Frenchie needs a new food. Help!

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    Laura S
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    I have a 22 mo. old female frenchie, Stella. I am searching for a new high quality kibble that is grain free and potato free. She has horrific allergies and is on Atopica. Allergy tests were pretty inconclusive with what she is allergic to. She is also a very picky eater. She was on Amicus, which she liked, but about every 2 to 3 weeks she would have awful bouts of diahrrea. So I started transitioning her to Acana Pork & Butternut squash and now she has terrible gas. I have also tried Grandma Lucy’s PureFormance in the past and it made her vomit. I think this food was too heavy handed on the garlic. So I’m not sure what is making her gassy that is in the Acana, perhaps the garbanzo beans??? The Amicus and Acana both have red lentils so it shouldn’t be that. Also, her vet put her on a food trial a while back of Royal Canin Duck & Potato and it completely constipated her and made her really sick. Any suggestions would be welcome. Kind of at a loss at this point as to what to feed her that will not cause ear infections, gas, etc. I do give her a probiotic too.

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    Anonymous
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    My dog with allergies does best on Nutrisca salmon and chickpea (no grains, no potato). But since receiving care by a specialist/dermatologist she can tolerate a variety of foods as her allergies are environmental. She had IDT (Intra Dermal Testing) and has responded well to ASIT (Allergen Specific Immunotherapy)
    Some info here: http://www.mspca.org/vet-services/angell-boston/dermatology/allergy-testing.html

    PS: I sometimes bathe her twice a week (approved by the specialist) with Malaseb or Antifungal dog shampoo by GNC I like the lavender smell.

    Check the search engine here https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/search/allergies/
    I don’t agree with all of the opinions expressed. Hope this helps.
    More info here: http://www.allergydogcentral.com/category/symptoms/

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    Laura S
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    Thank you! I will look into Nutrisca.

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    Amy W
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    I recently adopted a gassy little bat-pig (Maddie) myself and switched her from ProPlan to Origen. She too has allergies, which have cleared up tremendously. I also have her on an allergy med, so I can’t tell you how much the food helped. Her coat was nice before, but absolutely glistens now. There is also less gas. I hear Frenchies are a notoriously flatulent breed, but the gas has noticeably diminished. My girl LOVES her food and stools are formed but soft. So far, I would say I am pretty happy with Origen. My dog looks great, seems satisfied after eating, and has tons of energy.

    I’m a seasoned cat mom and new to dog ownership I am really enjoying learning from everyone.

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    Susan
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    Hi have you thought of feeding raw or a cooked diet & stop feeding kibble?? A dog digestive tract has been made to digest meat not peas, garbanzo beans, lentils, chickpeas, tomatoes these are all high in Lectins & can cause leaky gut.

    My boy suffers with IBD & skin allergies from certain foods & he doesn’t do well on grain free kibbles, (bad gas, sloppy poo, rumbling bowel noises, nausea) … Over the last 2 years I’ve tried heaps of kibbles & in the end I found the kibble with just rice & 1 protein like fish was the best a limited ingredient kibble then I add fresh chicken or beef or fish on top….I try not to feed kibble & feed a wet tin food or cooked meals with ingredients that I know my boy can eat, some kibbles have tooo many ingredients & it just takes 1 ingredient & your dog is scratching, sore ears or has gas diarrhea etc…

    If you don’t want to feed a raw or cooked diet have you looked at “The Honest Kitchen Zeal” its low in carbs, gluten free high in protein – http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/zeal

    ZiwiPeak – http://www.ziwipeak.com/air-dried-dog-food-ziwipeak-daily-dog-air-dried-cuisine/

    K9 Natural – https://www.k9natural.com/

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    Susan
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    Hi, I just received my weekly email from Jean Dodds … Episode-1 Functional fresh foods… real interesting to watch may explain some of Stellas health problems & Patches…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyOvzl_XsHU

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    Laura S
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    Thank you so much. I just watched the video and it was very interesting. I am familiar with Dr. Dodds and have done the NutriScan test for Stella but there were no foods she should avoid. Thanks again for sharing the video.

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    Laura S
    Member

    I am thinking I will look into cooking for Stella. The raw thing scares me a little. I am thinking of going with a grass fed lamb because she is a little on the thin side. I have been adding a little white rice to her kibble now and it seems to be preventing any diahrrea. So some lamb, rice, fruit, veggies and salmon oil is on the menu next I guess.

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    Pitlove
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    If you are nervous about raw you can lightly cook the lamb. Obviously no salt or any type of seasoning or butter. There are many people who don’t feel 100% comfortable feeding raw that do that.

    Number one thing is making sure the meals are complete and balanced.

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