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    Nicci N


    Is anyone having problems with the costco dog food? I was about to buy it based on this web page review but then came across this list link from consumer affairs so I didn’t.
    Wondering if this site was aware of the recent reviews? They are seriously scary.

    My dog has some sort of allergy when we tried her on Earthborne Oceanfish. We tried the regular and grain free. Poor thing is itching her legs and belly like crazy. This was after just 4 days on the food! We’re a week out back to the old food and now added Dynovite…still miserable. I’m hoping time helps.
    I’d appreciate any thoughts or suggestions. Aldo wanted to editors to be aware of the recent complaints.

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    #90651 Report Abuse

    Hi Nicci, can you afford a pre-made raw diet or cook her food?? I have read bad things about the Dynovite, your better off balancing the cooked meal with something else, add about 3 small sardines to one of her meals a day, you need to make sure you keep up her omega 3… Tin Sardines in Spring water are excellent for their skin, joints, brain, heart…

    You could buy a bag of the Kirklands & try it & see if she has a reaction just take it back & say she wont eat it if she reacts… don’t forget she could be having environment allergies to grass, trees, plants flowers, it may not be the food….

    Baths, weekly baths or bath as soon as she starts scratching real bad, bathing washes off any pollens, allergens on their skin that’s causing them to itch & scratch. Patch is bathed weekly every Thursday in Malaseb medicated shampoo & leave on for a good 5mins the bath lady massages him as long as she can & after his bath he feels so much better…. he eats “Taste Of The Wild” Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb & I feed a cooked meal for dinner…
    Go on Rodney Habib Face book page & follow him he posted a easy to make balanced raw diet made by Dr Karen Becker, you can cook it as well everything can be bought from supermarket.. he also has so much good info

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    Food allergies are rare. Food sensitivities usually result in GI disturbances such as vomiting and diarrhea. Environmental allergies usually result in pruritus (itching).

    Have you tried the search engine here, this subject comes up at least once a week.

    Hope this helps:

    By Klaus Loft, DVM
    Angell Dermatology Service

    Anyone who suffers debilitating environmental allergies tied to changing seasons, pet dander or household dust mites knows first-hand the misery of a scratchy throat, itchy eyes or painful rashes.

    Not everyone knows, however, that our pets can experience similar allergic reactions — and other very bothersome dermatological issues. But our pets need not suffer in silence. Modern veterinary science has evolved such that advanced, comprehensive treatments are now available to treat a range of skin conditions.

    Top pet dermatological issues

    Our four-legged friends suffer from some of the same skin issues as we do — and several that we do not. The most common conditions we see at Angell include:

    •Parasites, such as mites, fleas and mange (scabies)
    •Infectious diseases, such as Staphylococcal pyoderma (“Staph”) skin infections, yeast and fungal infections and skin fold infections
    •Systemic diseases, such as autoimmune diseases
    •Skin cancer, such as Squamous cell carcinoma, cutaneous lymphoma, Mast cell tumors
    •Allergies, such as flea allergy dermatitis, adverse food reactions, environmental allergies, etc.

    All of these conditions can become serious and, if untreated, dramatically reduce quality of life. But the tremendous strides made in veterinary innovation, however, is very good news for our pets. Specifically, the testing and treatments for allergies now rivals human healthcare in its sophistication, quality of care and long-term health outcomes.

    Unlike humans, dogs and cats cannot tell us about their dermatological health issues. So we as pet owners must look for the signs. The most common indicators that a pet is suffering from some kind of allergy involve frequent episodes of ear infections, red raised or open sores on the skin, constant licking or biting of paws or groin — sometimes causing wounds that will not go away.

    Allergies present a particular challenge because there can be hundreds (even thousands) of potential allergens that impact pet health, from foods to pollen from grasses, weeds, trees, dust mites and more. Today’s specialty veterinary hospitals have access to the very latest diagnostic tests to get to the bottom of what’s ailing our pet. Among these tests is the Intra Dermal Test (IDT).

    IDT is generally considered the gold standard of testing for identifying allergens that cause pets to suffer from chronic skin and/or ear diseases. IDT involves injections of a series of concentrated allergens into the skin to determine which of them generate allergic reactions in a given animal. The use of fluorescein — a chemical that illuminates the inflammation caused by the injected allergens in order to visualize the strength of individual reactions — is key to accurately diagnosing pet allergies, and is just one of the many ways veterinarians use new technologies to improve care and diagnostics.

    The results of IDT (as well as a review of the pet’s medical history) can then inform comprehensive immunotherapy treatments to relieve suffering. Veterinary dermatologists rely on IDT to build customized treatment plans for patients called Allergen Specific Immuno Therapy or “ASIT” for short.

    ASIT involves a series of injections specifically created for the allergic animal’s skin. These injections, of diluted allergens, are designed to make a pet less sensitive to their allergens over time. In most cases these injections must be continued for life to reduce symptoms, but they are highly effective. Seventy to 90 percent of pets experience a reduction in symptoms as a result of ASIT treatment. These treatments can be delivered even more easily via droplets under the tongue, perfect for pet owners who are squeamish about giving injections to their pet.

    This treatment is very new to the North American field of medicine (both human and veterinary) and underscores just how far innovation in veterinary medicine has come.

    When it’s time to see the vet

    Many pet owners are understandably concerned about taking their animals to the veterinarian because the cost (to say nothing of the fear some animals experience when going do the doctor) may outweigh any perceived reduction in suffering. To help pet owners know when it’s time to bring Fido to the doctor I’ve compiled my “Top Ten” list of dermatological symptoms that should never be ignored:

    •Intense itching of the skin (head shaking, running the face into the carpet, furniture, etc.)
    •Biting at the skin that creates red, raw crusting areas of the skin
    •Multiple ear infections (head shaking, odor from ears, scratching at the ears with hind legs)
    •Paw licking or chewing and frequent infections of the skin in the webbed skin of the paws
    •Staining of the fur of the paws and nails on multiple feet
    •Reoccurring skin infections in the groin, under the shoulders, perianal areas (on or under the tail)
    •Greasy scaling skin and/or fur with odorous skin
    •Hair loss, or thinning of the fur
    •Dark pigmentation of the skin that is chronically infected
    •Sudden depigmentation of skin

    Allergies and other dermatological issues can be as frustrating for pet owners and their veterinarians as they can be for pets. I encourage any pet owner whose animal is experiencing any of these symptoms to consult with their veterinarian.

    Dermatology – Common Issues

    #90654 Report Abuse

    Regarding dinovite: /forums/topic/dinovite-reaction/

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    Kim S

    I have used Blue Buffalo, Science Diet and Rachel Ray food for many years. I switched to Costco Kirkland brand. I had seen good reviews of Costco dry dog food and decided to purchase the blue and green bags. In only three weeks time I have lost one of my healthy dogs. I did not consider that his health problems could be related to his new food. I can’t say that the food caused his problems. However, in a very short period his symptoms mounted and my vet was testing and searching for answers and was getting none. Nothing definitive came before he passed. His symptoms included gas, bloating, upper abdomen tightness, high white blood cell count, slight fever, anemia, heavy breathing, weakness starting with a slow walk and ending with not being able to raise himself to stand, loose stool. His last week he gave up eating but continued to drink without problems. He was put on antibiotics and perked up for two days. Tests did not lean toward cancer but did indicate some kind of possible immunity problem. More tests were going to be done but he passed before that happened.
    I’m writing to ask pet owners to be vigilant and seek answers from a vet as soon as changes are noticed. Make the vet aware of the dog food you are using. Some kind of data needs to be collected on Costco Kirkland dog food as well as other brands until answers are found. I’m heartbroken at losing my good buddy and don’t want others to face what happened to my dog.

    #98846 Report Abuse

    Did the vet do x-rays? What you describe sounds like what happened to my dog “hemangiosarcoma”. It usually strikes dogs between 8 and 10 years of age. Often no symptoms till it is too late, genetic in nature, tends to occur in certain breeds such as German Shepherds.
    The anemia and difficulty breathing indicates tumors and mets to the lungs.
    Whatever the case. I’m sorry for your loss.

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    Michael M

    I’ve personally never had problems with the Costco dog food, but this is very good to know.

    Also, I wouldn’t trust Consumer Affairs entirely as their entire business model revolves around blackmailing companies with negative reviews until they get paid. Pretty messed up practice, they’re just like BBB who position themselves as “for the consumer” when it couldn’t be anything farther from the truth.

    However, it’s always smart to stay informed. Thanks anon101 for the link to that other page, and to everyone else for their insight on the issue.

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