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January 25, 2015 at 7:15 pm in reply to: dog allergies frustration need advice #65080 Report Abuse
How about Nature’s Variety Instinct LID? They have Turkey, Duck, and Rabbit flavors.
Link to the turkey – http://www.instinctpetfood.com//product/instinct-grain-free-limited-ingredient-kibble-dog-food-turkeyJanuary 22, 2015 at 9:35 pm in reply to: Honey supplementation the facts? #64731 Report Abuse
It’s one thing to feed your dog honey with local pollens, but it’s another to find one that has pollens your dog is actually allergic to. In theory, yes this can help, but without knowing the pollen content/concentration it is difficult to dose correctly.
What you are trying to do, and what you really want, is sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) – building up tolerance to allergens by introducing them slowly over time. SLIT does have research, particularly with humans, to back it up: http://www.allergychoices.com/Physicians/Research/Bibliography/default.aspx
You can have your dog allergy tested and get a custom formula of allergens made for you. One company that does this is Heska – http://www.heska.com/Products/ALLERCEPT/Allercept-Drops.aspx
There are non-custom formulas available, based on regional allergens as well. Even products labeled for children (alcohol free) are fine if the rest of the ingredients are dog-safe.
http://www.meditrend.com/allergena-kids-formulas/January 22, 2015 at 6:38 pm in reply to: Vitamin e or not #64721 Report Abuse
@k9education, I’m also concerned about soy derivatives for thyroid reasons. So I stick to vitamin E derived from palm. In particular, products that include Tocomin, which is a trademarked full spectrum Tocotrienol/Tocopherol complex:
I’ve been getting this at Amazon, 150 pills for ~$25.
http://www.amazon.com/Healthy-Origins-Tocomin-Supra-Tocotrienols/dp/B004KU5R5ODecember 8, 2014 at 8:02 pm in reply to: List Your Dogs' Food Intolerances (Allergies) and the Dog Food That Works #59681 Report Abuse
@theBCnut, I know this thread is a bit old, but your comment about histamine intolerance was interesting. I looked it up, and in some cases supplementation can help. I was curious if you can tried something like this –
“Diamine oxidase (DAO) is an essential enzyme in the body that breaks down histamine.”
http://www.swansonvitamins.com/health-library/products/daosin-histamine-intolerance-supplement.htmlDecember 8, 2014 at 4:03 pm in reply to: Your Most Recommended Dog Treats? #59677 Report Abuse
Ever since my dog’s allergies became a big factor in his life, we’ve switched to freeze dried and limited ingredient treats (as well as food).
We get treats from Orijen Singles, Stella and Chewy’s Carnivore Crunch, Sojos Simply, Etta Says, Whole Life, PureBites, and Vital Essentials.
Recently I discovered the VE cat food on Chewy. It makes for excellent training treats! They are smaller nibblets than the dog food, with a few additions that I like. Comparison –
Turkey Nibblets (dog)
Ground turkey with bone, turkey heart, turkey liver, herring oil (natural source of vitamin D), mixed tocopherols (natural antioxidant), d-alpha tocopherol (natural vitamin E)
Turkey Nibblets (cat)
Ground turkey with bone; turkey heart; turkey liver; boneless skinless turkey breast; raw organic goat’s milk; raw organic apple cider vinegar; herring oil; mixed tocopherol; d-alpha tocopherolNovember 11, 2014 at 8:47 pm in reply to: Budget friendly Probiotics #57017 Report Abuse
LOL, theBCnut, Naturella, if you guys do start making your own kefir, please report back your experience!
I’m not at the point yet where I’m ready to put the milk in the cupboard along with the cereal, but I’m guessing someday I will. My friends referred to their kefir like a pet – gotta remember to feed it and change it!November 10, 2014 at 8:02 pm in reply to: Budget friendly Probiotics #56883 Report Abuse
Kayla, it’s liquid. Fermented milk. You’ll find it in the refrigerated section of the grocery with the yogurt. The most common brand is LifeWay. Get Plain, unflavored (no sugar), and full fat is fine. 🙂
Kefir made from goat milk is even better, though pricier. I alternate between the two.
Even cheaper is to make it yourself. It sounds odd, but you put the kefir kernels in milk and leave it out. Most people I know who’ve tried this have more kefir than they know what to do with!
Blog on how to make kefir