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    We are currently going through the same thing as you. I see your Hugo is all white like our Dually who is 3 1/2 years old and for some reason allergies are even worse in white haired breeds my vet told me.

    Dually has been on TLC Pet Food since he was pup then we tried Orijen Six Fish next (our vet was concerned that the Crude Protein of 38% is much too high for him plus he was pooping like no tomorrow - very hard on the kidneys too). Just last week we switched Dually over to Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free Nutrition (Limited Ingredient Diet) Rabbit Meal Formula. It was suggested to me that either the Rabbit Meal Formula or Duck Meal Formula are the 2 better choices for dogs with extreme allergies (Chicken being the worst) so I am starting with the Rabbit one. Also the Crude Protein is not as high at 27.0%. I've attached the link, there is a big difference between the Limited Ingredient Diet (1 protein and 1 starch only) and just the regular one so be sure to get the Limited Ingredient Diet if you decide to try it. Good luck keep us posted on your little guy and if you happen to find something that works for you. We are only a week in so we’ll see how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarleneK View Post
    We are currently going through the same thing as you. I see your Hugo is all white like our Dually who is 3 1/2 years old and for some reason allergies are even worse in white haired breeds my vet told me.

    Dually has been on TLC Pet Food since he was pup then we tried Orijen Six Fish next (our vet was concerned that the Crude Protein of 38% is much too high for him plus he was pooping like no tomorrow - very hard on the kidneys to work that mu). Just last week we switched Dually over to Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free Nutrition (Limited Ingredient Diet) Rabbit Meal Formula. It was suggested to me that either the Rabbit Meal Formula or Duck Meal Formula are the 2 better choices for dogs with extreme allergies (Chicken being the worst) so I am starting with the Rabbit one. Also the Crude Protein is not as high at 27.0%. I've attached the link, there is a big difference between the Limited Ingredient Diet (1 protein and 1 starch) only) and just the regular one so be sure to get the Limited Ingredient Diet if you decide to try it. Good luck keep us posted on your little guy and if you happen to find something that works for you. We are only a week in so we’ll see how it goes.

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    If I didn't know better Hugo and Dually could be twins! Thanks for the info you posted. I was actually going to try the Natures Logic mentioned above but I quickly realized that it isn't available anywhere near me. I really don't want to rely on ordering over the internet. I went to the pet store here that specializes in many different high end dog foods. The same place I have been getting his Fromm from. They suggested going with Zignature. They also agreed that fish was probably the best. I went ahead and bought a bag of the Zignature Trout and Salmon. The more I read about it the better I feel. It has no chicken or chicken fats, no eggs, no potatos, no grains, no dairy. It seems that many dogs are not very tolerant of dairy or eggs. Both the Fromm formulas I tried have egg and dairy in them. I attached a link below. I will update how it goes. I just really want to get Hugo feeling his best so I hope this food does it.

    http://www.zignature.com/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Hugo the Great View Post
    If I didn't know better Hugo and Dually could be twins! Thanks for the info you posted. I was actually going to try the Natures Logic mentioned above but I quickly realized that it isn't available anywhere near me. I really don't want to rely on ordering over the internet. I went to the pet store here that specializes in many different high end dog foods. The same place I have been getting his Fromm from. They suggested going with Zignature. They also agreed that fish was probably the best. I went ahead and bought a bag of the Zignature Trout and Salmon. The more I read about it the better I feel. It has no chicken or chicken fats, no eggs, no potatos, no grains, no dairy. It seems that many dogs are not very tolerant of dairy or eggs. Both the Fromm formulas I tried have egg and dairy in them. I attached a link below. I will update how it goes. I just really want to get Hugo feeling his best so I hope this food does it.

    http://www.zignature.com/index.html
    They could be twins, Hugo is so cute ! I've never heard of Zignature thanks for adding the link it looks like a really good option as well. Please keep us posted on how Hugo does on it am curious to know myself. We only want the best for our fur babies .


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    Default Re: Strugling with food allergies

    We're in this same situation. One thing the vet said that made sense is that if we keep trying different foods it will be more difficult to put him on an elimination diet if we need to. So for now, I think I'm going to keep him on the Acana lamb and apple, plus probiotics. He digests this food than any previous foods. To be continued...


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    Quote Originally Posted by RaRett View Post
    we too are on that food rollercoaster.... and it is challenging to find a food that has NO chicken in it at all (no chicken meal, no chicken FAT, no chicken chicken) Blue does have a Basics' salmon that doesnt have chicken, and right now I put them on EARTHBORNE HOLISTIC MEADOW its LAMB Based, no chicken, available at Tractor Supply.
    @King Hugo the Great .... Earthborn is a good choice too --- @KMARINO feeds this to her Vegas as well and he does really good on it.
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    @RaRett Vegas has been on Earthbourne for almost two years, Lamb, and does very good on it, better than he did NVI Salmon and he was horried on Fromms!!

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    Hugo has been on the Zignature Trout and Salmon for 5 days now. He seems to be doing fine on it. He is still licking his paws and scratching his face but it will probably take more time to see if this is actually working. The lady at the pet store said it could be a month before we see improvement. She also suggested giving him a probiotic. They sell a product called Geneflora. I didn't buy any but it might be something we will try if things don't imrove after a few weeks. Has anyone heard of this product or has any tried it?

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    We went though the same thing with Brutus. He was getting interdigital cysts and ear infections and vomiting and the vet said it was food related. The vet suggested a fish based food also. we tried Wellness Core Ocean blend. Brutus had a horrible reaction to it and is now on prescription food. The Wellness is supposed to be great food though. You might want to try that. I think Brutus' tummy had just had enough and needed the prescription food.
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    I'm going through the same thing with Lucy. I know it's food related because every time she has a reaction, eg: paw licking, tear stains, etc, I go back to the bland diet and the symptoms clear up. Then I introduce a new food. So far she has had almost immediate reactions to peas, sweet potatoes, and oatmeal. The only thing she hasn't reacted to was green beans. I may just keep her on home cooking for life. So may kibbles, especially the grain frees have peas and/or sweet potatoes. You really just have to, like someone posted above, feed one protein and one carb until things clear up, then add one food at a time for a week or so, or until you see some symptoms. Good lucjk!

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    You might also try Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diet. They make several flavors--lamb and rice, potato and duck, etc. You can read the ingredient list on the website and most flavors have a matching treat, so you can really restrict what they're getting. My vet recommended the sweet potato & salmon to me (and said that's what she gives her two bullies). She also said to be very careful with treats: If you give something with different ingredients you negate all the good you do with the food. She told me not to even give my girl any real animal bones. Stick to ONE animal protein source (fish in our case, something else if that's working for you) and no grains. She said I could give protein like peanut butter or PB flavored treats.

    I buy the food locally at a smaller pet supply chain that specializes in natural foods, but Petco has it and so does Amazon.

    If you really still have problems you can get antihistamines, too.

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