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Q: What is the best commercial dog food for a dog with food allergies?

September 15, 2009 | By lacey m. | 8 answers | Expired: 1767 days ago

lacey m.

Shar pei mix has suspected food allergies, we've read about doing a hypoallergenic diet or "novel" diet any suggestions?

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Kelaltieri
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Sep 23, 2009

hi! i'm a vet tech and i'd like offer my advice to you. :)

not all food allergies are from a grain the diet. before you rule this out, you can switch to a grain-free diet, try a food with a different kind of grain source. most grain allergies are from wheat or rice. a food with barley, potato or oatmeal as the grain source can be better for these kinds of allergies. eagle pack and wellness sell a few different varieties and are excellent quality foods.

if it seems like a grain allergy, switch to a grain-free diet . then if it seems like a protein allergy, you can use a food with a rare form of protein, like venison or fish. there are alot of brands that offer these kinds of diets too! wellness, evo, natures variety, etc.

remember, when switching from food to food, do it gradually. add a little new food into the old food until your dog is eating only the new food. also, food allergies can take a little while to show any signs. so, i'd suggest feeding one food to your dog for at least 6 weeks before switching to a new one. also, make sure you buy a food with ONE protein or grain source or you'll never figure out what your puppy is allergic to. and also, some grain-free diets can be too rich for a dog and may cause loose stools or diarrhea.

unfortunately, ruling out things for allergies is a long process. but, eventually, you'll find something that works for you, I PROMISE! :)

remember to consult with your vet, if you're unsure what to do. they always know best.

if you have any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an email! good luck!

PS. i feed my dog evo large bites formula.

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Judy M.
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Sep 20, 2009

talk to your vet

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Passion4pethealth
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Sep 17, 2009

Agree- holistic, corn free, wheat free, no byproducts is the way to go. However, we've stopped using all commercially sold pet foods and treats because of the terribly low standards for pet food manufacturing. Even Nutro, Blue diamond, Blue Buffalo have been recalled in the past!! For me, once a company has shown questionable manufacturing practices....I'm not trusting that company again.

We use a holistic food you can only purchase online. It's NEVER been recalled. The company that makes it goes the extra mile to ensure the highest quality ingredients is used. They are APHIS certified (very few companies have this certification)- which is a european manufacturing certfication (more strict than US, AAFCO regulations). I completely trust this company and our dogs and cat are healthier than they've ever been. Amazing what good nutrition does!

On another note, unless you're going to a holistic vet....most vets know very little about oroper nutrition. They're inundated by the commercial pet food companys so that's all they usually recommend.

If you'd like more information, feel free to email me @ amlynn_2000@yahoo.com

Best of luck to you!

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Mousefur
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Sep 16, 2009

Grain Free food is the best for any animal, it helps with allergies, weight control and numerous other things as well. If you know what your dog is allergic to exactly, I'm sure your vet would give you some suggestions. Good Luck.

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Jennifer
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Sep 16, 2009

We tried playing around ourselves with my golden's food when we suspected food allergies....let me tell you that it would have saved alot of time and money if we would have just did the food allergy blood test right away. It was great....it told us all that he was allergic to and what he could have as far as kibble, raw, canned, treats, ect. We got a list that literally had every type that he could eat and it listed if it was raw or whatever. We decided that we still wanted to feed him a kibble and went with the Natural Balance Venison and sweet potato. He has been doing great ever since. Remember it takes 6-8 weeks for you to actually notice a difference and to get the other food out of his system. Good luck!

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Mary C.
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Sep 16, 2009

Check into a grain free or good quality high protein diet, most allergies are caused by grains so if you can eliminate corn, wheat, and soy thats a good start. Look for alternative meat sources as well. Venison, Salmon, and Lamb are a few. I feed a grain free salmon and my dog has a beautiful coat and his skin is perfect. There is a holistic food called Canine Caviar and it is suppose to be an alternative food for prescription diets and allergen free, that could be worth cheching into as well. Dogfoodalylisis is a site for reviews and ratings on pet food that might help you find the right choice for your dog. Good Luck.

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DevilDawg
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Sep 16, 2009

Always check with your vet for suggestions, then check back in and ask for specific brands. . Wishing you luck in your search.

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Ethel02
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Sep 15, 2009

Holistic, no fillers, is the best way to go, I think venison & rabbit is good for allergies, check with your Vet.

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