Canine Food Allergies

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    Canine Food Allergies

    Okay, I admit it , some dogs are allergic to chicken, my dog seemed to enjoy a variety of foods for 3+ years.

    However,  over the past year I observed intermittent scratching/pruritis, I decided to try to solve the mystery myself by process of elimination I determined chicken to be the culprit.

    She is now on a diet of Natural Balance fish and sweet potato (Limited Ingredients) dry food and a little bit of Paul Newman's canned beef and liver (no grain) products.  So far so good :)

    Angell Vets,  anything to add?  Thanks

    PS: If what I'm doing doesn't continue to work, I will definitely take her to a vet/ dog allergist/specialist for a workup...

     

     
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    Okay, now I'm eliminating potato (heard it's an allergen for some dogs)

    Anything to avoid going to the dog allergist.

    The more things I eliminate (chicken,grains,potato) the less she scratches!

    But she's still having occasional episodes

    The ground is frozen now so I can't assume environmental anymore. 

    One of the few potato free dry foods  (nutrisca)

     
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    Re: Canine Food Allergies

    Hi Robin,

     

    Food allergies are indeed very tricky.  Unless a food we're serving to our pets is a prescription diet there just aren't any regulations regarding limited ingredients.  Two of our own veterinarians (Drs. Parr and Remillard) recently did a study that showed all of the foods you reference to contain other protein sources beyond their label claim.  That's not necessarily a bad thing, however, because as you say: "so far, so good."

     

    The bottom line is that food allergies most definitely do exist; they are generally not  intermittent, and the only way to rule them in or out is with a homemade or rx limited ingredients(one protein , one carbohydrate) diet.

     

    I do hope that helps.  I'm so glad to hear your dog does appear to be doing better on the changed diet.

     

    Best,

     

    Dr. Joel Kaye,

    Angell Animal Medical Center

     
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     Thank you, Dr Kaye

    I am seriously considering tackling the home-made diet.

    After all, the quality brands are a tad on the expensive side and I really don't know exactly what's in them.

     

     

     
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    Re: Canine Food Allergies

    I found a dog food that has NO CHICKEN or EGG PRODUCTS.

    Solid Gold Just a Wee Bit Small Breed Adult Maintenance Dog Food

    PS: I guess there some others too, such as: Wellness Simple Limited Ingredients

     

     

     
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    My vet told me that a lot of the meat allergies in dogs are actually caused by genetic modification to those animals - the dog food gets the leftover meat from ducks "messed up" to be extra down producers for pillows, etc.  That's why many are having trouble with food that seems, on the face of it, like it should be perfectly fine for all dogs.  Like people, some dogs handle the genetic changes to their food better than others.
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     Now that the environmental allergies are under control (for the most part)

    I ran out of chicken/chicken broth a few days ago,  only to discover that my dog that receives immunotherapy seems to have stopped scratching!

    Dogs can have both environmental and food allergies, chicken/egg is a common one.

    Even though I did the elimination diet without any clear results, at the time she was having symptoms from the pollens and I didn't want to pay another $250 for the blood test.

    In retrospect, I think it's best to have the skin test and the blood work.

    Anyhow, I decided upon Wellness Simple limited ingredients (fish) and for a backup, Newman's Own Organics Organic beef canned food,  grain free, no poultry/egg products.

    Anything with Paul Newman's picture on it has to be good Smile

    I am also impressed with Solid Gold Barking at the Moon,  for my other dogs.

     
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    Re: Canine Food Allergies

    In response to kargiver's comment:

    My vet told me that a lot of the meat allergies in dogs are actually caused by genetic modification to those animals - the dog food gets the leftover meat from ducks "messed up" to be extra down producers for pillows, etc.  That's why many are having trouble with food that seems, on the face of it, like it should be perfectly fine for all dogs.  Like people, some dogs handle the genetic changes to their food better than others.
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    Absolutely. Max can eat real chicken meat I've cooked til the cows come home, but any poultry that's been processed for pet food or treats makes him itch all over.

    Solid Gold is a wonderful brand. Max was on Just A Wee Bit for about a year before I switched him to Spot's Stew salmon formula because the kibble in Just A Wee Bit was so small that he wasn't even chewing it anymore, just sucking it down like Hungry Hungry Hippos.

     
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    The high quality canned dog foods are so expensive, that I have found it to be cost effective to just cook up some lean hamburger (often price reduced on the last day it's best by).

    I freeze some of it, I only add about a tablespoon (maybe more for a large dog) to Wellness Simple dry food or any top shelf dry, they love it.

    I occasionally use canned salmon the same way, but it is rather salty, so maybe just every month or so.

    Assuming your dog is not allergic to beef or fish (chicken seems to be the main culprit).

    I add a little water,  some dogs don't drink enough H20.

     
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    Re: Canine Food Allergies

    Hi, pink - my vet said that meat in dog food makes many dogs itch because it has been genetically altered for some other reason.  For instance, duck based dog food makes Gracie itch; it's sent to the dog food companies after they have been plucked for down - those ducks were not bred for consumption, they were bred for super lofty feathers.  The meat gets ruined in that process and causes allergic reactions.  That's probably why you can cook human grade chicken for Max but he itches with dog food chicken.

    ETA:  Gracie has never chewed one single kibble, lol.
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    I was boiling human grade chicken, no chemicals or added ingredients.

    Chicken/egg is a common culprit for causing pruritis in canines

    Environmental allergies are more common than food allergies.

    Skin testing and a blood test by a specialist (dermatology/allergies) is the only way to really sort it out.  If the symptoms have been going on for a year or more.

    I received incorrect information from the regular vet and found out later that this is not at all uncommon.

    You can try an elimination diet (1 protein, 1 carb), but if the pet is responding to environmental allergies at the same time, you won't get clear results.

     

     
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    Re: Canine Food Allergies

    Genetic modification of food can cause allergies in pets as well as humans.  Check out The Future of Food in Netflix.
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