Basically, I’ve done a ton of research on my hyper allergic dog on this site and others to find him food but am having trouble.
We recently did an (expensive) allergy test to see what exactly he is allergic to and it turned out to be quite a lot. I love this dog with all of me so I want to find him something that he enjoys and that he is not allergic to.
We have been giving him Canidae Pure Goodness Salmon and Sweet Potato but I realized today that it contains white potatoes as well as sweet potatoes (he is allergic to white not sweet potatoes) so I need another option. I will try to include an Imgur or similar link so you can see his allergies (there are a lot) if anyone can help me figure this out. Thanks.
Here is the imgur link. I hope they are allowed on this forum: https://imgur.com/a/9rXy3Rz
The key things he is allergic to are:
Milk (VERY allergic)
Brewer’s YeastPatricia AParticipant
What are symptoms that he is displaying? If it is digestive, such as diarrhea, then possibility of too much fat in diet. If skin issue then first look into irritants such as flea bites or even something as overlooked as bedding washed with scented detergent?
I never found any validation that allergy tests work . Hope link works below.
So hard to actually do elimination diet. There are so many ingredients in dog food that might cause sensitivity other then just the protein. If you take a look at the ingredient list on the average kibble you’ll see what I mean.
Possibly try a one protein food without added supplements. Freeze dried such as Vital Essentials just the protein/flavor with no extras’ I believe. Very expensive to feed however. I believe it also comes in frozen which is more cost saving. I use Primal, small batch, Bixbi Rawbbles, and at times Stella Chewys.
Just go VERY, VERY, VERY slowly with switch. Also if you look at reviews on DA you’ll see the 5* rated foods in these brands. I ONLY use the proteins DA rates in the brand with 5*’s. The ones that rate lower are too much fat to protein. This can cause loose stools and stomach upset all the way to pancreatitis in some dogs.
I use a SMALL amount of kibble as base to stretch the freeze dried. This being Stella Chewys raw coated grain free.. If you look at their f/b page there are many who had trouble with diet and most do well on this kibble.
Hope this helps. Again any change in diet much go so slowly.crazy4catsParticipant
As the link that Patricia posted states, allergy tests are very inaccurate. Unfortunately, an elimination diet is the best way to determine the problem ingredients. You would need to feed a prescription hydrolyzed diet to clear his symptoms and then gradually add a protein one at a time to see if there is a reaction. The hard part is he will not be able to eat anything else during the trial.
Rx diets can be very useful! I have a cat with presumed IBD on one. He’s doing awesome! Another, on an Rx urinary diet that saved his life. Good luck!Jane PParticipant
I suggest Zignature– they have several formulas that your dog should be able to eat including goat, venison, catfish, whitefish, salmon and trout, and pork. I do not believe they include the allergens you list.
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