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04-21-2014 01:48 AM
RAW diet and Bloat

Hi All

Me again.

Bloat is unfortunately common in large dogs like German Shepherds. My last dog died of it at the age of 4 years.

Does anybody know if there is a study that dogs who are fed RAW have less chance of bloating than dogs that get fed kibbles?
04-17-2014 10:24 AM
Flutter Intradermal testing is the gold standard for both humans and animals. I fully trust those results. The blood test was done to support the intradermal and we got it at cost.

With how strongly he reacted to sheep epithelium and chicken proteins the specialist said no ruminants and no birds (due to cross reactivity). Put that together with our experiences and it makes completalle sense. We need to get things under control and then we can carefully work at introducing new foods. There are several vets working together in the care of our dog and of them have more than a DVM.

I will check out all of the links provided. Thank you!
04-16-2014 07:20 PM
GatorBytes Home | East York Animal Clinic


I think you need to get a second opinion.

From what I understand (according to vet) allergy tests are only 60% accurate (blood) and slightly higher for dermal.

I would say do the saliva test, but don't feel it's comprehensive enough.

What the heck is ALL ruminants mean? Did they list every animal and you are giving readers digest version, or is this what vet told you?
04-16-2014 06:52 PM
David Winners Some novel protein foods:

Addiction’s Wild Kangaroo & Apples

Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets

California Natural (Canned)

Blue Buffalo Wilderness (Dry)
04-16-2014 06:31 PM
Flutter Unfortunately he's allergic to rabbits and both bison and venison are ruminants.
04-16-2014 06:08 PM
carmspack Heron View has rabbit , buffalo , I am thinking they have venison at times , always lots of pork cuts .
04-15-2014 04:10 PM
Flutter Honestly, he may be able to tolerate other proteins in the future (fingers crossed) but now isn't the time to try them. We need to get his health under control before taxing him further.
04-15-2014 04:05 PM
Flutter We did intradermal allergy testing along with the most reliable blood test out there so we're pretty darn sure. We were going to do the saliva test as well but our regular vet and the allergy specialist both suggested not doing it because the research to back it up is... poor...

He is allergic to several fillers like corn, rice, potato, tomato, and wheat. Also allergic to alfalfa which rules out a lot of kibbles. Appears to be much more reactive to cooked chicken than raw in our experience. Even one piece of chicken kibble gives him diarrhea for days. Tried two different duck kibbles, one of them was the food you use and no good.

Looking back he did best on a fish based grain free kibble but we haven't found a single kibble other than the Back to Basics Pork that doesn't contain something he's allergic to. We can't even use their fish kibble because it has potato IIRC.
04-15-2014 03:40 PM
scarfish are you sure your dog is allergic to what you think it is or maybe the fillers in foods? our first dog had constant diarrhea, vomited a lot and developed a rash on her belly. we tried lots of different foods. the day we tried a limited ingredient grain free food she was normal. we now only feed nature's variety grain free limited ingredient kibble and she has been fine ever since. this might not be your dogs problem but also might be. you never know 'till you find the food your dog can eat without a problem.
04-15-2014 03:34 PM
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