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Unfortunately many dogs develop allergies to commercial dog foods. Low ingredient foods sometimes help, but if not, pet owners often try to provide homemade food. This is a guide about recipes for a dog with allergies.
If you find your cat doesn't like it (unlikely) then you could add a dollop of jam or jelly to it and eat it yourself. I only buy plain yogurt and that's what I do. I can add whatever flavor I like! Good Luck
If you are looking for a good quality grain free dog food, Taste of the Wild is a respected and trustworthy brand. Sometimes the best deals can be found online. This is a great deal for a 30lb bag of high quality dog food.
My cat eats the Canidae grain free and soy free cat food, also from Amazon. Surprisingly, you may find that your local health food store (for humans) also carries some high-quality grain-free pet foods. I know mine does.
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My Parson Russell started "chewing and licking her feet" so I took her to the vet. We did the allergy test and she is allergic to beef, salmon, corn, oats, and duck. +/- to: venison, milk, soybean, lamb, and kelp. Now what? All hypoallergenic dog foods have oats instead of wheat. What dry food can I buy for her? She just turned 7.
There is dog food made with rice. If you can't find any, it is easy to make rice and add chicken and veggies to it. your dog will love it!
Have you utryed carnilove reindeer as no Potatoe and its grain free.i use it now as my dog suffered with yeast chewing paws bold patches yrs of research.
Make your own food. Check out "Dog Food Diet" on line by Greg Martinez from Gilroy, Calif. This has worked for Lucy our rescued dog who came to us with allergies involving her ears. His system is also easy.
What is a safe alternative to dry special diet foods like Science Diet, if your puppy (now 6 months old) seems to be having allergies to it? He seems to be always chewing at his under belly and inner thighs. Thanks. This is my first small breed puppy and we want him to live a long and healthy life with us. Our grandsons love him to pieces.
By Sue 1 from Van, BC
My dog used to scratch and chew herself raw. This is what helps. Throw chicken in a pot boil it up. When cooked, pull the meat off the bones chop it up and add 2 cups of brown rice. If you want you can throw in some cooked peas or carrots (both). Theres nothing wrong with feeding your dog "people" food, they think they're people, don'they.
My schnauzer had the same problem and found that "good" brands like Science Diet were not so good. I switched her to Canidae and later in life to Blue Buffalo because of health problems. When I switched her, the change was immediate. Also, fish oil on the food would be a big help.
I love wellness pet food. Try that. Although Vets recommend science diet, don't give in. Veterinarians are not pet food nutritionists.
My Shih Tzu is over 10 years old and has always been bright and full of life. Lately she is having some skin issues - hot and red on her belly and back legs. She licks and is now not feeling very well. I did change her food, but to no avail. I know she is allergic to gluten, but I also went no yeast as well. I really want to make my own food for her, but would like some guidance please. If anyone can help, please let me know!
Your dog clearly needs veterinary help now as she is suffering from skin and, perhaps, other problems as well. Her problem may or may not be related to food allergies, etc., but she needs help now!
If this is a food allergy, there are many posts on this site. Do a search. I has a cairn terrier that was allergic to everything. I changed foods 15 to 20 times. Any part of his body he could reach was hairless. I finally prepared a mix of brown rice, olive oil, canned salmon (and vitamins) and fed it to him until he died at 17 years. He never had another problem with allergies.
I had a golden who got a systemic yeast infection. I used a combination of black walnut and oil of oregano for him. Worked really quickly.
My 6 year old lab Pepper is suffering from loss of appetite and terrible patches of oozing, bloody skin. I have had her to the vet 5 times. He wants 1800 dollars to allergy test Pepper. I love her very, very much, but I truly do not have that kind of money.
We changed her food from Iams to Blue Buffalo about a year ago. She is currently on the duck and potato recipe. The spots come and go, but her lack of appetite and lethargic behavior just started. Any suggestions from anyone?
By Mary S.
Allergy testing in Michigan is only $250.00. I'd call around for better prices. Had my first French Bulldog tested 3 years ago and my second only a week ago.
At last just hamburger and eggs...!
Dogs can't digest potatoes! It will make them sick. Sweet potatoes, carrots and peas have a lot of sugar in them so will feed a yeast infection. Nothing sweet for him. Sometimes it's the treats that are bad. For his meals, try cooking up chicken and brown rice. Start weaning him off whatever you're feeding him now, and give him the chicken and rice mixture, also Greek plain yoghurt the one without sugar. A spoonful on his meals should do the trick. Since you can't afford the vet, try the above, as you can't have him suffer. See if you notice a difference in 10 days, if not....you'll have to take him to the vet again.
My Belgian Shepherd, Busta, has been suffering with major skin allergies for too long. He was diagnosed with epilepsy last year. The vet believes that the skin issues and seizures are linked, as when his rash has flared up his seizures get worse. At long last and many vets, specialists, and arguments ago I finally got an amazing skin specialist who is now doing many tests and so forth. She has requested we try a hypoallergenic food which is great, but the food she wants us to try is way too expensive so we are looking at alternatives. Any ideas would be great.
I'm also looking for homemade recipes, but here is where it becomes awkward because overall the food he has tried is canned and only has meats like venison, ostrich, and other rare ones, and an unusual carb and limited vegetables. Any help, advice, or websites would be fantastic. Thank you in advance just for taking the time to read this.
My dog has skin allergies. The very best thing I found was Immunitol. I also have a dog with a granuloma on his paw, it cleared that up too. It costs quite a bit. I can't afford it now since I lost my job. It really works!
I had a tough time finding a diet for my allergic Cairn Terrier. I finally ended up cooking for him. I cooked brown rice, added a can of pink salmon (bones, skin, oil and all) I added a vitamin mix. He never had a problem after that. He had chewed himself practically hairless before I found the right combination. Strangely, the food he was most allergic to was broccoli. He lived to be 17 1/2 with no problems on that diet.
I make my dog food with boiled hamburger,white rice (I use minute rice)frozen vegetables no corn dogs get allergies from corn and so I boil hamburger when it is done I go ahead and add my rice & vegetables cook until vegetables are done let it cool put in containers,and freeze sometimes I mix it up I use chicken and sometimes mix with both meats but if your dog is used to the different meats you can do anything you want just as long as you handle there food as you would your own (safe)so as soon as food is cooled put away. )Good luck your dog will love this.an I'm
My English Mastiff has food allergies. What besides lamb and rice dog food can I feed him?
By Amanda E. from Irwin, PA
That's something you should definitely ask your vet.
Soy seems to be the culprit. It's used to up the protein but I know of dogs having skin problems until it's eliminated.
I don't give my dog anything with corn as an ingredient. I use Blue Buffalo dry food. Seemed to help.
My dog is allergic to beef, lamb, and diary products. Can I feed her chicken and rice, as low allergic dog food is so expensive?
My German Shepherd has terrible food allergies. The big one is wheat. You can give him chicken and rice, it's healthy. I have been feeding my dog Purina One Beyond (yellow bag) chicken and oatmeal. It's not terribly expensive like the others and I often find $2 coupons in the Sunday newspaper. It also contains apples, carrots and tomatoes. It's dry food. My dog eats about 4 cups a day. Maybe you could make your chicken and rice and add a little of the One Beyond for crunch, that way he will get the "doggie" nutrients he needs.
I am not sure that chicken and rice alone would meet all of his nutritional requirements. Please talk to your vet about the possibility of supplements.
My puppy is allergic to eggs, soy, and grain. Are there any foods you know of without these ingredients?
Help please, I'm in a state. My dog is allergic to lots of things and is nearly chewing her poor feet off. I have an English Bull Terrier who is a rescue dog so we don't know her history at all. Her feet and her underside are red and now her ears are going red and feel warm to the touch. I am feeding her on rice and tinned dog food, but I know dog food tinned is bad. Now I have read what people have written so I have stopped the tinned junk. Anyway can anyone out there who has a bullie please get in touch and let me know what to do and what to feed her on? Is it OK to carry on with the rice? I don't know were to start. I am a carer for my dad 7 days a week so I struggle with my money. I also have a rescue Staffy, he is 9. He was my next door neighbour's, but the old man died so I have him cos no one would have the poor little thing. Please take the time to answer me cos I need some genuine advice.
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I have a 6 month old Shih Tzu. He is very itchy. I have tried giving him 1/2 a benadryl 2 times a day, but it doesn't work. My vet said it could be a possible food allergy. I just switched him to Nature's Recipe Lamb and Rice puppy. Is this a good food or should I feed him something else?
Dee from KY
Maybe try California Naturals dry "little bites" Lamb and Rice dog food and a few (2-3) drops of wild Alaskan Salmon oil caps a day. I poke the capsule with the tip of a sharp knife, drop a couple drops into their food and save the rest, hole end up for the next day(s) till that's gone, then start another. That is what my vet told me to do for my Lhasa Apsos. Seems to help some. I also give them a dining spoonful of organic pumpkin with their food.
Good luck. (07/14/2008)
This link tells you to try different dog foods out and see what works best. I also read that oatmeal poured straight from the box into bath water relieves the itch better than oatmeal shampoo. Just soak the dog awhile in it or dip the soupy oatmeal over your dog several times. The article did not state how much oatmeal to pour into the water.
Also, I read elsewhere that dog food treats and some toys can also produce allergy symptoms the same as dog food.
If the dog is laying on your sheets, he might be allergic to the detergent.
Also, my vet heartily recommends Hill's Science Diet. (07/14/2008)
PS. Or allergic to the softener in the laundry. (07/14/2008)
Try raw feeding him. Google BARF and get ideas. (This is a diet.) It really works. They can even eat bones, if they are raw. You can start him on cottage cheese and eggs. People food. (07/14/2008)
By mS mIN
This is a very good food, but you have to make sure nobody gives him treats made from anything else and absolutely no human food. At our office we recommended Science Diet, but Nature's Recipe is good, too. Just make sure to control all food going into this dog's mouth or you'll never know if this works. (07/14/2008)
Solid Gold dog food works great! (07/14/2008)
That's incorrect that you shouldn't give them people food. If your dog was on a people food/homemade diet he probably wouldn't have problems with allergies. Vets in general don't know that much about nutrition/food unless they're a holistic vet. Healthy lean people food, except for the ones that are bad for them, are excellent. You can look on-line for the foods dogs shouldn't have. And you can search here because several people, including me, have listed them. You can get him tested and find out exactly what he's allergic to, also. It may be a little expensive, but trying several foods, etc. will end up being just as expensive. You can go to the Animal Protection Institute and order it free. Read their excellent brochure on "What's In Pet Food" or something like that title. (07/14/2008)
Put oat meal in a large tube sock and tie a knot, then use that for the doggie. It helps people with skin problems. My vet asked me what I fed my Shih-poo as he has great skin and healthy. I give him some Pedigree canned food, he likes puppy flavors best. Then I add some sliced baby carrots and peas mixed
into it. He gets one scrambled egg on Sundays, scrambled plain. And for treats he loves frozen watermelon or fresh bananas slices and the vet said this was great. I do not buy treats as they do not look healthy. He prefers sliced baby carrots or steamed veggies, watermelon, and apple slices. I hope you find out what is causing the problem. Good luck. Oh yeah, green beans from the can. Cold is something dogs love. (07/14/2008)
My Shih-tzu, Lily, had a flaky skin problem for a while with a lot of itching, licking, and scratching. We never had her tested for allergies, although that's usually the first thing everyone recommends. I figured we'd try to start with the easiest solution before I test her for allergies. So we ended up getting a shampoo (Malaseb) from the vet and it seems to really work for her. We have to bath her often (1x week) with that shampoo. I actually thought bathing too often would cause problems, but with the right shampoo it helped significantly. Good luck. (07/15/2008)
My little male Shih-tzu itched and itched so badly it use to completely tire him out. I started with bathing him, which did help, but never solved the problem as it kept coming back. Then I thought fleas, but you could never find any on them. However all it takes is 1 little bite to drive him crazy, I solved that with vinegar in their food and water. Yet he still scratched, was driving me crazy watching him, wondering why. If a dog scratches there is something irritating them. Finally I happened to notice his saliva glands, (hidden under those long ears) they were oft times puffy and swollen. I took him to the vet and they gave me a treatment. They said he most likely ate a spider or some little thing that didn't agree with him. A light went off in my head. How stupid of me.
Slowly but surely a long list started growing. He can't eat wheat, soy, brewers yeast, corn, cinnamon, chicken or any chicken product, livers of any kind, and that's just for starters. Just this past week, he got so sick I was terrified I was going to lose him. Everyone in my household is aware and always on alert. Company that brings snacks must be monitored closely while visiting. Accidental ingestion can happen too easily.
There is no such thing as buying any store food for him, not even for backup purposes. Every dog food out there so far has something in it he can't eat and I've been in touch with many holistic food companies. None can help me! So its strictly home made food for him.
He does his best when he's strictly limited to raw or slightly seared, organic beef, lamb, or rabbit meat. Nothing else, he quickly becomes a little bomb around here with a buzzing tail, in every body's way, and he feels so good. For his treats I prepare special to fit him and he loves them!
More and more dogs everyday are growing intolerant of many foods, it's more wide spread than one realizes. Some signs I have found related to food intolerance are, vigorously running along and rubbing the floor with the side of their face, mild to severe drooling, difficulty swallowing, general restlessness, and morning tummy grumbles, exceptionally loose dark and very stinky stool. These are just a few of the more serious signs I have noted to food intolerance/allergy. If the offending food is not removed or too much was ingested, the dog will have one or many early signs followed by becoming almost listless and won't be stirred unless something drastic is done. Then I panic. (This has been my experience.) (07/17/2008)
Another thing you may want to consider, Shih-tzu's along with many other breeds have rather long hair, and get hot easily. Could you imagine wearing a heavy coat in July and August? It would be horrid! Yet we expect our pets to be OK with it. Well truth is, they're not, and if they could speak I'm sure they would tell us so. My little Shih-tzus will get in scratching frenzies during these months if I allow their hair to grow over 1/2 inch. The scratching stops once the hair is shaved off.
Sweat makes most people itch if left. So I always follow up with a good bath after removing the hair. Is very refreshing and make for a much healthier and happier pooch, just something to consider and perhaps solve the itch. (07/23/2008)
Most dogs can handle oatmeal and brown rice. I cook kidney or chicken, throw in some veggies, and black beans, too. A little walnut oil and fish oil and they love it, the oil really helps itchy skin. (07/23/2008)
I found a wonderful cookbook for dogs with food allergies. It contains dozens of recipes for cookies, dinners, and other treats that are wheat free or corn free or dairy and egg free. It's also has a lot of information about how to reduce allergic reactions and how to strengthen your dog's immune system with vitamins and common herbs. Check it out at http://www.geocities.com/sanchez_ks/ (07/27/2008)