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05-27-2014 07:07 PM
onyx'girl I'm going to contact this lab for an oral spray serum for Onyx's allergies(she's already been tested with Heska lab, but will probably have to have this one do it as well). A friend has had her male on this spray for about a year(all seasons have been included) and he is showing much improvement.

Apoquel is supposedly very effective in helping reduce symptoms but is in such short supply and it doesn't "cure" desensitize the allergies like a serum would.
05-27-2014 04:30 PM
jrennie15 I have a dog that has food sensitivities to almost everything under the sun. He would scratch himself until he bled and then his skin would get all infected and it was just a vicious cycle.

What we ended up doing with him was putting him onto a venison and sweet potato type of food made by natural balance. Even the "hypoallergenic" ones the vet had us try did not work or help anything. Then I spoke with another vet who informed me that very few dogs have a reaction to venison and to try that. It worked well and he has been symptom free for almost three years. They even make treats that are the same flavour by that company. (Not sure how exciting that is for the dog…)

Just some info from my experience..

Good luck!
05-27-2014 02:45 PM
Springbrz NutriScan is the test I personally used. However, talk to your vet. The vet may have a choice of "panels' to run. The panels may not be the same and may test for different foods. Example: Nutriscan tests for the most common proteins and grains. There is a dog here that is sensitive to peas/pea protein. I know that is not tested for with the nutriscan test.
Compare tests from your vet and Nutriscan. Test with whichever gives you the most for the money to start.

It helps to understand that dogs rarely have "TRUE" food allergies. Dogs do commonly have "food sensitivities". There is a difference. My personal research has shown the most common sensitivities leading to symptoms in dogs come from:
Beef, chicken and grains.

While I personally suspected chicken and was correct, I was stunned to find out peanuts were the bigger evil. I was giving my poor girl peanut butter in her kong frequently. I was also giving her her anti itch meds in a spoon of peanut butter . So, you can see how trial and error can get you nowhere.
Not to mention be very frustrating...

You can see my dogs test results here:

Your vet can also test for a host of environmental allergies as well. It is not uncommon for a dog with food issues to have environmental allergies as well.

I strongly suggest testing. It saves so much time and gets your dog on the road to recovery so much quicker. Your dog will not be suffering while you play the "trial and error" game that can take months or worse, years.

I don't know what vets charge for testing. Or how many things they test for. I do know the Nutriscan test is pricey @ nearly $300 but it was well worth it to me and my girl Ziva.

Best of luck!
05-27-2014 01:54 PM
wyoung2153 I personally would go strait to the food allergy test, we tried to eliminate foods and all that. It just takes way too long and you may not even have it right. We did Titan's food allergy test and it came back within a few weeks.. and we have found a food that isn't like any other.

If you do decide to just continue with foods.. try Canine Caviar Or California Natural. Canine Caviar is what we are on now, I only suggest California Natural because it seems to use a little bit different ingredients. CC uses barely any ingredients I have seen before..

Home | Canine Caviar Home
05-27-2014 01:12 PM
You So is the NutriScan the best test for food allergies?
05-26-2014 04:44 AM
DHau I suggest you get the testing done ASAP. When you do food eliminating, it takes 6 weeks to learn if there is any improvement. You could go through this for months and not find the answer. It may not even be the food, but environmental allergies. While you are doing the elimination trials, your dog is suffering. I did not want to do the testing either, but at least I knew why my dog had so many episodes of yeast and staph infections on the skin. From my experience allergies started with ear infections and licking front paws. Then sores on the underside and hot spots. If you do not figure it out, the allergies become progressively worse as the dog matures. ACV, coconut oil, and digestive enzymes help with us. My dog had food and environmental allergies. Testing helped me prepare me annually what to expect and when.
05-23-2014 06:11 PM
You After thinking about this more, is it best to eliminate grains and chicken from her diet first, then if her allergies persist eliminate more things?

Or just eliminated everything possible and then slowing introduce items back in if the allergies stop?
05-23-2014 10:36 AM
kbella999 The Dasuquin has some ingredients in it that could be causing itching. You might try Cosequin instead and see if that helps.
05-23-2014 10:31 AM
You Thanks for the feedback everyone. I guess the first step is to change her food to a grain-free food.

I'm going to try Nature's Variety Instinct Limited Ingredient dry food for a few week and see if that helps.
05-22-2014 07:01 PM
Springbrz Allergies are hard to figure out. I could be food and/or environmental allergies. I strongly recommend testing. Saves time and money in the long run. There will be no guessing.
If you think it's food you could have your vet do a an allergy panel or you can do a Nutriscan food intolerance test for dogs in your own home and get the result via e-mail. They will even send a copy of the results to your vet.

NutriScan Food Sensitivity and Intolerance Test for Cats and Dogs

What you describe does sound more like environmental allergies to me. Symptoms worse in spring and fall. Symptoms worse after applying chemicals to your lawn. Your vet can test for those as well.

Although, I wouldn't rule out a grain intolerance or a combination of the two.

Just me thoughts. Hope girl is feeling better soon.
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