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Sammy79 06-28-2014 07:22 PM

Food allergies?
 
I started feeding my GSD Blue Buffalo when he was a couple of months old. Up until he was just over a year old I decided to switch from BB due to soft to loose stool. For the last year and half I've tried Eukanuba, Orijen, and Natural Choice. All helped firm his stool but he would not stop the itching and biting. For over a year I could not figure out what was wrong with him. I tried different foods, shampoos, meds from the vet, probiotics, etc. Now that he is three years old I took him off Natural Choice and decided to go back to the stuff I was feeding him when he was a puppy, Blue Buffalo. To my surprise, he stopped itching and biting all together, but the same issue with the stool returned. For his weight we were feeding him the max, then reduced it to the min. Nothing changed! Does anyone know what's in BB that's different from all the other brands? I don't get what may or may not be in it to stop him from itching? Just recently I bought a bag of Royal Canin 24 to see how he would do, the itching and biting symptoms returned. Looks like I'll be stuck with BB for life unless there is something out there that will prevent him from itching and biting.

barnyard 06-29-2014 09:38 AM

It could be a protein allergy, potato, flax, etc. What Blue Buffalo are you feeding? I would like at the ingredients of the Blue Buffalo compared to a couple of the other foods you feed to see what could be the common ingredient.
Some people report good success with Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach, or Natural Balance, but since you know what food doesn't work, checking ingredients would be were I would start.

lauren43 06-29-2014 09:43 AM

I've had great success with Annamaet with my parents itchy, yeasty eared shih tzu mix. I think it's a great food for dogs with sensitivities.

{I also recommended it to a co-worker whose dogs had been itching so much she had patches of fur missing! From what I understand she stopped itching and the fur is coming back!}


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sehrgutcsg 06-29-2014 10:36 AM

Hate to tell you I stopped the home cooked chicken, white potatoes, peas and green beans, with the bentonite clay and the digestive enzymes and the coconut oil, mixed with the Costco, Chicken and Rice for $64.00 for 80 lbs.

Now, it's bentonite on Wed. and Sat. mornings, and no home cooked meals, string cheese treats once a week, no other treats whatsoever, sticks instead of dog chewy's and coconut oil every so often with digestive enzyme's the same. The ears are not red on the inside, blowing coat for summer @ 6 months, no scratching at all. It could be the sweet potato, carrot's and the beet pulp makes the stools soft. Test estrogen levels.

If my dogs hair fell out - I would stop feeding Costco, but it has not, it's as good as food costing twice as much in my opinion...

Oh' by the way she has had 3 baths in her entire life, once at 6 weeks before I got her, once in the kitchen sink a week later, once in the bathtub and that's it, brush and go... Don't wash away all the good oils that protect your animal ! :D

SGCSG

Sammy79 06-29-2014 01:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by barnyard (Post 5706289)
It could be a protein allergy, potato, flax, etc. What Blue Buffalo are you feeding? I would like at the ingredients of the Blue Buffalo compared to a couple of the other foods you feed to see what could be the common ingredient.
Some people report good success with Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach, or Natural Balance, but since you know what food doesn't work, checking ingredients would be were I would start.

When he was a pup I was feeding him BB chicken and rice, sometimes lamb and fish. Two months ago I put him back on BB fish and sweet potatoes. I'm going to look at the ingredients today see if there is anything obvious.


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