Just got the alllergy panel back and here's what Payton's (8 months) allergic to: Corn, wheat, duck, oat, milk, rice, pork, turkey, w. ragweed, plantain, cocklebur, lamb's quarter, pigweed, sagebrush, brome(type of grass), timothy (grass), house dust mites (D. pteronyssinus), mucor (mold), and mosquito. I feel so bad for him, but maybe we can start to get some relief for him. The Vet suggest getting him on antigens to help desensitize him. It sounds like it will be a part of his life now. As far as food goes, I am having a very hard time finding a good food without at least one of the ingredients above. The only ones I have found are Evo Red Meat and Natrures Variety Raw Instinct. I know people reccommend the dog be two years of age, but my options are very limited. What do you guys think? I'm sure some of you have had to do the antigen shots and I was curious as to what I can excpect with those. Thanks!
Just a suggestion but have you thought about feeding him a raw diet, you could have alot of control over what he eats.
Good Luck I hope you find something that works.
The only commercial foods I can think of that don't contain those ingredients would be the grain free varieties. In addition to the two foods you said, there is also Timberwolf Organics. They make a grain free formula called Wild & Natural:
Chicken Meal, Fresh Chicken, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and rosemary extract), Low Ash Salmon Meal, Potatoes, Sardine/Mackerel/Anchovy/Tuna Oils (preserved with mixed tocopherols and rosemary extract) Eggs, Dried Chicken Liver, Dried Whole Milk, Dried Whey Extract, Kelp, Alfalfa Leaf, Casein, DL Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Lecithin, Taurine, Lysine, Carnitine, Choline Chloride, Creatine, Probiotics: (Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Bifidobacterium Thermophilum Fermentation, Bifidobacterium Longum Fermentation Product, Enterbacter Faecium Fermentaion Product, Bacillus Subtillus Fermentation Product, Blueberries, Cranberries, Mixed Tocopherols (a source of vitamin E), Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Thiamine, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Iodine Proteinate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine (a source of vitamin B6), Cobalt Proteinate, Papain, Yucca Schidigera Extract.
As mentioned above, there is also the option of going raw. This, however, will take a fair bit of research on your part. Read through the raw feeding section of the forum and see what you think. You may or may not be comfortable with the idea. Raw feeding is often the best way to feed a dog with bad allergies.
Wow that is really sad. I hope you find something that works.
here are a couple other foods
But honestly, I think I would go the route of home-cooking. I did it for a short time but it did not help us..but then again we were not looking at a food/ingredient allergy or intolerance. I personally would not do raw and I have my opinions as to why. I have a book here called Home-Prepared Dog and Cat Diets by Donald Strombeck DVM, PhD.
It might not hurt to get in touch with a professional in animal nutrition.
With the right tools and if I had less dogs or had to do it for just one dog I would home cook again in a heart beat.
I use to have some great links on it but I can't seem to find any right now. They were saved on my old PC.
I found more
The Strombeck book has limited ingredient recipes for dogs and cats with allergy issues. Mainly they are venison or rabbit.
One more intended to be fed raw, but I used this and liked it.
Thank you guys so much for the help! I am definately leaning towards a grain free product, but what about the fact that it is so high in protein and fat for a puppy (8 months)?
I think at 8 months he should be ok he's pretty much done growing. I think the main thing is to not feed them as much because the grain free products are much more concentrated so it doesn't take as much to get enough nutrition. Too much will cause runny poop.
A lot of people switch their dogs to adult food at 6 months some even sooner.
I think something like Honest Kitchen's Force would be okay at this stage.
They are also coming out with this
As far as something like Evo, I am not sure how the high prot works. If that is actually the digested amount. It all gets confusing. But at 8 months I would prolly start worrying less about that and focus on the health.
I don't have the ingredients in front of me, but look into Solid Gold Barking at the Moon.
Solid Gold BATM:I don't have the ingredients in front of me, but look into Solid Gold Barking at the Moon.
Salmon Meal | Beef | Potatoes | Potato Protein | Canola Oil | Tomato Pomace | Natural Flavor | Salmon Oil | Choline Chloride | Taurine | Dried Chicory Root | Parsley Flakes | Pumpkin Meal | Almond Oil | Sesame Oil | Yucca Schidigera Extract | Thyme | Blueberries | Cranberries | Carrots | Broccoli | Vitamin E Supplement | Iron Proteinate | Zinc Proteinate | Copper Proteinate | Ferrous Sulfate | Zinc Sulfate | Copper Sulfate | Potassium Iodide | Thiamine Mononitrate | Manganese Proteinate | Manganous Oxide | Ascorbic Acid | Vitamin A Supplement | Biotin | Calcium Panthothenate | Manganese Sulfate | Sodium Selenite | Pyridoxine Hydrochloride | Vitamin B12 Supplement | Riboflavin | Vitamin D Supplement | Folic Acid |