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    Default Re: REALLY BAD SKIN ALLERGIES - WHAT CAN IT BE?!

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    Thanks so much for recommending rabbit - I will switch the Turkey to rabbit to see if it helps. I really hope this works everything is so expensive
    The food can be expensive but so are the vet bills You can look up novel proteins. Off the top of my head, i can remember duck, rabbit, buffalo, some fish(i cant remember what kind)....there are more. Raw is the best way to avoid allergy problems. Brutus is soo allergic, I did not even realize to what extent. The vet said I couldn't use Sentinel for heart worm protection because it is cured in beef, which most treats are also. Even if they don't list beef as an ingredient, they are still cured that way. I tried every brand and type of food out there. Allergies are such a pain to deal with.
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    For food, I would give it 30 days for each new protein you try.

    You can also try the commercial ones available but generally those aren't recommended here as they are most definitely not the best foods. But that's also exactly what makes them hypoallergenic. They're generally soy based formulas that are hydrolyzed- meaning, broken down to their amino acids so the body doesn't even recognize what they are, hence no allergic reaction. At least that's how it was explained to me.

    There's no testing for food allergies. I mean the labs will do it, but they'll tell you that the gold standard is an elimination diet. Our dermatologist didn't even test for it.
    Food is all trial and error. But if you tried most proteins and he still has allergy symptoms, you can try a true elimination diet. You can speak with your vet about that. But in essence, you start by feeding one protein and adding things if you don't see a reaction.

    It could very well be environmental. One of mine seems to have seasonal allergies. We put him on Apoquel and that's offered a lot of relief.

    My other one has year round allergies. We did allergy testing and it turns out he's allergic to trees, grass, dust mites.. a ton of things actually. We put him on immunotherapy and it kicked it after about 8-9 months. But this season has been so terrible, we added Apoquel for him as well. I'm all about allergy testing. It doesn't hurt and can save you money in the long run if you're able to avoid the allergen.

    Meanwhile, I learned here to wipe them down after they've been outdoors. You'd be surprised how much relief he may get if you're just on top of keeping dust, pollen, whatnot off him.

    Good luck and keep us updated.


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    Hi ladies!!!
    So now I seem to have another problem. Rocky does not want to eat his food. He hasn't liked the Duck so I've tried Rabbit and Turkey and still nothing. I've mixed Peanut Butter, Coconut oil and pumpkin and he just eats a couple of bites and leaves the rest. I know he is hungry because he ate my mothers dog food by mistake when we left it on the floor. He refuses to eat the Natures Variety limited ingredient. Its been 4 days now since he has had 2 full meals. I am very concerned any advise? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rramos View Post
    Hi ladies!!!
    So now I seem to have another problem. Rocky does not want to eat his food. He hasn't liked the Duck so I've tried Rabbit and Turkey and still nothing. I've mixed Peanut Butter, Coconut oil and pumpkin and he just eats a couple of bites and leaves the rest. I know he is hungry because he ate my mothers dog food by mistake when we left it on the floor. He refuses to eat the Natures Variety limited ingredient. Its been 4 days now since he has had 2 full meals. I am very concerned any advise? Thanks!
    May be too many switches all at once making him not want it. I would go bland for a few days - boiled hamburger/rice, and let his belly settle - then you can slowly switch him back to his kibble. Did you research any raw options? Stella & Chewy's - Nature's Variety Raw, or The Honest Kitchen?

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    Yes makes sense I have been switching him a lot. OK I will try rice and hamburger see how that goes. I also made an appointment to finally get him tested in 2 weeks. I haven't searched for raw diets yet because I want to see if what he is eating now works. I just find Raw food so expensive

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    A bulldog will never starve himself. If you did a slow switch, and now he's not eating- just take the bowl away, and give it to him again at the next feeding time. If he's hungry enough, he'll eat. If not, take it away again and he'll eat the next day. I can promise you he will definitely eat once he gets hungry enough.

    But I would stop switching foods.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rramos View Post
    Yes makes sense I have been switching him a lot. OK I will try rice and hamburger see how that goes. I also made an appointment to finally get him tested in 2 weeks. I haven't searched for raw diets yet because I want to see if what he is eating now works. I just find Raw food so expensive
    It is, but for us personally - it was the only thing that really helped. Whatever you end up trying next after the bland, give it time to work. At least 30 days, because all the switching can really upset their bellies. Which flavor did he really like the best and do well with?

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    Yes I am trying this new technique as well. I took the bowl away this AM, should I stick with the same food or give him a fresh scoop. OK I will definitely stop switching but I am just not sure which kind he likes. Should I stick with the Duck or Turkey.

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    If I go with Raw - how should I feed him. How often do you purchase this food and is it frozen? Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rramos View Post
    Yes I am trying this new technique as well. I took the bowl away this AM, should I stick with the same food or give him a fresh scoop. OK I will definitely stop switching but I am just not sure which kind he likes. Should I stick with the Duck or Turkey.
    Each dog is different honestly. I have done my fair research, and I've read that Duck is very rich, but it is a novel protein. I would go with Turkey, since you mentioned he didn't care for the duck. Did he like the Turkey?
    And to answer your question, go fresh, make sure you clean the bowl really well, soap/hot water. You can try and add a little bit of water to the food, to make it softer, could entice him to eat. But go bland for a few days, to settle his belly. Then slowly start to introduce the kibble back in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rramos View Post
    Yes I am trying this new technique as well. I took the bowl away this AM, should I stick with the same food or give him a fresh scoop. OK I will definitely stop switching but I am just not sure which kind he likes. Should I stick with the Duck or Turkey.
    Use the one you mixed with the old food when you did the slow switch.

    Also, there's really no such thing as a dog not liking a food..lol..
    They can be spoiled rotten and prefer one to the other so stick their nose up at something new. I have one bulldog like that too. But ultimately, they're dogs and they will eat what's given to them provided they're hungry enough.


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    OK - IDK if he liked the turkey because he doesn't want to eat any flavor at all I ve tried giving him little bites to see which one he likes best and he just smells it and goes away.

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