Q: food allergies in dogs
July 21, 2008 | By Mary A. | 4 answers | Expired: 2526 days ago
Anyone have any solutions on food allergies in dogs? My Roxy is allergic to most dog foods that have fillers in them- Also- has anyone heard for feeding dogs 1Tbs plain yogurt a day to prevent ear infections.
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Jul 22, 2008
My dog has severe allegies to pet food fillers. She was all but bald and had wasting from not receiving the correct nutrients in the food from the allergies. After many many hours of research we finally located Natural Balance. They have a allergy food for dogs and cats. We had just rescued the dog. She truly looked sad.We took her to the vets even after adoption to make sure it wasn't mange or anything else. Once we put her on the Natural Balance what a difference. There is no corn meal fillers for protein and junk added. They raise their own deer meat. Most of there meat is venison or duck. Now our dog has a full coat. No wasting she has strong muscles and is healthy again. They sell this food in canned and dry. My daughters cats all 3 had the same problem. She almost lost all of the to the allergies. The University Vet School near her had her put the cats on this food. Its all our pets can eat now. It is shocking the difference. Beautiful coats, healthy shiny coats. Healthy bodies. Able to runa and play. Normal stools again. I could go on and on. Most pet foods are full of corn meal for the protein base if you look. Even the very high priced ones. Natural Balance is not. Dick Van Patten is the owner of Natural Balance. This food is far superior to any brand out there and its truly the same price or less than general store brands. Can be purchased at Petco,Petsmart or any pet store. They even carry Reduced Calorie in this food. Which is great for dogs with allergys. Its great to not have to make your dog food and have this work. Just be sure to read all your labels. Hope this helps you.
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Jul 21, 2008
I have two dogs with food alergies. It's tough to figure out what it is. I used to feed bad dog food. They seemed to be fine with anything that had corn. I switched them to a "better" food that had wheat as a filler. They both broke it in head to toe hives after about a month of being on it. I went back to the cheap corn food and they were fine. I now feed most of my dogs Natures Variety. They have been on it for a couple years now and I have had no problems. I have one dog that eats Evo, due to some digestive problems she has. She can't absorb protien and Evo is the first food I found that keeps the weight on her. I have one other dog on Raw. She was so fat on the kibble, I switched her to raw and she is doing really well on it. I buy the Natures Variety Raw. It has the extras added in it. I don't have time to actually make her meals..lol! I think the key is to get a really high quality food, there are a lot of them on the market. Stay away from the supermarket foods....Try Evo, Natures Variety, Canidae, there are a ton of good foods that should help. You will just have to try and find one that works.
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Jul 21, 2008
I go to a holistic pet food store some can be purchased I have a Lab, she a rescue I found a food that has made her a new dg, she was on death row 8+yrs and I didn't even know what I was bringing home, she was a mess, I have greyhounds, Well I'll skip over our 2 yrs of trying everything and then U found Verus I give her the fish, potato & omega 3 + a bit of wet even though the bag gives directions to feed the same as any other food I talked to a nutritionist and you only need 1/2 Annie & greys get 4 cups of reg. kibble with a bit of wet, I now take a bag of frozen string beans & one of carrots cook them put in fridge, My Lab also is huge so she's on a constant diet, the string beans and carrots come in hand for that + the nutrition, so now we get 1 cup kibble in am & 1 cup pm mixed with a little wet food rabbit & fish are excellent for allergies, and the dog food (wet) doesn't smell Like cat food ( I hate fish), I add a some of my carrots & string beans, don't know how big you dog is use your judgement too much will give them the poops ( roughage ) they still get special dog treats from holistic store, but they get a few slices of apples cored really good no seeds or the rough stuff around the seeds seeds are poison also never grape/raisins, Venison in the wet food is also good for allergies, this may sound expensive but it works out cheaper the kibble is only 1/2 what you normally give the wet is a small spoonful and then the veggies and apples for treats, I also split a banana between them, the Lab that had everything wrong is a beautiful Lab she about 11+now and people ask me what breeder I used, also have your dogs thyroid checked that can also cause problems like allergies, since I got my 1st grey 16 1/2 yrs I've been giving yogurt, low fat not whole milk and not no fat my grey has a funny stomach, the other grey & the Lab can eat crap and be fine but they all get 1/2 cup as a good night treat with a few blueberries, the grey never had an ear problem the Lab like most floppy eared dogs does and no the yogurt hasn't done a thin for her ears my Vet knows me so I have an antibiotic ointment that I use when her yeast infection flares up that the one the smells & black gunk come out when cleaned, there is also one from mites, don't know how to care for that, for Annies ears & clean 1x ever 1 1/2 weeks with a cotton ball dampened with peroxide and clean out ear as far as your finger with cotton ball will go never use a q- tip leave that for a Vet it's too easy to hurt the ear drum and don't clean too much you will kill off good germs, what I've told you will help but when the smell is there and gunk keeps coming or they rup their head on the floor go to the Vet and get med. no over the counter waste of money, and no yogurt does nothing for Annies ears but the rest of her is doing great. Good luck, if you try what I say let me know how you make out
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Jul 21, 2008
The only real "solution" is discovering the ingredient or ingredients that your dog is allergic to and avoiding foods that contain those ingredients. The top 3 food allergens for dogs are corn, wheat, and soy, so that may be a start.
Food allergies are among the most difficult to nail down and figure out though since its usually so hard to pinpoint a specific ingredient!
I haven't heard yogurt being used to prevent ear infections. Plain uncultured yogurt contains "good bacteria" that helps your pet's digestive system. I'm not gonna knock it since I really don't know, but I have heard that diet has been linked to ear infections, so I suppose anything is possible :)
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