Those with allergic dogs, what are you feeding them ???

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Those with allergic dogs, what are you feeding them ???

Postby Brad-and-Brodix » Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:11 pm

Brodix is becoming quite an allergic fellow, we have tryed a little bit of everything. Nothing has honestly worked and we really don't have the moneys right now for the testing the vet has recommended. Anyway at the moment he is eating BB fish and sweet potato with their can food mixed daily with benydryl. :frown:
It keeps him from scratching so bad, but I believe its starting to dry his skin out a little. He has what looks to be hives or bumps all over him if he scratches. We have tryed several foods over the course of the year or so and he seems to have done best on the BB. Who knows ? I think its probably enviromental, be he stays in the house and we have changed so much trying to figure this out, sheets, soaps, rugs, foods, even started giving him distilled water at 1 point !
Anybody with any pointers we're open to suggestions ???

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Postby ProudMommy77 » Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:24 pm

Have you tried giving him salmon oil as a supplement? The best thing you can do, is keep track of everything in a little note book. And do the whole process of elimination until you can get to the vet. My girl had horrible skin issues. It was quite embarassing to, lol, we switched her over to raw after some research and a chat with our vet. And no problems since. Is there a certin area the dog is scratching? I used Malseb with her for a bath time, at least twice a week, until we got everything under control. I feel your pain.

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Postby Maryellen » Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:32 pm

my 2 allergy dogs are on raw. i also wash everything in Tide Free Dermatologist tested allergy laundry detergent. since both have also airborne allergies, i bathe them in either Dermal soothe allergy shampoo or Malasaab or Chlorhexidine shampoo.. i also vaccum more and dust more, and wipe them down when they come in from outside. they also get no dry treats of any kind either

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Postby Allie » Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:36 pm

I never thought Sidney had food allergies. She was ELISA tested for environmental allergies and is super allergic to pollens and mites. Storage mites are found in dry kibble.
About a month ago we took her off all medications and started feeding green tripe. Then we added raw chicken, and after 3 days she was covered in hives and vomiting. SO.... chicken is out for her.
She is now eating lamb tripe and ground turkey with bones and doing well. It has taken a while to get to this point where she's finally showing improvement after being off kibble.
I plan to try other protein sources-- beef, fish, and pork, one at a time, slowly, to see if she can handle them.

In case you're interested, she has a blog which keeps track of her feedings day to day and any observations about scratching, hives, etc. It has photos to show progress as well.
www.thesidneybeandiaries.blogspot.com/

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Postby Brad-and-Brodix » Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:55 pm

Thanks everybody. Very interested in everyones stories. Just curious how old all of them were before they showed the signs of allergies ? As a pup, he had no problems, thats what is puzzling to me.........

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Postby Maryellen » Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:01 pm

my gsd showed allergy signs at 2 years old. she was fine before.. once she hit 2, that was it.. most dogs show signs around 2 years and up. my new pup has had allergies since i got her at 3 1/2 months old. we did allergy testing on both dogs just to be sure,plus a food trial elimination as well.

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Postby Allie » Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:13 pm

Sidda started with symptoms around 6 months, I think. We saw two vets who didn't believe it was allergies so young, so we just treated symptoms for a while before I did the allergy testing. In hindsight, I wish I just did it from the get-go.

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Postby Noriko525 » Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:10 am

Both myself, and my good friend have dogs who are pretty much allergic to being alive and we both have had success with Nature's Variety. My dog can only eat one 'flavor' but my friends dog (who's allergies are MUCH worse then Pearls) can eat any variety of the different flavors of Nature's Variety.

Pearl came to me with horrid allergies...she's about 4 or 5 years old now.

Friends dog, he's always had allergies (environmental and food) and he's progressively gotten worse as he's gotten older. He's almost 4 years old I believe.

Maybe Nikki will chime in, I know Toda has put her through the ringer with his allergies, and I've just sorta of followed on her coat tail and whatever's worked for him, I tried with Pearl since Toda's allergies are so much more severe then Pearls.

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Postby FBODGRL » Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:21 am

Khan eats Natural Balance fish and sweet potato. His treats are all some type of fish and wheat/grain free.

In the summer he gets a bath once a week with allergy shampoo and/or chlorhexiderm shampoo (I'm pretty sure he is allergic to grass)

He also take salmon oil,vitamin E and coconut oil supplements for his allergies.

This system has been working for us for quite a while. Although he recently had a flare up because his grandma bought him treats with chicken in it :oops:

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Postby Brad-and-Brodix » Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:19 pm

FBODGRL wrote:Khan eats Natural Balance fish and sweet potato. His treats are all some type of fish and wheat/grain free.

In the summer he gets a bath once a week with allergy shampoo and/or chlorhexiderm shampoo (I'm pretty sure he is allergic to grass)

He also take salmon oil,vitamin E and coconut oil supplements for his allergies.

This system has been working for us for quite a while. Although he recently had a flare up because his grandma bought him treats with chicken in it :oops:


The supplements i'm very interested in trying, where do you purchase them, and how much for a 75pd. fellow ?
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Postby FBODGRL » Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:48 pm

Here is some info that might help

http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/es ... ar2004.php

http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/fa ... an2006.php


Khan varies 50-55 lbs he gets
2-1000 mg salmon oil pills twice a day
1- 200 i.u vitamin e pill
coconut oil varies usually 1 1/2 tbsp split between his 2 meals

I order from iherb.com it is the cheapest place I have found.

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Postby Beowulf » Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:12 pm

Pollyanna developed allergies at around two. She's been fed BARF since I rescued her at 8-10 months. The things I have found so far, by a process of elimination, that she is NOT allergic to are chicken, mackeral, sardines, salmon oil, turkey and pork. Every couple of weeks I add something new and see how she does on it. Tonight I added back in a collard green/ACV mixture and no response yet.

With the things she is allergic to the response is almost immediate. A couple of hours and behind her ears turns bright red and her chest breaks out. She's white in those areas so maybe she's breaking out in other places and it's just that it's so obvious there. So far she's allergic to grass (not to eat), raw eggs and sweet potatoes.

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Postby Misskiwi67 » Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:12 pm

90% of allergic dogs are NOT allergic to foods, so therefore changing foods won't do you any good... especially since you're already on a good food.

If your pup is itching like crazy, your dog probably has a secondary yeast or bacterial infection that needs to be addressed. Ask your vet about medicated shampoos so you can treat at home without a million extra vet visits.

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Postby Kelli » Fri Jan 23, 2009 4:14 pm

Brad-and-Brodix wrote:Thanks everybody. Very interested in everyones stories. Just curious how old all of them were before they showed the signs of allergies ? As a pup, he had no problems, thats what is puzzling to me.........


Bailey showed signs of allergies at 3 months. It wasn't until 3 vets later that we were sent to a Derm. Specialist in Dallas. Bailey's is environmental, no food problems. My personal opinion would to go ahead and get him tested. We spent A LOT of money with the 3 dumbass' that apparently didn't pay attention in school. :po:


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