people who's dogs have food allergies, and the only food they've been successful with is natural balance, but i'm not sure which formula... have you tried different formulas for her before switching? i'm not familiar with pancreatitus, what if any is the treatment plan for it? perhaps you could keep her on the chicken and rice and slowly work out what other food she can tolerate while you research a balanced diet for her...
No, her allergy symptoms are not at all connected to her having pancreatitus.
Fawkese1 I've tried all the formulas natural balance offers, she had symptoms to all of them.
Basically pancreatitus is the inflamation of the pancreas... and she's going to have to be on a no/low fat diet for the rest of her life.

Tess basically her symptoms starts as itching around her eyes, mouth and ears... which quickly turn into a thick rash - especially around the mouth. She was fine on raw food, but my vet is not a fan at all so she recommended that I don't put her on raw. So I'm not sure?
I can give her quinoa!?!? that would be great cause i cook that regularly. Since she has now been diagnosed with pancreatitus I will probably start cooking for her.
What is considered a nutritionally balanced meal for dogs? For instance - protein, carbs & veg? When I had her on raw someone mentioned that dogs have to have bonemeal in their food if you feed them raw or cooked food, is that true?
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No, her allergy symptoms are not at all connected to her having pancreatitus.
Fawkese1 I've tried all the formulas natural balance offers, she had symptoms to all of them.
Basically pancreatitus is the inflamation of the pancreas... and she's going to have to be on a no/low fat diet for the rest of her life.

Tess basically her symptoms starts as itching around her eyes, mouth and ears... which quickly turn into a thick rash - especially around the mouth. She was fine on raw food, but my vet is not a fan at all so she recommended that I don't put her on raw. So I'm not sure?
I can give her quinoa!?!? that would be great cause i cook that regularly. Since she has now been diagnosed with pancreatitus I will probably start cooking for her.
What is considered a nutritionally balanced meal for dogs? For instance - protein, carbs & veg? When I had her on raw someone mentioned that dogs have to have bonemeal in their food if you feed them raw or cooked food, is that true?
I think Esme feeds a homemade diet with quinoa... hopefully she sees your post soon.

Most vets don't like raw and it is hard to go against what the vet says but I truly believe in the next 10 or 20 years the veterinary profession will change its mind entirely about the raw thing.

In any case, it's possible to make a very nice home cooked food. I would not recommend bone meal per se as I have read there can be a lot of Lead in industrially produced bonemeal, unless you can get it from a safe source. This is what the ground eggshells are for... for the Calcium.

If you are interested in making homemade, just start googling and learning. Remember, commercial dog food is a relatively recent invention. We feed our human kids "real food", why do we think we have to feed our dogs little dry brown processed nuggets? I mean, think about it... we've perhaps been brainwashed by the pet food industry to think we must buy their stuff, and that we are not able to feed our dogs a healthy diet based on real, whole, fresh food! Afterall we don't feed our kids astronaut food or military rations,... we know fresh whole real foods are better for them than food with a 6 month shelf life!

PS. Of course you would want to include "pancreatitis" in your searches, so you end up with a low fat recipe.
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Tess if this is to personal feel free not to answer.

Based on a one dog diet, how much would you estimate you spend for one month feeding raw?
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