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    05-28-2014, 03:50 PM
  #11
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Phantomcolt18    
So I'm reading the various ingredients to the Blue Buffalo foods and most of them contain "Chicken meal." Is this okay? Some of the things I was reading said to not feed anything that has "meal" in it. Also, I want to attempt to avoid chicken as the food she's on now is HEAVY chicken so if that's an issue I want to rule it out.

Here's the three I've been reading about. Thoughts?

Rocky Mountain Recipe with Rabbit
BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipes Rabbit Adult Dog Food – Grain Free

Blue Wilderness Duck Recipe
BLUE Buffalo Wilderness - Natural Evolutionary Duck Diet for Dogs – Grain Free

Rocky Mountain Recipe Healthy Weight with Red Meat
BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipes Red Meat Healthy Weight Adult Dog Food – Grain Free

This is like a whole new world for me guys. I mean growing up my parents fed our dogs Ol'Roy and Kibbles n Bits. Haha
As far as I know, it's the byproduct meals you really want to avoid. I would think any of those would be fine to try, you could also try a different grain free brand. I haven't personally looked over other brand's ingredient list so I couldn't tell you what is in them or how they do being fed.
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    05-28-2014, 03:56 PM
  #12
Green Broke
My dog food has lamb ,chicken and ocean fish meal but also has bison, roasted bison,roasted venison.

She does great, even got my dad to switch our two little ones to it and they are looking way better in just a month on it and off of kibbles n bits.

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ this site is awesome at seeing where dog foods rank
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    05-28-2014, 10:02 PM
  #13
Started
Okay, so this afternoon I returned the unopened bag of Jetta's former dog food and swapped it out for Blue Buffalo's Blue Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe with Rabbit.

For her dinner she had about a quarter or the Blue with three quarters of her old. We shall see how she is in a couple of weeks.

I hope this helps her, I don't know what else to do.
     
    05-28-2014, 10:37 PM
  #14
Foal
My male English Springer Spaniel, Clyde, was being fed Science Diet puppy food and Clyde's ears wear itching him terribly. The ears would get red and very warm, the leather of the ear would get thicker than normal and he was in a bad way. When the Vet got done examining him he mentioned food allergy and thought we should try Science Diet Lamb and Rice. Additionally, Clyde received some prednisone. The prednisone seems to ramp up the kidney output, so letting the old boy out more frequently is a must! As is more water to drink. This prednisone brought relief his way rather quickly and we switched to Lamb and Rice. The itching is gone and no problem.

Another one of my Springer Spaniels was scratching and licking the hair off her front legs and the skin was starting to look odd. After the Vet's exam he said he really didn't see anything obvious that would cause the problem. He also mentioned that he has seen similar behavior in other breeds in which the dog's anal glad had never been purged. He proceeded to do so and the problem went away. Now, the purging is part of the annual check-up and shots on her.

An acquaintance of mine has four dogs and because of allergy issues his dogs only get fresh meat now. The coats on his dogs are spectacular. I suspect the carnivore's digestive system doesn't handle plant protein very well.

Good luck with your dog, keep us posted on how things are going.
     
    05-28-2014, 10:51 PM
  #15
Yearling
Almost sounds like a grain allergy to me. I'm sure the corn and by-product meals weren't helping either.

My smallest dog, a poodle mix, started to become allergic to grains when he turned 3. He was on the same food too so it was completely out of the blue.

He is eating Simply Nourish now, the grain free version. He is doing a lot better on it.

I hope Blue Buffalo works well for your dog! It's one of the best foods out there. :)
     
    05-28-2014, 11:44 PM
  #16
Started
Yes, they can become allergic to things that were never a problem before. In addition, they can continue to become allergic to new things their whole life. I had a female dog that was allergic to corn. Corn and only corn her whole life, never had a problem with anything else.

My male dog, on the other hand, is allergic to chicken. As in, if he ate one handful of that food you showed, his skin would turn into an itchy, oozy, bloody mess and he would shred himself raw within hours to days. Over the years, he has also become allergic to turkey, lamb, and beef. The only thing I can feed him now is a diet that has only some sort of fish or fish meal as the main protein ingredient. He is fine with corn, soy, wheat, etc.

So, grain is only a problem if it is a problem for your particular dog. It was for one of my dogs, isn't for the other. My girl could eat all the chicken in the world with no issue, but corn meal was a no-go. The other can't even taste chicken without consequences. Just like a person with a peanut allergy cannot have peanuts but they're still fine for the rest of us that are not allergic. What is or is not a problem depends on your dog, not everyone else's dog that did great or did horrible on XYZ ingredient.

Ironically enough, my CAT will vomit all over the place if he eats anything at all with fish in it, and he HAS to have a chicken based food to keep it down. We are very careful not to let them get into each other's bowls.

I think that trying a new food is a wonderful plan. This is what my allergy guy eats: 4health Salmon & Potato Dog Food, 18 lb. - Tractor Supply Co. and he does as well on it as he did on the twice as expensive Taste of the Wild Ocean formula. But you may have to play around a bit to find out what works best, and that is okay, and three years from now you might have a re-occurrence and have to find ANOTHER new food, and that's not uncommon either.
     
    05-31-2014, 09:28 PM
  #17
Yearling
My dog is a rescue and when I got him he was in very poor shape, obviously suffering from some kind of allergy. Because he was so severe my vet and I put him on a specialized, allergy-friendly food, though it is rice and soy based so I wasn't very comfortable with the ingredients as a long-term solution.
I digress. Despite the (very expensive) food and antibiotics etc, Jackson didn't improve so I opted to get dietary and environmental allergy tests done to determine the cause. My point of saying all this is that Jackson is actually severely allergic to dustmites. If you don't notice an improvement in your dog's health within a reasonable amount of time, you may find it worthwhile to have some testing done to help determine the cause of the reaction.
And animals, just like people, can certainly develop an allergy or sensitivity at any point in their lives.
Best of luck :)
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    05-31-2014, 11:01 PM
  #18
Weanling
My boxer was eating high-end chicken based food for the first 8 months or so that I had him and was fine. His poops were a bit soft but nothing to be too concerned about. We were on Fromm for awhile, then I moved and I had to switch because the store didn't carry that... so I switched to Acana. Suddenly he started getting diarrhea and itching his ears like crazy. I switched to give him a bland diet of chicken and rice because at that point I thought he might of just got a bone chip or something... After it seemed to work a bit (his poops still weren't ideal) I tried him on a new bag of his old food and same symptoms happened. At this point I think I learnt that its not uncommon for dogs to have problems with processed chicken in kibbles. I ended up going back on a bland diet of ground beef and rice (which he reacted better to). For an 8 month old boxer pup I was giving him a cup and a half of 50/50 rice and ground beef twice a day. Im not sure what your vet recommended for your pup. You might find this link helpful. I used it when I was trying to figure out the bland diet. I know it talks about treating diarrhea but it explains what to get and how to cook it. I fasted my dog for 12 hours but Im not sure that would be necessary since you aren't trying to treat diarrhea. If your vet didn't suggest it then you should skip that step.

Boxers are known for sensitive tummies and I notice with Rook that when he is on a food for too long he gets the loose stools again and that's when I change his protein within the brand. After the whole fiasco we switched to Acana Ranchlands which was grain-free and had beef protein. He was on that for 6 months and just recently his poop was getting soft again and he was farting more like before. I switched to a duck salmon protein Acana food and he is back to normal. I don't see why another dog might experience this as well.

But due to the obvious discomfort of your dog with her symptoms I might just say like aspin mentioned... get the allergy test done. It is very frustrating and takes time when switching foods. At least then you would know whats causing it and if it is environmental.
     
    06-03-2014, 07:57 PM
  #19
Started
OK so Jetta has been bumped up to 3/4 new and 1/4 old. Basically because we've practically run out of the old stuff haha and I'm not going to go buy a whole new bag. I think in three days or so she'll be on the new food completely and then the waiting game will begin.

She's taken to the new food great. She loves it and no changes in poo or gas so I'm thinking her tummy/system is accepting it so far.

She went to the groomer's yesterday in hopes that it would soothe her skin a bit. Usually she is good (no itching or minimal itching) for 2-3 days after a grooming but this time she started itching while we were driving home in the truck.

Poor thing. The only thing that is soothing her is Benadryl and the fan. I also laid a towel wrapped, flexible ice pack on her bum area and that helped her a lot.

Here's hoping this new food works.
     
    06-03-2014, 09:54 PM
  #20
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Phantomcolt18    
OK so Jetta has been bumped up to 3/4 new and 1/4 old. Basically because we've practically run out of the old stuff haha and I'm not going to go buy a whole new bag. I think in three days or so she'll be on the new food completely and then the waiting game will begin.

She's taken to the new food great. She loves it and no changes in poo or gas so I'm thinking her tummy/system is accepting it so far.

She went to the groomer's yesterday in hopes that it would soothe her skin a bit. Usually she is good (no itching or minimal itching) for 2-3 days after a grooming but this time she started itching while we were driving home in the truck.

Poor thing. The only thing that is soothing her is Benadryl and the fan. I also laid a towel wrapped, flexible ice pack on her bum area and that helped her a lot.

Here's hoping this new food works.
If she does get some upset tummy pumpkin puree works great :) When Rook gets an upset tummy I give him a heaping tablespoon of pumpkin with his food and it helps harden those poops up :)
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