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Allergy dog

Discussion in 'Raw Food Diets' started by leilaquinn, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. leilaquinn

    leilaquinn Good Dog

    So, Albert manages to be adorable when itchy and in distress. His glands have been expressed and he has been cleared for parasites multiple times per my obsessive vet visits. His itchiness has traveled from his left ear and feet to his neck and the area around his anus. He is already on daily Zyrtec and 2 per week antifungal baths. He has been on multiple grain free foods and as of today we are starting raw. Let's hope for the best!https://vimeo.com/118872828


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  2. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    You haven't had him for very long. You haven't really given any of the kibbles times to work. That said, as a raw feeder, I hope you like it and feel free to ask questions as necessary.
     
  3. leilaquinn

    leilaquinn Good Dog

    He was in foster care for 11 months before we adopted him and she tried taste of the wild, both the lamb and salmon formulas, I am not sure what formula from acana, and finally Merrick grain free texas beef. I know that the acana contained chicken and that was the one he did the worst on (she showed me pictures of his ear infections) . As a result her vet decided that his worst allergy was chicken. I am not entirely convinced that that will hold true with raw unenhanced chicken, but am starting with pork just in case. Our last dog was on prey model raw from about a year and a half until we lost him at five years, and i saw multiple improvements in his health, including a cleared up skin issue (non mange related hair loss along his flanks) so I am already optimistic. I have continued with the merrick this long just to give his some time to adjust to everything else in his life being different before changing that last thing.
     
  4. leilaquinn

    leilaquinn Good Dog

    I am curious if all chicken proves to be an issue how I will keep up with the cost of raw. Not impossible but I would need to get a little more creative


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  5. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Where are you located?

    Eta: nvm I just saw. I can look into this next week. Join the carnivorefeed-supplier yahoo group if you haven't yet.
     
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  6. leilaquinn

    leilaquinn Good Dog

    Thanks, I will look it up!


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  7. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

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  8. leilaquinn

    leilaquinn Good Dog

    That is really helpful! I have to admit I was lazy with Luigi and just spent a lot of money in order to keep his proteins varied enough. We have a great little latino market where we can get lots of stuff most american cooks are afraid of, but all of that good stuff was supplemented with lots of cheep chicken quarters and gizzards and livers, so if I have to cut that out of the equation I will have to be more proactive about buying in bulk, etc.


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  9. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Ahh yea you can usually find some good deals if you put in a little extra work. I just got a few more than I'll post up for ya.
     
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    _unoriginal Cow Dog

  11. leilaquinn

    leilaquinn Good Dog

    I really appreciate it. Three days of raw pork and we have only slightly disturbed digestion but no ease in the itching yet. Also a teaspoon of unrefined coconut oil each day( although I started that while he was still eating the Merrick.


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  12. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Just pork? Bone too right?
     
  13. leilaquinn

    leilaquinn Good Dog

    Yeah, the past three days I have done some lean pork cubes and pork ribs for bone. Obviously this is not what I am used to starting with, and I will eventually try chicken if he improves as I realize not all dogs who respond poorly to chicken kibble have the same reaction to raw chicken, but I figured I would start with a protein I have no reason to think he might be allergic to. I also bought turkey necks and legs, canned Atlantic salmon, and some lamb shanks. We have been using frozen blueberries as training treats the past few days but I will use packaged Origen freeze dried wild boar liver at class tomorrow because blueberries are not going to cut it with other dogs around. It really is one ingredient. I just want to give one protein at a stretch (10 days or so?) for a bit to get a really good feel for how he reacts to each. Luckily he has a little iron gut, and other than a slightly soft poop this morning he is doing fine.


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  14. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    I use bravo treats but I like the Orijen ones too. They're too big for quick paced training though.

    It's fine to start with pork. I mean chicken is a mild protein which is why it's suggested as a good starter. 10 days should be fine. When I first switched Bentley I did everything for a full month. I was really slow but he was 7 at the time and also it was my first experience with raw.
     
  15. leilaquinn

    leilaquinn Good Dog

    I am definitely like the vastly less nervous second time mom, starting Luigi I was so careful and anxious but I am less worried this time. I have bags and bags of grain free training treats from Merrick and blue wilderness, but I wanted to stay away from any multi ingredient stuff. And yes the Origen ones are too big!


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  16. leilaquinn

    leilaquinn Good Dog

    I will make my own soon. Used to chop liver up tiny and toss it in coconut oil and slow bake them in the oven. It was just so tedious to make enough for the kind of daily work Albert needs TONS of still.


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  17. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Yea. I did that once. Too much work. I buy the bravo ones now. Like $12 but tiny.
     
  18. leilaquinn

    leilaquinn Good Dog

    I just ordered them on Amazon!


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  19. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Nice! I even buy the cat ones. They're all the same. They just use different meats.
     
  20. leilaquinn

    leilaquinn Good Dog

    Well, still no improvement with the itching (seems worse today? )but he has nice firm slightly chalky stools and looks less bloated . He doesn't have a lot of fat but his belly often looks distended a little like a young puppy and he has also been gassy since we brought him home which has gotten better this week.[​IMG]. Itchy armpit
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    Itchy neck
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    But slightly less sausage shaped.


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