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    DefaultHello I'm new here, needing help with food selections

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    I have a 2 year old yellow lab who has very bad allergies. I got Jersey allergy testing done awhile ago and came to find out he is allergic to salmon, duck, milk, alfalfa, rice, oats, potato, and brewers yeast, along with a ton of outdoor allergies as well (he totaled for 29 allergies, not what I was expecting at all). I would love any help I can get trying to find a high quality food for him with none of these ingredients in them and also no by-products. I have been looking and not finding much so I need some help please!

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    I have a 2 year old Yellow Lab, his name is Jersey. Jersey has been a sick little boy since the day I got him. Took Jersey to the vet the day I got him and found out he had worms and a parasite. I still thank god to this day I got Jersey and that I can give him the care he needs. Jersey has had tons of skin infections and ear infections(yeast) and also has had colitis multiple times. Jersey was tested for allergies and to our surprise he was allergic to 29 different things. Jersey started allergy shots and we switched his food as well. Jersey has been on this food with no ingredients he is allergic to and the allergy injections for about a year now, I have noticed no change he still gets sick a lot and is still always scratching and licking his paws and legs. I have gotten Jersey all the care he needs, He recieves allergy shots monthly, I have given him the antibiotics for the infections and steriods when needed. Jersey is also on claritin and zrytec daily. I just want some help and suggestions on how to get this under control, I feel as though I have done everything I can. Was just looking for some suggestions.
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    look at the natural balance limited ingredients line. they have some other proteins and you can look see if they have any of the other ingredients.

    Dog Dry LID Limited Ingredient Diets - Natural Balance Pet Foods

    Ultimately you may find it would benefit if you went RAW. But you need to research and be comfortable with feeding that in a balanced way. But it may be easier once you get a good plan in place and maybe even cheaper.
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    I would talk to your vet about it. I have 2 allergy dogs and both are different.
    I have a huge problem with Tessa and the vet and I together we are working to make her life a little better. What suits one dog may not suit another.

    Erns is a little better as has been stable for a couple of years. If I feed his food to Tess her itchies go mad.If I feed him hers his Crohns becomes unstable.

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    I copy&pasted a few that may be worth checking out! I feed my little guy Halo and he loves it and I trust the company. And as it turns out, my husband is from the very small West Texas town that is home to Merrick. Their standards and quality ingredients are trustworthy and outstanding. Hope this helps you

    HALO SPOT’S CHOICE™ FOR DOGS TURKEY & CHICKPEA
    Ingredients:*Turkey, Turkey Broth, Turkey Liver, Chickpeas, Carrots, Guar Gum, Cassia Gum, Potassium Chloride, Carrageenan, Blueberries, Cranberries, Flaxseed, Salt, Choline Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Calcium Carbonate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D2 Supplement, Folic Acid

    HALO SPOT’S CHOICE™ FOR DOGS CHICKEN & CHICKPEA
    Ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Chickpeas, Carrots, Dicalcium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Cassia Gum, Carrageenan, Potassium Chloride, Cranberries, Blueberries, Flaxseed, Salt, Choline Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Calcium Carbonate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D2 Supplement, Folic Acid

    Merrick Real Buffalo
    Deboned Buffalo, Deboned Turkey, Turkey Broth, Dried Egg Product, Natural Chicken Flavor, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate), Carrageenan, Cassia Gum, Guar Gum, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Glucoheptonate, Sodium Selenite), Lecithin.

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    I fed Kolby Natural Balance for a while and allergy wise, he did pretty well since it was easy to avoid certain proteins and carbs.

    Did you do the VARL blood test for food allergies? Please take into account that the blood test for food allergies is not 100% accurate (my derm vet told me this). The best way to determine true allergies to food is through a food trial where you feed one protein and one carb for at least 12 weeks with NO treats or any other food.

    I highly recommend seeing a veterinary dermatologist or nutritionist. Unfortunately most general vets don't learn enough about nutrition or allergies in vet school, so specialists can be a HUGE help. I did a quick google search and found this dermatologist near you: Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center | Meet Our Team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanya View Post
    look at the natural balance limited ingredients line. they have some other proteins and you can look see if they have any of the other ingredients.

    Dog Dry LID Limited Ingredient Diets - Natural Balance Pet Foods

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    The Natural Balance LID diets have either potatoes or sweet potatoes in them, except for the beef- that one has brown rice.

    In addition to the Halo's Spot and Merrick foods, you might want to check out Erathborn Holistics. An additional plus is that they manufacture their own foods.

    Dog Formulas : Earthborn Holistic Pet Food

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    If you want a big list of grain free dry and wet, along with a pretty good analysis of the ingredients for each, check out:

    Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor

    All the five star kibbles are high protein and grain free.

    I have a 2 year old chocolate that was having constant runs with premium kibbles like Fromm and we actually switched her to raw for a while, but in the end weren't comfortable enough to keep doing it. We ended up using Kirkland Grain free (has sweet potato so maybe not for you) and supplementing it with lightly cooked chicken, beef, pork, sardines etc to keep it interesting for her.

    EDIT: just was taking a second look and the list a section of hypoallergenic dog foods here:

    Hypoallergenic Dog Foods
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