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Chewy.com is excellent and pets supplies plus, if there is a store near for best prices, and providing a unique product, or working with a client to get it.
I defend purina simply because they have been doing dog food and have supported animal care what seems ‘forever’ and when there was little competition. I do think they do try to put out a decent product…
On another note I ordered Great Life, but now I’ve heard some not so great things. Any thoughts?
InkedMarie though this is not directly related I would like to thank you for providing an excellent list of grain free/potato free diets. I am still sorting through many things, but it was a great jumping off point.
I wondered if ressa33 could not get help from purina. I know a lot of us look down on this brand, but they have some sound and affordable items. They have been ‘dog’ food a very long time. Just a question.
For what it’s worth..my dog has an allergy to carrots.
I just started trying goat’s milk yogurt but too early to say, if it is good or bad, other than she loves it. Maybe goat’s milk cheese? I have also been looking at the benefits of raw goat milk..
My dog eats everything, and then, too late, she has more scratching.
I would also like to like to note that 4 different owners of puppies from the same litter of 9 puppies have or will be completing the blood allergy test. We have yet to compare our notes but a brother and sister have tested with similar results.
Blood work is pretty easy and cheaper, though not a final answer a decent heads up.
Hi bigjake and all. I did the full panel blood allergy test; environmental, mold, food, specialty foods. My breeder and vet recommended this over the scratch test. The problems for my dog were similar, it sounds, to yours itchy skin. I have done a few steroid shots, but I think we all agree this is not a path to take that effectively manages the problem though I do think environmental allergies season is a large contributor. My dog like yours will eat just about anything set down or just spit out the ite. We have no gas or stomach issues.
There is a lot of discussion on allergies and what test to conduct and the more deeply I looked into it the more confusing and controversial. My dog’s most reactive item was yeast on the food panel, but they do not do a break out the type…. beef and dairy, lamb, potato, rice, soy etc. etc. Molds allergy also reflected yeast and molds on food.
In following things up the aspect of yeast has fascinated me.
I have feed taste of the wild pacific salmon that contains potato and sweet potato…we have a lesser allergy to sweet potato. Salmon neutral
I have recently switched to Ziwi Peak venison but it is pricey for a large dog and I am looking actively looking at many things. The ziwi was helpful with less itching. I have also introduced goat milk yogurt. I believe I briefly saw a comment on another forum about rotating dog foods to keep the gut in a good working order, this and following what foods make things better or worse. I know eliminating bread and cheese was night and day with my girl.
My vet also said all of our bodies gradually become less tolerant to specific items we are allergic to…so with a four year old dog we believe we are seeing longer and more aggravated allergy reactions as certain intolerances develop in our bodies.
Also brushing and washing the dog with a medicated shampoo is helpful. Be glad you have a short hair! Try some Alaskan salmon oil. I was also told dogs are more reactive to white fish species.August 8, 2013 at 3:33 pm in reply to: Your recommendations on grain free dry food, EVO replacement #22771 Report Abuse
After days of sorting through many things. Nature’s logic was on my list of choices.
So much confusion out there.
We came to play, we came to work, we came to be the best and in trying, we shared our love for pets.August 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm in reply to: Your recommendations on grain free dry food, EVO replacement #22766 Report Abuse
The leaky gut. I read about this a few days prior and was shocked. Especially because the girl’s highest allergy was to yeast. And I knew stolen loaves of bread from the counter were having some effect.
In addition in Feb/March we had one of the worst bouts of overall scratching, paw chewing and ear infection. The weather was wet and she had been recently professionally groomed. And dog loves to just stand or lay down in the rain. Primary suspect yeast infection . So began a steroid, pills, and medicated ear wash… the ears taking over 2 weeks to clear.
She looked and acted perfect in April/May.
Late May blowing coat and itching, itching and coat continues to fall well into June. Itching starts up, I don’t recall heavy paw chewing. I flew in a professional newf groomer prior to a late June show and we had long talks on coat care, drying, etc etc… and etc And a steroid shot.
I do not think we have leaky gut, but my gut says yeast is on a high watch list.
I did talk to a Holistic vet clinic and they even suggested a special Derm vet…which does scratch test as opposed to blood. I thinks it is too far to go.
The dog’s skin at this time is in perfect condition and has been since April. Yet we continue with the face, ear, and frequent scratch to those areas and a frontal paw chew. After switching to Ziwi peak venison in June red eyes and the clear discharge have pretty much been eliminated. No red eyes.
The newbie in me is digging for answers, but I feel some simple solutions are more practical.
A raw diet…with supplements. Just need to figure it all out.
You seem to be, a pretty sharp cookie.August 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm in reply to: Your recommendations on grain free dry food, EVO replacement #22751 Report Abuse
Thanks ebk—going to make a call now. Please do not misunderstand the girl is pretty healthy. We just have a consistent scratching mainly to the face, ears, and neck. Some paw chewing depending on ???? can’t pin it down, but after three steroid shots over the course of a year and half I decided I was spending as much and went forward with the allergy test. Equally her brother has even more severe allergies. I did the full panel and we have environmental as well.
As I occasionally show, optimal health and coat are a must! Showing a compromised dog is unspeakable. Thanks againAugust 8, 2013 at 12:31 pm in reply to: Your recommendations on grain free dry food, EVO replacement #22749 Report Abuse
Thanks PattyV sometimes a little push to go just a few steps further is all that is needed.
I should have posted …HELP! newbie lost in the dog food world..August 8, 2013 at 12:12 pm in reply to: Your recommendations on grain free dry food, EVO replacement #22744 Report Abuse
I am entertaining that idea, but the more I read the more daunting the task it seems. The majority of her allergies are borderline. Beef, Yeast, Lamb, Cow’s milk, Rice and soy being positive or close enough. There is a good holistic vet I may consult. It’s overwhelming and I just had no idea, so I am very pleased to have found all the wonderful help here.August 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm in reply to: Your recommendations on grain free dry food, EVO replacement #22740 Report Abuse
Thanks… I saw some of the notes where people had posted unfavorable things, but too late I had ordered it. I looked into Nature’s variety and a second choice. Will go back and check it again. I liked Primal raw but at close to $400. minimum a month it was not realistic. I appreciate the heads up and will be following the forums as in addition I am truly in need of coat growth. Since yeast came back as her highest allergy and the testing center could not break out any different strains I am afraid of all that use brewer’s yeast etc. Inflight was recommended.
Thanks again I will be checking the Great Life closely and may forgo the switch.August 8, 2013 at 11:12 am in reply to: Your recommendations on grain free dry food, EVO replacement #22729 Report Abuse
I am new to this website, to all of these discussions, but would love to get some advice as I am searching for a dog food. My Newf came back with allergies to beef, chicken, lamb, cow’s milk, eggs, potatos, sweet potatos, rice, soy, yeast was very high, carrots, shell fish mix and fish excluding salmon. Can anyone suggest an excellent food? Ziwi peak is a bit expensive for such a large girl, and contains green lip mussels. Has anyone heard of Great Life or tried it?