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pitlove, you don’t have to get snarky about it. This was probably 20 years ago and he only ate a couple pieces. Honestly, I think that people give dogs popcorn all the time and I really don’t find it to be HORRIFYING to give a dog a couple pieces of popcorn. I can certainly think of worse things to give them. MY POINT was that anything can give a dog diarrhea…ANYTHING AT ALL even things that the so called experts highly recommend for dogs.
Millions of people buy BB food and think it’s dandy and their dogs love it and are fine on it. They should have consulted pitlove first to get the expert advice.
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Regardless of whether or not it’s a Blue product, any treat or food could cause a dog to have diarrhea! It could be the best food made. All dogs are different and can tolerate different foods. I can give my dog one speck of a sardine and she’s got diarrhea almost immediately. My last dog couldn’t eat a kernel of popcorn without it giving him diarrhea! Always pay close attention to what you’ve added new to your dog’s diet. Also try one new thing at a time so you can quickly identify the culprit.
What kind of daily exercise does he get? It could just be that he, just like you and I, need more exercise daily than what we are getting.
The treats really don’t seems like much but they can add up quickly before you know it, you’ve given them a lot of extras. Remember he’s very little so he shouldn’t get but a few treats a day. Here’s another way to trick him into thinking he’s getting lots of treats, cut them into smaller pieces. My dog thinks she’s getting lots of treat and they are the size of a pea each time…HEEHEE! 🙂
Well you are lucky you could set your printer to print more because I’ve tried that with other coupons and I quickly got a warning and a refusal to print. Apparently Wellness has not yet caught on, I bet they will before long. Some companies are so strict and stingy!
AKARI, how could you print 34 coupons for $1 off? If the company only allows printing of 2 coupons per computer? I know that when I print coupons, they are able to limit my computer from printing more than allowed! Did you get a whole bunch of other people to print them for you or what? I just don’t see how any of us would have access to 34 coupons.
Yes, with the help of her rescue, we figured out what she can eat. She is now perfectly fine. Once she stopped eating all these supposedly 4 and 5 stars foods and got on a food that had no allergens (to her) then she just healed right up and is doing fantastic. Just because a food is rated 5 star at this place doesn’t mean it’s going to be the fix all for an allergy dog. She is extremely allergic to rice and peas and lord only knows what else…but not allergic to what the people here will tell us are common allergens…for my dog she apparently is not allergic to “common allergens”. I no longer look to DFA for assistance when it comes to dog food. She’ll eat this(horrible terrible sickening food) until it no longer works or until hell freezes over…whichever comes first…HA!
mam2cavs, what you think it is about the TOTW Pacific Stream that is not affecting your allergy dog like other foods? My dog has been allergic to everything that she’s eaten since Dog Chow which she was NOT allergic to! There is something in the high end foods that she does not tolerate. Her allergies are skin not digestive. So I’m curious, have to figured out what TOTW does not have in it?
Edit to add: I just went and checked the ingredient label and I see that this food is one of the few higher end foods that doesn’t contain even one of the following items: Flax seed, beet pulp, rosemary extract. These are items that I am questioning to be the root cause of my dog’s allergy.
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Interesting about the GI inflammation causing her to be allergic. I had not read, or most likely don’t remember reading that before but that makes a lot of sense.
I’d never dreamed it would be such a monumental task to feed a dog? And with her, the more highly regarded food that I buy for her, the worse she does on it. She is a rescue and according to the rescue group, she was fed dog chow at her foster home. Honestly, when he got her she was beautiful and had absolutely no rashes at all. They brought her here with a bag of Pro Plan and it’s been down hill ever since. I’ve tried Blue Buffalo, Simply Nourish grain free, Earthborn Holistic Coastal Catch, Avoderm Trout, Avoderm Duck the rotating menu on both those, Nature’s Variety LID Turkey (digestion was an issue with this one) then I bought Natural Balance which she did the best on until the last bag which smelled totally different than the rest of the bags of NB and now she began to scratch like mad! So here we are, on to the next “high quality” dog food. Though NB isn’t that great, it was so limited in ingredients that it was working and her feet were just about healed up. I suppose now that Del Monte took over, they have changed something. I’m going to write then and ask if the ingredients have changed, the label is exactly the same as all the rest. She isn’t allowed to have anything else but her food now. She cannot even gnaw a bone. This is just insane!
I have my suspicions about certain ingredients but I can’t really know until I find something that doesn’t have them.
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NO she is definitely allergic to the antler and the bone! She had a severe reaction just right after she ate them with hives! She was given benadryl and was ok the next day. She is on an elimination diet and doesn’t eat anything besides her food so when he gets something like a bone and has a reaction that night I know it’s the bone or antler. I was talking to vet a few days ago at a pet event and told her my dog was allergic to an antler and she did not find that to be at all unusual.
I do want to have her tested for the allergies. She was given treatment for parasites back in January then tested two months later and was negative. I suppose she could have them again? She does SO LOVE the cat poo! GAH! Which also doesn’t help with the allergies.
Yeah tell me about it Patty! Being on the very LID food, it does make it easier to see what reacts. Like when I gave her that bone…it was a drastic reaction and the elk antler…very bad! That elk antler reaction is taking it’s time running it’s course too!
I’d love to see a holistic vet but there aren’t any anywhere even remotely close to us that I can see. I’ll look again! The allergy specialist is nowhere near either…POO!
I wouldn’t be at all surprised if she is allergic to grass too! ACK! I wash her feet after each walk, that is what seems to make her toes red rather than just going out in our yard. It does seems as if when I don’t wash them after her one hour walk, they get irritated.
Shoot! You are right, she had that reaction to a bone and an antler so that ox bile could be it! Do you know of a good plant based enzyme to buy? If it doesn’t work for her, I can always use them for myself. I use them for when I eat beans…HA!
But what are the autoimmune diseases? I keep hearing autoimmune but really I don’t know what that is telling me? I mean does she have AIDS? HAHAHA!
She doesn’t have any diarrhea and she was treated for giardia back in January and was then tested with a negative result so she shouldn’t have that anymore. She doesn’t get any grains or glutens. Her allergies manifest themselves as rashes and hives and raw itching feet. Just when things appear to be getting better, they will suddenly get bad again for no apparent reason.
OH and digestive enzymes…sheeesh, those gave her diarrhea. I gave it for a few days and she had diarrhea so to test if it was actually that, I stopped it and it went away and started giving it and it came back. They were the Swanson’s digestive enzymes. So now I’m taking them myself…HA!
Yeah the vet, they just know how to give drugs, same with doctors. It’s like they don’t have time to be bothered with actually figuring anything out or getting to the bottom of an issue.
It’s just so darn frustrating!
I’ve lived in Texas most of my life and fleas don’t have a season…they are all the time and horrible. Just a while back, my niece(in Texas) asked if I knew why her dog would be suddenly scratching and gnawing herself. I asked her if she had fleas and she said “NO!!!!” She ended up taking her to the vet and she admitted that the vet showed her that her dog not only did have fleas, she was COVERED in fleas!
I live in Ohio now and it freezes a lot and we still have a problem with flea infestation. Luckily I don’t have fleas but I keep a very close eye inspecting daily. I’ve only found one flea a few months ago….I nearly had a heart attack! HAHA!
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Just a comment from the peanut gallery(whatever that means :)….my dog HATED the Blue Buffalo food too! This is a dog that is crazy about food! She’s loved all the other foods I’ve tried. She also did better on Pro Plan than any other food she’s had except what she is on now that seems to be a lot better for her allergies which is Natural Balance rabbit formula. Note: I only feed this because she has such severe allergies. I think that 4 health should be fine, the grain free is made by a better company and is still pretty cheap so just try the grain free one next. I wouldn’t worry about your current bag as long as your dog isn’t ill from it then it should be fine. Personally I believe that Diamond has so many recalls because they are such a large manufacturer of dog food.
One company that I see a lot of people like is Fromm. Their grain inclusive Gold formula is reasonably priced. I’m not convinced that grain free is right for all dogs after dealing with a dog that is sensitive to so many ingredients, it made me see things differently.
Edit to add: Foods we tried that didn’t work, Nature’s Variety Instinct(crazy expensive!), Earthborn Holistic Coastal Catch, Zignature Lamb, Avoderm Duck and Trout formulas, Blue Buffalo Fish and potato. She loved all those except the BB but sadly she was allergic to them. OH and Simply Nourish Grain Free (a Petsmart brand) that she loved. It wasn’t all that cheap for a store brand though but people seem to like this brand too, it worked the best for her digestive system but not for her skin.
Here’s just thought that I’d like to share with you: Don’t agonize on it that much because they are both fine foods from good companies. The proof with be in the way your ONE dog does on that food! I have agonized over trying to choose the perfect food for my dog until I’m blue in the face only to have that food I chose not work for my dog. Just buy a variety, keep your receipt for the possible return of the product and feed it and see how it goes. I think that if I were you I was start with Merrick because it’s available at Petco which takes EVERYTHING back if it doesn’t work. For me, the Fromm is something that only one little store carries that doesn’t allow you to return a food. Good luck! 🙂
A lot of people swear by Fromm. I would choose it over Wellness.
I’ve heard that, I wonder why they would do that? It must be something natural like the babies aren’t healthy and instinct tells them to kill them?
Well shoot that rules out the bird…miniature horse?
Diesel, that is exactly what I was thinking, if a person has issue with the use of meat as food, they need to have an herbivore as a pet and not a meat eater as a pet. A rabbit is a good choice. Maybe a bird?September 30, 2013 at 6:19 am in reply to: puppy food – grain free, potato free, chicken and beef free #25359 Report Abuse
Off the top of my head, this is what I’d do if I were searching. I would go to chewy dot com and search for dry dog food then you can narrow it down by choosing “puppy” then grain free and then by the meat you’d like to feed such as lamb. That will narrow it down and from there you’ll just have to check the ingredients they list for each food at chewy and see if it contains beef or chicken or potatoes.
Feeding a dog vegan makes as much sense as feeding a horse with meat. Have you looked at your dog’s teeth? Those suckers weren’t meant to chew grass! My dog can rip through a bone in mere seconds!
OH man, reading that is making my head spin! HAHA! I’ve been dealing with allergies since I adopted my dog back in Dec! I wouldn’t know where to start because any of that could be an issue. So you cannot think of anything new you just started? I’d try and figure out what’s the latest addition and stop that and see if it helps. It could be environmental too, shampoo? My dog will show signs immediately if she’s allergic to something.
You know, since I’ve taken up all the deer antlers and a plain white hard bone she’d been gnawing at…she is finally getting all healed up with no new odd flare ups! Yesterday she didn’t lick her feet at all.
If she is in fact allergic to bones (aren’t antlers the same make up as a bone?) and not the chemicals…is there an ingredient in dog food that I should avoid? Like “meal”? The girl at petco mentioned that I should probably avoid anything labels as “meal” but shesh, what does that leave me with? Not much. Does like “lamb meal” mean they’ve ground up bones too? If so, that could be a possible explanation for the other foods that she couldn’t eat before as they all contains a sort of “meal” in them. The NB potato and rabbit just says rabbit and not rabbit meal. When she was on the old food, Pro Plan it had some poultry by product meal but she didn’t have the same rash on that stuff. I guess the chicken bones would be different than a large animal bone? I’m just thinking out loud here…HAHAHA!
My dog does have a rope toy with a hard ball on it. I noticed that she kept pulling at the strings so I cut them all off. Mostly she gnaws the ball which is a good thing because it’s hard like a nylabone (kind of) and it cleans her teeth since she can’t have any bones or antlers anymore since I realized she’s allergic to them 🙁
But she doesn’t get to chew on anything unless I’m right there but still even at that, they are quick to tear something up! Her teeth are like little razors!
I have some frozen turkey necks that I stashed after we started on the LID foods. I’ve reached the point of trying new things and have been 0% successful so far! GAH! First the bone and now the antler. She actually had some deer antlers which I’m now thinking that were the cause of her occasional flare ups. I told me husband that I’m actually GLAD that she reacted so bad to that antler because(it opened my eyes) I had not for one second suspected that the deer antlers she’d been chewing could possibly have been the cause for her occasional flare ups but now I’m pretty sure that’s it. I know it wasn’t the cause all along because she’s only had the deer antlers for a couple months.
Have any of you ever heard of a dog being allergic to antlers? She chewed quite a bit of “marrow” out of it and by the evening, she had hives and a large raised welt above her tail. The hives were all over her back. Then she also had a huge blood filled pustule on the bottom of her foot. The good thing about her not having any treats or anything is that I can say 100% that the antler was the cause because she gets nothing else.
I have not gotten a reply from the company that sells the elk antlers! I believe that is quite telling! As for the red barn bones, I can actually smell some sort of cleaning agent on those bones. Definitely not a natural bone smell. The antlers however, do not have a smell.September 24, 2013 at 2:54 pm in reply to: Difference between Fromm Nutritionals and Fromm Grainfree #25050 Report Abuse
Like I said, at this point it is MOOT! They have the dog so let it go….September 24, 2013 at 12:25 pm in reply to: Difference between Fromm Nutritionals and Fromm Grainfree #25046 Report Abuse
Good point about sudden switches, that is probably what is the deal so just give it a bit longer and just stop feeding it if he begins to vomit or has the runs. More poo than normal really isn’t a health issue at least. Hopefully it was settle down after another week.
Being young is pretty much a moot point, he’s at his new home now. Back some years ago, 6 weeks was the normal age to go to a new home. I imagine some of the old folks are still in the mind set as not everyone spends hours on the internet researching especially older folks!September 24, 2013 at 10:39 am in reply to: Difference between Fromm Nutritionals and Fromm Grainfree #25041 Report Abuse
I know that it can be a pain, but you may just have to have different foods for different dogs. If the zig and fromm work for the dog with allergies then consider yourself extremely lucky and now find a food, maybe the fromm by itself for the dobbie pup to reduce the poo. I wouldn’t worry too much about the pooing a lot other than if it continues then change to something else. When I worry is vomiting and runs and rashes. Most likely it just has too much indigestible vegetables and fruits for his system. Be glad he’s not getting sick!
I can’t help on the rotating as I’m doing good to find only one food that my dog has not been allergic to so far…besides Purina Pro Plan which I really don’t want to go back to! But I can use the Purina as a base of operation and since she was not allergic to it I can safely assume that chicken is fine for her!September 24, 2013 at 8:40 am in reply to: Difference between Fromm Nutritionals and Fromm Grainfree #25030 Report Abuse
OH, chicken could be a trigger for some dogs. My dog that seems like she’s allergic to everything does not seem to be allergic to chicken but beef seems to have a horrible reaction.September 24, 2013 at 8:37 am in reply to: Difference between Fromm Nutritionals and Fromm Grainfree #25029 Report Abuse
Did you read through the thread to see if maybe some niggling questions get answered? Yeah a new post is really best so that >your< question will be answered. Just saying there may be some good info at that thread.
It really does seem like that your puppy isn’t digesting the zig food. That’s too much pooping!September 24, 2013 at 6:37 am in reply to: Difference between Fromm Nutritionals and Fromm Grainfree #25023 Report Abuse
Honestly…I wish that a best food could be recommended but it will depend on each individual dog and I really hate to say that. Since Zig is just really not working for your puppy, I’d take him off. So how much are you feeding him, did you mean 2 cups for the entire day or 2 cups three times? If you are feeding 2 cups three times then that is entirely way too much food. My 50 lb dog only got 2 cups a day on zig. I’m assuming you meant that you feed three times with a total of 2 cups for the whole day…right? It seems like, my dog was going about 5 times a day on that food which is kind of a lot. I think it’s got too much “fluff”. HA!
I see Fromm being recommended a LOT! People really do like it. Honestly, it is trial and error. What I thought would be a wonderful after researching until I was blue in the face, ended up totally not working for my dog that turned out to be highly allergic to peas. She is on a potato and rabbit diet right now that’s doing pretty good. She will need to find a better food eventually though so the whole trial and error deal will begin yet again. Unfortunately the whole grain free diet isn’t the answer for her because of allergies.
I’d say that of the brands that you mentioned, they all have their fans and non-fans. They are all high rated foods.
Have you posted in the large breed puppy thread yet? Aren’t you the same poster from the review section that asked and I mentioned the large breed puppy thread? I seem to recognize your name now. That thread should keep you busy reading for a few days! HAHA! I think it’s 30 something pages by now!
So here’s the latest in our saga…I bought a split Elk Antler yesterday at Petsmart, the brand is Prairie Dog Antlers and made in USA. Supposedly 100% natural and non-allergenic. It gives no information about if it was treated or washed etc. So, she had the same reaction to that antler as she did with that bone. She broke out in hives on her back, she had little raised bumps all down her back!!!! She was limping and biting her one foot, when I looked at it she had a huge pustule inside her pads! 🙁 She has been chewing deer antlers that I buy from a local man, he doesn’t treat them with anything. I have not noticed any reaction to them BUT they don’t have as much inside marrow stuff either. I’m am just getting so frustrated! I guess this poor dog just can’t have anything. I’m just glad I didn’t buy a bunch on line like I was fixing to do! The question still remains, are they treated with bleach for cleaning? I can’t imagine that they don’t sterilize them with something. I’m going to write the companies and just ask. If I get an answer, I’ll post it here!
When I bought the bone, I thought it would be harmless…HA! I wouldn’t have thought it was chew down that fast. She has another large hard white bone that she’s been chewing on for many months. She doesn’t get enough off of it to do any harm as far as allergies. She has a basket full of assorted sizes of antlers but she only wants the split ones. I don’t see any reaction to antlers either, she doesn’t really get anything off of them either. Her favorite thing to chew is a rawhide but she can’t have those since we figured out she reacts to them. It just seems like, everything that she enjoys chewing is bad for her. Bully sticks are gone in a minute with her. What I’m after is teeth cleaning.
OH I’ve been going insane trying to get a handle on my dog’s allergies. I have heard a lot of people really like the Nutrisca. I had a lady overheard me talking to the manager at the pet shop telling him about my dog’s issues and she came up to me with a bag of Nutrisca in her arms and was saying how this food saved her dog and that she’d gotten friends to change too and their dogs are improved. I can’t use it because of the peas though. I’m pretty sure the pea allergy is pretty rare though but is it what it is. Rare or not, it’s her issue I have to work around. It is extremely limiting on the high end 5 star foods as most of them include peas as a main carb source.
I’m pretty sure that if she seems better, they suggest to give a food 6 weeks. It’s hard to do though when you don’t see that the food has healed them yet! I keep hearing that flare ups are normal. I keep telling myself this, my dog has only been 3 weeks on the food that she is on. I want to give it a fair shake but I want her WELL!!!!!!!! It was drastic the immediate improvement from Nature’s Variety LID Turkey to the NB rabbit formula. Within 2 days I could see the rashes just fading away. Then the improvement slowed down. ACK!
I have also heard a lot of good things about Zymox, it’s supposed to be very gentle and natural and good for yeast. I’m using a RX shampoo right now that’s working. Sebozole is what I’m using now. There’s a hot spot shampoo at walmart they sell that’s very gentle too, brand name is Pro-Sense. Don’t use an oatmeal shampoo if you are dealing with yeast, it helps feed the yeast.
How long has she been on Nutrisca? It will take a while on a new food for the crud to get out of their system. I’ve been dealing with an allergy dog too. Your story sounds a lot like mine and my dog started off in a low end type food Pro Plan and I wanted a better food so bought Blue Buffalo and then all he(( broke loose. I kept trying new food changing the proteins and she just got worse and worse with rashes and red ears and raw paws etc. We are on NB potato and rabbit for three weeks now and things are improving but not perfect yet. She also will break out suddenly out of the blue. I’m telling myself it is what they call a “healing crisis”. Supposedly that’s all normal. I will tell you that she looks better now than she has since I switched her off Pro Plan. I’m assuming you took her off the Rachel Ray stuff because you wanted healthier? Or was she having problems on that? On Pro Plan, my dog was scratching a little but had a watering eye and that was pretty much all. Then we finally realized that all the foods she was allergic to had only one common ingredient and it is PEAS. I know she is allergic to other things too though like rawhide and cow bones.
I would suggest that you give her only one food until you find that it is OK. I would also suggest to not give any of those supplements you mentioned because right now you have no idea what she’s allergic to. My dog reacted badly to spirulina! If she has yeast then keep the probiotic. Then once you know the food is OK, add ONE new supplement at a time until you know it’s OK and no reaction. Any of these things can cause problems for a sensitive dog. She could easily be allergic to salmon oil or coconut oil or that glucosamine. Honestly the only thing that I can give my dog without it causing a problem, that I have tried, is her human grade probiotic.
If your dog was NOT allergic to the Rachel Ray food then look at the ingredients and try and find a better quality food with the same basic ingredients. Like if it has chicken then you know that chicken was not the issue. What I have learned from having a dog with allergies is that you can’t just say “oh that food has 5 stars it great for my dog”. It just doesn’t work like that. These dogs have a whole new set of rules when it comes to what to feed.September 16, 2013 at 10:34 am in reply to: List Your Dogs' Food Intolerances (Allergies) and the Dog Food That Works #24684 Report Abuse
Ya know bandb, my dog does have some eye boogers (HA!) and I bet you are right, it’s most likely caused by the potatoes. I think for now we’ll “bask in the glory” too! HAHA! It’s a very small issue compared to before.September 16, 2013 at 9:12 am in reply to: List Your Dogs' Food Intolerances (Allergies) and the Dog Food That Works #24679 Report Abuse
Patty, it would just seep out when she was sleeping. We’d be sitting around watching TV and she would be asleep on her blanket and all of a sudden the air would fill with that nasty dead fish odor.
OH and she is also allergic to beef rawhide and beef chew bones they sell packaged up like the Red Barn bones.
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blackandblue, the NV LID has PEAS right after the tapioca so don’t dismiss it’s the peas. The symptoms of pea allergy with my dog are: red ears, watering eyes (mostly just one eye), hairless dime to quarter sized rash with pustules on her back and one large one on her tail, red/raw underside of her neck, red rash all over her chest, irritated genitals, completely raw paws with bloody pustules, scratching of her sides and thinning of the hair on the sides from scratching, pimples on her chin, irritated elbows, gnawing on knees. That’s about it, I think…UGH!
Natural Balance potato and rabbit is the only food, so far, that has worked for her…and it’s basically a bag of potatoes but I don’t know what else to do…she has to eat and she loves the food and it seems to very much agree with her. Not only are her allergy symptoms going away, she also has a very regular digestion and no anal gland problems like she had on the others.
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blackandblue…it certainly could be something other than the meat that’s causing issues. That’s what I was doing…going from one protein to the next and finally I realized she’s allergic to PEAS! It caused all sorts of problems including itching ears. Now off the NV LID turkey and on to Nature’s Balance potato and rabbit and all her problems have vanished! But hopefully the wellness will be your answer! I just looked up that food and guess what…NO PEAS! Unless I missed it?
Thanks Patty! DER…I never even thought of that! That makes perfect sense! Thanks for mentioning that! 🙂
She is still going great on the NB rabbit formula. No yeast problems and her feet are just about all healed up, they had gotten really bad. I am seeing still some pustules pop up then go away quickly which I am hoping is healing crisis. It’s only been just over 2 weeks. She really loves the food. Her ears were always more pink than they should be on all those other foods we’d tried but now they are just normal looking. I’m very happy she can eat without getting a terrible rash.
I’d love to see a list of PEA FREE foods! I’ve got my fingers crossed they don’t go do something stupid like add peas to this formula like they’ve done with some of their others. Why would they add peas to a LID recipe? Isn’t the purpose of a LID to have few ingredients to help dogs with allergies? I just wish they’d quit trying to appeal to the human diet and worry about feeding dogs!
You’ll be doing the same thing with the dog as the kitten most likely. It’s a fungus.
Try a different kind of food with a totally different kind of filler instead of peas. I’m going to guess she’s having issues digesting those peas. Maybe try the very basic formula of Fromm and see if she improves with that. Most of the “better” foods have peas as the primary filler so it may be a bit difficult to find a good food without it. My dog is extremely allergic to peas. Her digestive system is so much better on potatoes too and has also helped with the anal gland issues.
OH OK thanks. They just had said not to use FOS but did not say why. I’m a “WHY?” kind of person! HAHAHA!
Which food are you trying now? Brand and “flavor”?
Anyone know why a holistic vet would say that you should not feed a probiotic with FOS? I cannot find the article I read anymore but I specifically remember that it was about treating candida in a dog and the author said to use a probiotic but do not use one containing FOS. I have seen the probiotic recommended over and over and over here that is from Swanson’s and contains FOS. Why would you avoid FOS?
I am currently giving PB8 to my dog and it is absolutely keeping the yeast at bay. I am giving her two pills a day for a 50 lb dog. She is on a potato based kibble right now due to allergies and even at that, the yeast is not causing her issues.September 9, 2013 at 10:28 am in reply to: Old dog with terrible skin allergies, food related #24391 Report Abuse
Marie, my dog didn’t almost die, the person asking questions here had a dog that almost died. Had a reaction and swelled up and had to be rushed to the vet. Dogs die from that! Heck humans can die from that. Your throat swells up and you suffocate! This is not something you dilly dally around with and ask questions at the forum…you have to do what you have to do!
Marie, my dog had a terrible rash all over her back and tail for months until I finally fed what the vet suggested in the first place. What I said was that I could have saved my dog a lot of misery if I would have listened to what my vet told me instead I tried to research and self diagnose.September 9, 2013 at 6:33 am in reply to: Old dog with terrible skin allergies, food related #24379 Report Abuse
I could have sworn that in this conversation she mentioned that her dog was tested and basically allergic to everything. Without going back and reading it all…
I was lucky enough to discover that my dog is allergic to peas. Once I started feeding her a “healthy” grain free diet is when it all went to heck. I finally listened to my vet and fed the food that he suggested (he did NOT sell it to me) and that is when the rash went away. Once I had a food that I knew she could eat, I then went through every ingredient and found the only same ingredient of all the grain free foods she had eaten and that gave her a rash, was the peas. The new food has potatoes and no peas. I kept trying new meats to find a cause of a terrible rash she had.
Had I LISTENED to my vet, I could have saved my dog a few months of misery. But NOOOO, I thought I knew more than my vet! We are not giving our vets enough credit for all the experience they have with working with thousands of animals for many years. So maybe they aren’t trained a lot in nutrition in college…so what, can’t a vet do reading and research on their own just like we can. And to generalize and say “vets know nothing about dog nutrition” is just wrong to say! There are way too many self proclaimed experts on the Internet these days! I’m not saying to just not do your own research but when a dog is so sick they have almost died, it is time to listen to our vet’s advice! Time to stop self diagnosing!September 8, 2013 at 6:55 pm in reply to: Old dog with terrible skin allergies, food related #24369 Report Abuse
But when you are dealing with a dog that’s almost DIED from an allergic reaction to food, I believe that a prescription food is warranted! Obviously her food choices she is making are not working, her dog almost died from it! I really think it’s ridiculous for us to be saying that vets know nothing about food! I think it’s crazy to think that we know more than our vets!