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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 10-14-2019, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Need help with allergy food trials

Has anyone ever gone to a LID diet for allergies then added back foods to find out what your dog is allergic to? How does that type of testing work? If you did it, were you successful in eliminating all food allergies? We have two choices. One is to stay with the prescription novel protein diet indefinitely, maybe for the rest of his life. The other is to gradually add back foods and hope we can find out which ones donít cause allergies, then try to find a food that only includes non allergen foods. It seems that proteins are the primary allergen, so raw is completely out. There could be other secondary allergens.
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No one has tried this?
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I’ve never done an elimination diet with a dog before. I have with babies when nursing to see why they all had horrible colic, and found dairy and gluten to be an issue while I was breastfeeding. I’m sure there is no correlation from that to a dog though, sorry! Lol

Lyka has a sensitive stomach, and gets itchy on certain foods, but I didn’t go the elimination route for ingredients, I lucked out and found Fromm caused no reactions with one switch, so that’s probably not super helpful either. Sorry!

What problems is she/he having that make you want to do an elimination diet?
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Skin eruptions. We are working with a specialist but the next step is up to me.
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I've done it a long time ago. I believe the method we used was one novel protein and one novel carbohydrate only for 30 full days. after which introducing one single ingredient per 30 day period. But they have to be non symptomatic on the first novel pair before you can introduce something else. If they aren't then you might have to try another novel protein/carb pair and wait another month

I did design her a diet based on her allergy test results that I home cooked for 6 or 7 years and she did fantastic on it. I eased her on to the home made diet as above, one ingredient at a time until I felt I had enough different ingredients that she was getting enough nutrition.
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I wonder why they havenít done a blood test on my dog for food allergies. We know what heís not allergic to but not what is causing the reactions. I will ask them. The specialist told me adding food back is very tedious and can take a long time.
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I wonder why they haven’t done a blood test on my dog for food allergies. We know what he’s not allergic to but not what is causing the reactions. I will ask them. The specialist told me adding food back is very tedious and can take a long time.
As far as I have been told, the blood test they did on my dog is not very respected. Maybe a waste of money, totally wrong.

Some of the other allergy testing, like for food mites and dust mites, I think are believed to be more accurate. Has your dog been tested for those allergies? Because if that's the cause then you're wasting a lot of time and effort on the food
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No, because the symptoms have all disappeared since the food change.
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Blood test for food isn't accurate. Heska results state this at the bottom. They would probably want to do a scratch test.
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What I did was make a list of all the foods I'd had my dog on. I wrote down the ingredients to see what they all had in common. Then found a food that didn't contain those things. Example, chicken, sweet potatoes, peas, fish, etc. I found one of my dogs doesn't do well on chicken, white or sweet potatoes or peas. Since you now have an LID food your dog does well on look at the ingredients. Look for other foods with similar ingredients/same protein. There is no reason you can't feed raw. Just don't feed the protein your dog has issues with. And there's always the possibility that the protein they have an issue with won't bother them in the raw state vs cooked or highly processed into kibble.
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