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    Default EB Allergies - we've tried Fromm and Orijen, is it safe to try the Iams prescribed by the vet?

    Hello Everyone,

    I have been reading through many of the posts on nutrition, allergies, bulldog care, and training. I absolutely love how sweet and helpful everyone is on this forum. You have a wonderful community!

    I have a 14 month old EB, Jameson, who has been dealing with allergies (the itchies as we call them) since he was about 6 months. Due to the advice on this forum, we've tried him on just about every grain free version of Fromm that we could find. We settled on lamb as it seems to agree with him the best. We've also tried Orijen 6 fish and regional red. Orijen, like Blue Buffalo, makes Jameson drink exorbitant amounts of water. I always start mixing in a few nuggets at night so that I can make sure there's no terrible reaction. With Orijen and Blue Buffalo, he went through 2 bowls of water in a span of 20 minutes.

    The only treats he is currently getting are frozen green beans and turkey (cold cut - this is how he gets his 1 benadryl a day).

    I found the sticky on allergies and have tried switching the bowls, the recommended products, etc. It seems from most of the posts that it tends to be food related.

    The vet has prescribed Iams Skin & Coat Plus. The thought of him eating Iams is a little scary. Has anyone tried this or do you have any other suggestions on other foods we can try? We have had bad luck with chicken (vomiting) so we are staying away from anything with chicken in it.


    Thank you!

    Nina (Jameson's Mom)

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    Default Re: EB Allergies - we've tried Fromm and Orijen, is it safe to try the Iams prescribed by the vet?

    That food is made up of mostly oat flour, canola meal and kangaroo. While it may be worth a try, and could help, this is not a good diet for long term health, especially when they weighed the kangaroo meat it was wet and not dehydrated so I doubt that there's very much kangaroo in it at all.

    Surprisingly that's not too bad of a food- it's the long term damage it could do that worries me.

    Honestly I would try it just to see if it works. If it does, you could supplement with Nuvet plus.

    Also a word about turkey cold cuts, I can't give those to Molly or she breaks out in hives, so you may want to try a safer pill disguise like a small bit of americancheese.


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    Default Re: EB Allergies - we've tried Fromm and Orijen, is it safe to try the Iams prescribed by the vet?

    Another alternative would be to detox with one of the base mixes from The Honest Kitchen for a month or so then slowly introduce different animal proteins to see which ones cause a reaction while still using the base mix as you control the animal proteins that go in it. We had to do this for my Harlea and it worked wonders to the point that we not only identified which animal proteins caused problems but the amounts of ech she could have before problems occurred.
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    Default Re: EB Allergies - we've tried Fromm and Orijen, is it safe to try the Iams prescribed by the vet?

    I was also going to suggest The Honest Kitchen
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    Default Re: EB Allergies - we've tried Fromm and Orijen, is it safe to try the Iams prescribed by the vet?

    Agree, were on the honest kitchen and we add our own protein. It's the only thing that's worked great for us after going through at least 8-10 different kibbles & even raw.


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    Default Re: EB Allergies - we've tried Fromm and Orijen, is it safe to try the Iams prescribed by the vet?

    Whatever you go with, add a couple avocado slices (no pit or peel tho)
    to a meal daily or as a treat. It's a great fat to help with skin/fur health
    and great nutrients overall. Canned sardines (only water based or olive oil)
    as another treat alternative helps too with providing Omega fats. A couple
    once or twice a week. Good luck & let us know...NO to Iams and change
    from turkey to put meds in, maybe cheese.


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