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Old 02-16-2010, 09:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, we just got back Romy's allergy test and apparently he's allergic to Chicken, corn, oats and fish. He's borderline on Beef.
I have been transitioning Romy to NB Bison and Sweet potato and am now confused as to whether I should stop the Bison and opt for something else.
The Vet seems to think that beef and Bison are similar however, I did some research on my own and found that some do not agree. Now, I'm totally confused!
I definitely do not want to keep feeding him Bison if it might hurt him so I need any advice I can get! Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Bison is a completely different species than cattle. I would definitely be looking for a new vet if they didn't know that.

If you are worried about your pup being allergic to bison/buffalo as well I'd test for that. It's unlikely considering it is still a novel protein in dog foods.
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I know, right??? I kinda figured out he had no clue so I was quiet about it. As soon as I got home I did my own research. I know I would probably get a better answer here when he told me he thought Bison to be under the same category as beef. Thanks for the quick reply. I will definitely stick with the Bison
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't expect my vet to know much about nutrition. If the vet is working out otherwise, and if you have a good working relationship with them, as long as you know what you are doing nutritionally, that's what matters.

Btw, different species can still cross-react, somewhere I have a post about beef, venison and lamb cross-reacting, and your vet may have been thinking about something like that.
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Yeah, I think that if there is a beef allergy, it is common to have other "hot" red meat allergies as well.

A lot go hand in hand....if there is a chicken allergy there might be a turkey allergy or duck allergy, etc.

But it's a bit of a crap shoot unless you test for it. Your vet might be wrong or might be right. I'm assuming since you're asking bison wasn't part of the test?
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No, I didn't precisely ask for Bison but then I didn't ask about any particular food group. The Vet just ran it , and he said that it would tell us all that he is allergic to.
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I have been wondering the exact same thing! I am suspecting a beef allergy (among other things) for one of my dogs. The other non-allergy dog is eating the NB Sweet Potato & Bison, with great results. I am hoping that after the suggested 12 weeks on Rx food, I can transition her (the allergy dog) to the NB Bison. I am worried about the Bison causing her allergies to flare up.
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I don't think that Duck, is considered "closely related" to the chicken, turkey (poultry) allergies?.......I can't remember WHERE exactly, I read the article..?..sorry?!
It mentions something about the Duck's meat being a thicker, more oiled, "dark" meat......unlike the (meat) of the chicken & turkey....etc...etc....ALSO mentioned something the same about "Pheasant"...because it's a wild bird....meat is different?!
AGAIN...sorry....can't remember where I read it?..
I don't have too much experience with "allergy" problems.....wish I could be of more assistance.
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Oh...forgot!!
Ostrich is supposed to be the next "allergy free" food.....looks like red meat, tastes like a "red" meat.....but not EXACTLY a "red"/beef type meat.....
But I haven't seen Ostrich as a protein source for pet food yet?
Anyone use Horse meat?.....dog food used to also be made with horse meat.....back in the day.
Just some info.....
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My friend's gsd is allergic to bison but is fine with beef. I know of another dog who is allergic to beef but is fine with bison. So in my (limited) experience dogs do respond differently to them.
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