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Food allergies????

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by Beazee17, May 16, 2019.

  1. Beazee17

    Beazee17 Puppy

    Hi there,
    My 4.5 year old pittie seemingly overnight developed what the vet has deemed food allergies. 2 rounds of Flagyl and bland diet firmed her up, however, each time I try to transition her to kibble (have tried 5 different foods), when the ratio becomes about 50/50 the diarrhea comes back with a vengeance. She never had any other symptoms of food allergies (skin, itchiness, etc) and the vet now wants to do prescription diet. Anyone else experienced this???
     
  2. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    CAn you get her allergy tested? that way you maybe can keep her on a better food.
     
  3. Beazee17

    Beazee17 Puppy

    The vet recommended we try a hydrolyzed protein/hypoallergenic diet first. I'm not opposed to the allergy testing, it is just very expensive in our area and I'm not convinced it's actually a food allergy.
     
  4. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Which kibbles have you tried already? How long is she on the chicken and rice before you switch back? Tonka took flagyl multiple times and I have to say I don't think it did her any favors. Do you give digestive enzymes and probiotics like Herbsmith microflora? Maybe try transitioning back much slower? Have you ever tried primal goats milk? It also has probiotics in it if you don't want to give a supplement. Does she eat very fast?
     
  5. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I went through this with Tonka where she had very soft unhealthy stools after taking flagyl. One food that she seemed to do better on was Instinct Turkey and Tapioca.
     
  6. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    She didn't have runny diarrhea like you are experiencing though.
     
  7. Beazee17

    Beazee17 Puppy

    We have tried her original food (Whole Earth Farms adult formula and grain-free), switched to Purina Sensitive Skin and Stomach Salmon (vet's recommendation), Merrick LID Lamb, Purina Sensitive Skin & Stomach Lamb (vet's 2nd recommendation) and now ended up with Rachel Ray's Just 6 Lamb. I have fed her higher quality foods in the past (TOTW, Merrick, Wellness) and she does not do well on those richer foods. I guess it does make sense it's a food sensitivity since it does get better with a bland diet, I just found it odd that even with a lamb protein source she was still getting sick. The vet did give her probiotics with the Flagyl but I swear they made it 10x worse! Each time we have tried to transition back it has been 1/3 cup at a time (done over a total of 3 weeks) so we have been going verrrrrry slow.
    She eats bland diet for about a day before things firm up. We are doing well on the Rachel Ray (about 60/40 kibble to bland diet). I just hope it stays that way because at about this point is where things have taken a turn for the worst. Fingers crossed!
     
  8. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I have to add a tablespoon of canned pumpkin to my male's kibble everyday. He also gets Herbsmith microflora 2X daily.
     
  9. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

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