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  • in reply to: Tummy problems & soft stool in 7mo puppy #105268 Report Abuse
    jella
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    The vet kindly pushed us to go ahead and send his blood work off to the pet allergy testing labs. He had food allergies that scored real high. After we found a pet food company that made a food for him his stomach problems stopped completely. Might be something to consider. Our dog came back allergic to Barley, Rice, Corn, White Potatoes, Duck, Flax, or (Flaxseeds) Milk, Pork. But if you can’t do this I would just find a good dog food with maybe a couple of good ingredients to try for awhile. Maybe canned pumpkin or sweet potatoes would help his tummy.

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    Our vet sent his blood off to the pet allergy testing labs. He is a large lab and weighs about 118 lbs. and loves to eat a lot. LOL. He still acts like a puppy but he is 7 years old. We never trained him but after we brought him home as a puppy he started carrying his stuffed animals in his mouth all day. He even brings us his bowl when he wants food. LOL. I asked my husband if he wanted to make his dog food and he said he preferred to buy it. We use a little of the canned version of dog food also. We can’t use any of the ingredients listed above because they were on the highest end of allergic. I think it was a number 4 or 5 for allergic.

    jella
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    Hello Inked Marie,
    I did go and type in Limited Ingredient Diets and it brought up the whole list. I went through each one but I might have missed something but it looks like Koha Limited Ingredient Diets might work but it had mussels, and I don’t think his allergy company tested for mussels. So not sure about that one. It looks like GO Sensitive + Shine the fish might work but I didn’t want to feed him fish everyday. Pugsmomsandy just recommended Taste of the Wild all formulas. I seen some formulas listed sweet potatoes as a main ingredient. But when I went to read the formulas they list sweet potatoes, then later on they will mention “potatoes” so does this mean they also put in “regular white potatoes” and call them “potatoes”? One of his 8 allergens is white potatoes. He is allergic to Barley, Rice, Corn, White Potato, Duck, Flax, Milk, and Pork. Almost all of those dog food formulas with each company listed under the Library tab when I searched had at least one of the ingredients he is allergic to. I did the Limited Ingredient Foods search under library.
    Dr. Mike and his staff, helpers, all members are doing a fine job of helping on here.

    jella
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    You are a tremendous big helper to us pugmomsandy. U fed your dog any of those formulas? Thank you for doing this for us as we are not as tech savvy as others. Those look great and don’t have one thing he is allergic to. Please keep posting any other formulas that you find that will help us.

    in reply to: DOGFOOD COMPLETELY NO GRAINS INCLUDING FLAXSEEDS #105246 Report Abuse
    jella
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    crazy4cats. The vet sent his blood off to the pet allergy testing lab.

    jella
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    Didn’t know u could do that. Thank you Inked Marie. I wish they listed the companies that made the foods also.

    in reply to: DOGFOOD COMPLETELY NO GRAINS INCLUDING FLAXSEEDS #105242 Report Abuse
    jella
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    Thank you Jane.

    in reply to: DOGFOOD COMPLETELY NO GRAINS INCLUDING FLAXSEEDS #105237 Report Abuse
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    Does canine Caviar come in wet and dry? We use the canned to give hide allergy pills in?

    jella
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    Yes,
    It has been all over the tv news. Over hundreds of dogs have died taking all the different oral flea medications. Mentioned toxins similar to what they put on your yard as an insecticide. TV news suggested to use the rub on kind if you couldn’t do all natural. News said they kill young puppies even no known ever health problems. Internet has all kinds of stories about this subject. Facebook has groups that have testimonials of some of the people that have lost their pets to all the different oral flea and tick medications.

    jella
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    My husband and I wouldn’t even know where to start to make a high quality raw diet. I mentioned it to him but he said that he would rather purchase it instead. I see there is 5100 types of dog foods and over 400 companies so we thought at least there might be many suggestions.

    jella
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    LT, I will check to see if there are some specialty stores nearby. We mostly have chain stores all over Florida. The feed stores like to carry the grain brands. That is so nice that Declan gets to go to doggy day care three times a week to play with other dogs. We had two other labs one lived to 15 (chocolate), 16 (black) and then we rescued a cocker spaniel when he was about 6 yrs. The previous owners didn’t give him heart worm meds so our vet didn’t think he could take the tougher protocol so he just said give him a pill once a month and see how long he lives. He was so sweet and loved to boss Big Hoss around all the time! Hoss was so sweet to him. They played all the time. Big Hoss misses him so much and so do we. He lived just two years after that. I see the vet has built an indoor swimming pool and has dog swim play dates. I am going to take him there this summer. He loves to swim. I have never had a dog with allergies and I have had a lot of rescues and other dogs. So this was stumping me because I waited the longest time thinking it would go away because his first two years no sign of any trouble at all. Ate everything he wanted that was safe for dogs. Declan sounds like mine when it comes to looking for food. When he was only a year old he stood up reached his paws way back to the counter (it was far) and pushed in the floor the whole baked chicken! He had eaten a lot of it when I finally caught him! LOL Well he got reprimanded for doing it. Labs are so much fun. I have had german shepards and other dogs smaller in the past. This was our first time with labs and they have been so much fun! They can’t stand away from you and always want you teaching them new tricks, playing ball, etc.

    jella
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    Hello Friends,
    I just ordered the Krill Oil for dogs from Dr. Mercola / Dr. Karen Becker website. I get their newsletters each week. I give him about 10 quick squirts in his mouth or on a dog cookie. He really likes the taste and the Krill Oil seems to help. He seems more energetic and not scratching anymore. Has anyone given this to their dogs?

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    DogFoodie, I understand what you are saying about it not having limited amount of ingredients. The rep suggested the 6 Fish Formula after I emailed her a list of all his allergies. She emailed that it had low fiber. I ordered a small bag on chewy.com to try this one first. The KiwiPeak company didn’t bother to email me after I emailed asking a question. I will try the other recommendations that the friends on here have suggested if this doesn’t work. He is allergic to Bahia grass and we have some in sections and St. Augustine in sections. He might have to have the allergy shots for grasses, trees, etc. to help his immune system get used to the triggers. He loves to track smells when he goes out to potty and I feel really bad about not letting him do that when he goes.

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    Dear LT, Champion did get back with me right away about the alfalfa percentage. It is a very small amount 3 %. So I agree with you about they are probably careful (hopefully) about cleaning it out if it has been sprayed with pesticides. They have been really helpful and answered all the emails. The KiwiPeak company hasn’t even bothered to answer a question I wrote days ago. So I am going to try the 6 fish formula that the company rep suggested to try first. It was a lot cheaper than the freeze dried and my dog probably eats like your dog. I will try to look see what they suggest for his weight. Just ordered it from Chewy.com. So thank you for copying everything for me and getting right back to me so fast. I hope they ship fast, he is getting used to these fried hamburgers and special foods given to him each night. LOL Oh the vet said he wasn’t allergic to virgin coconut oil so maybe I can supplement this with his dry food. At least 1 Tbl. spoon full for his hair to grow back. I read where Virgin Coconut oil kills viruses, bacteria, and fungus infections in humans I am assuming it works the same way for dogs.

    jella
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    Dear LT, I finally found the list with ingredients. Thank you for your help. I did receive an email back from Orijen an Acana telling me that all their products including the treats contain alfalfa. Fiber for the dogs. What do you think about the alfalfa being in it? With so many pesticides, etc. in grains I am not sure. I didn’t realize that dogs needed extra fiber or that much. Still undecided about this one because of the alfalfa.

    jella
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    Thanks everyone it sounds like I am getting some great advice. But I can’t seem to find out where these ingredients lists are for these brands. My vet would like for me to bring a copy of what I choose along with his treats. Big Hoss does need dog food to help his hair grow back in places. He is a short haired lab so he has a few places where he scratched. I heard give coconut oil with a food or cookie for their hair. I guess it is ok for him. They didn’t mention it on his list. Well he is shredding a paper bowl that I fed him his egg in this morning. I sometimes let him do that for entertainment so I guess I better sign off for now and go pick up the pieces. LOL

    jella
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    Dear zcRiley, I emailed your company to ask about their treats and dog foods this morning. Haven’t heard anything back yet. Would you tell me where you got the list of ingredients for that KiwiPeak so I can show his vet if I choose this one. I am supposed to take her a copy.

    jella
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    Dear GC, Can you tell me where you are finding the ingredients listed? I looked at the one the dogfoodadvisor had picked out and it listed white potatoes. I guess it is gluten free also then?

    jella
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    Dear LT, I emailed Orijen this morning asking for them to tell me where to go to find all the ingredients in both their dog foods and treats. I haven’t heard back yet but it has just been a day. Is it the freeze dried Orijen Tundra that you said doesn’t contain anything on his allergy list and also no barley so I guess this is grain free then and gluten free right? Did you say a cup of freeze dried twice a day? I was trying to get a copy of all the ingredients so I could email to his vet but couldn’t find ingredients listed for all their products on their website. Also I suspect you know what you can substitute for (milk) ice cream that I used to give him in the summer a lot. I got fooled by his blood test results. The vet said he guessed it was ok for Hoss to have milk unless it gave him messy stools. It didn’t so I assumed ice cream and cheese were ok for him. He can’t have any of his Baconology treats anymore. They contain corn and corn gluten. I guess Pup-Peroni is ok didn’t look like any of his allergies. But not sure what they meant by meat by products. ??

    jella
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    oh great to hear about chewy.com didn’t know about that one.

    jella
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    Hoss says thanks to everyone so far. I was hoping that he wouldn’t have to start on those allergy shots because he isn’t out all the time. Mainly stays in the house except to play, when we are outside and potty. So the vet hoping the food test might stop his having to take shots. Does anyone have to give their dogs benedryl? She said I could give him 25mg. only twice a day because he is a big dog. She said they can take benedry every day of their life. But so far only in the evening I give it because I am trying to find out with his food. I hope nobody thinks bad of me but I started giving him a few of my French fries when I had them because I knew he loved them. He would shake for more fries but I am glad I finally found out it was the white potato as one of his foods not to eat.

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    Oh thanks also zcRiley,

    Well thanks for the website information and telling me about your pups doing better on this brand. This might be a good one also for him. Sounds like you have done your research also like L.T. has. Nice the owner emailed you back. Big Hoss is laying beside me as I type and I think I might have good news for him because of you and L.T. so far! I am assuming you both probably order these through Amazon.com.

    jella
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    Oh LT,

    thanks while I was reading articles on alfalfa I see you posted that the freeze dried tundra doesn’t have alfalfa. YIPPEE, YIPPEE, SO IT MIGHT WORK AFTER ALL.

    jella
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    Dear LT,
    it seems that alfalfa is not gluten but it does trigger autoimmune disorders in humans and animals. So I guess the Orijen Tundra is maybe out. But thanks for helping I might have to use it after all. But I will go on and google the other suggestions also. I am afraid since he is so allergic the alfalfa might trigger some autoimmune disorders for him. But thanks.

    jella
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    Dear LT,
    Thanks for telling me about Orijen Tundra. Well I might be wrong then about alfalfa. Maybe it is gluten free. Why do you think they would want to put alfalfa in their receipe? I am just curious. Everything else seemed great so I was wondering why they needed it. I didn’t know dogs liked alfalfa. I guess I can call the company. You said your labs liked it and haven’t ever had any problems so far. Sounds good.

    jella
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    Thanks DogFoodie,
    I will look there also.

    jella
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    Dear zcRiley,
    I am guessing that the ZiwiPeak Daily doesn’t have any grains because it isn’t listed on your list. I could not find a review of the lamb selection that you mention here on this site. Did you get the information off the internet somewhere else?

    jella
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    Dear zcRiley,
    I will try to look this one up now. The ZiwiPeak Daily. Do you know of anyone that has fed their dog this brand? Ok I will go look and see if it is gluten free. Trying to get gluten free because it causes so many medical issues for humans and dogs. Ok be back in a minute.

    jella
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    Dear LT,
    I just checked the Acana and it had white potatoes. So that is out. But it looked like Orijen Tundra didn’t have any of his bad foods but aren’t you scared of alfalfa? That is for horses and grown in fields with high pesticides. I might consider this one if I have to do so but years ago started getting a little arthritis so they tested me for gluten intolerance and I tested positive. Doctor said then that human and our pets should not have foods with gluten in them. Causes constant inflammation and visits to the doctor. I think Alfalfa has gluten. My vet asked me to strictly abide by her rules for 3 months with only what he is allowed to eat. She found out he also had environment allergies to oak trees, Bahia grass, and palm trees. She wants to avoid allergy shots so she wants to see for three months how he does with the food test. So far so good. Hardly any thick eye discharge in the mornings when he first wakes up. No scratching, itching or red spots so far.

    But it seems they just pick one of the company brands to write about and I need to check all the offered ones everything on their label. Do you know how to do this?

    in reply to: Eating issue with new pup #72132 Report Abuse
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    They have proven that eggs are good for the brain, muscles, etc. They don’t clog the arteries either. It is the best people food for breakfast for humans so that is why I decided to give it to my dog as a puppy. You might have to hand feed a little egg with the dog food not much as you get the puppy used to it but I think this will work for you. Egg and a couple of bites of dog food. Egg and a couple of bites, again until you think she is almost full. It worked for Hoss as a puppy.

    jella
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    The vet says he is not overweight just a little taller and muscled up. He has the head of the English labs but I guess is a little taller. I have been scrambling him eggs in a paper bowl in the microwave to mix in with his puppy food since the lady gave us him at 5 weeks. She said he was the biggest eater and wasn’t letting any of the puppies eat so she wanted me to take him early. Right now he is on three scrambled eggs a day in the morning. I don’t have to use oils with the paper bowl method. But he likes a little snack during the day before he gets his fried hamburger.

    jella
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    Not yet. I somehow missed reading about those dog foods. I will go look up Orijen Tundra or Acana. Thank you I was hoping someone would respond. Big Hoss thanks you.! He likes to snack a little during the day so I need something for him between breakfast and dinner.

    in reply to: Eating issue with new pup #72128 Report Abuse
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    When I had to keep changing dog food for my lab with allergies (runny nose, blood shot eyes, sneezing,) so many in the last two years I would scramble eggs (yolk and white) in a paper bowl under one minute in microwave then cool in refrigerator, then mix in with the new food. He would eat everything but poor thing haven’t found a dog food yet just joined this site. Finally someone suggested blood allergy testing. Results are back but it seems all dog foods I have found so far will either put white potato or rice as an ingredient. He is allergic to both. I will hope others will help me find something fast. If you make it more than one egg just adjust the time on the microwave I think I do 2 eggs like 1 min. 15 sec. They get no grease or oils this way if you use a paper bowl. My lab has had eggs mixed in since 5 weeks old with his puppy food. Hope this helps.

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