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Raw barf diet caused my dog to break out in hives

Discussion in 'Raw Food Diets' started by Ladypittie, Jul 5, 2015.

  1. Ladypittie

    Ladypittie Puppy

    Hi everyone. I have been feeding my allergy prone pit bull Ground Chicken/ Bones/ Organ each day along with Food Grade diatomaceous earth, fish oil, flax seed oil and other details below for 3-4 days.

    Fine ground whole roasting chicken, this is the entire dressed bird including skin,neck and the offal [heart, gizzards, liver] USDA inspected, all natural. Meat/Bone/Organ ratio: Note, heart and gizzard is considered a muscle meat for feeding purposes

    68% meat
    27% bone
    5% organ [liver]

    However, 2 days ago he developed severe hives which got worse after the Benadryl so I had to rush to the vets to get him a steroid shot. My other dog continues to eat this same meal and he's been fine but I really would rather feed my Pit Bull at least another type of barf diet meat because feeding him the Just Food For Dogs homemade recipe is extremely expensive just for 9lbs of food. Any thoughts on what to do or the best meat for allergy prone dogs or is it the raw meat he is reacting to? Naturally the vet was all on board with bashing a raw food diet and encouraged that I purchase the Royal Canin (2 out of 5 Stars rated dog food on Dogfoodadvisor) she sells in her office. Clearly I don't do trust the vet now and I'm not sure where to go with a solution to his allergies and feeding raw. Thanks so much for any help.
  2. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Well a correct raw diet will have a variety of at minimum 3 proteins being rotated regularly. Your dog may have a chicken allergy so I would move on to the next protein you were planning to rotate in. If you weren't planning to add additional proteins, please read the instructions on how to feed a properly balanced raw diet. Multiple proteins will provide your dog with different nutrients that are necessary for a healthy dog.

    Raw Fed Dogs - Natural Prey Model Rawfeeding Diet

    The AVMA does not support raw feeding and many conventional vets are not comfortable giving raw feeding advice because they are not trained and have not done ample personal research on the subject. Plus, it is a liability for them in case you don't follow the instructions or your dog gets sick anyway. They have no control over your actions but you can go after them legally anyway. However, if you don't trust your vet, find a new one.

    Please know that even food grade DE is not beneficial when eaten. It is useless when it becomes wet and the inside of the body is very wet so it's really just a waste of money.
  3. ShanaRowan

    ShanaRowan FlirtPolin' Premium Member

    One of my friends has a GSD who seems to be allergic to chicken. She feeds rabbit, beef, turkey, and some other stuff. He very well could be allergic to chicken.
  4. dogeatdog

    dogeatdog Good Dog

    It could be the chicken ( try turkey instead) or a detox effect, this being the case medication will not be helping.
  5. imjustjenna

    imjustjenna Little Dog

    Mine can't do chicken or turkey so I would move to a different protein and see how that goes.

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  6. ruffiangirl

    ruffiangirl Little Dog

    I would also cut out the things youre adding until you figure it out, if you switch him to turkey and he is fine after a week add the fish oil, if after another week he is fine add the flax oil, but not all at once, that way if the fish oil is causing the hives youll know. And ill second what unoriginal said, the DE is pointless.
  7. Tiffseagles

    Tiffseagles GRCH Dog Premium Member

    It would probably be a good idea to consult with a dermatologist. There are a million different things that could cause an allergic reaction in dogs.

    If you want to do a raw diet, it's a good idea to consult with a nutritionist. Most will have you sign a waiver or, at minimum, discuss the risks of food born illness. However, they can actually design meal plans for you that are tailored to the ingredients that you have available to you. For example, if you have access to a regular source of venison, they can plan meals around that. They can also do this for other protein sources (different sources have different nutritional value).

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