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My 10 month old GSD is constantly getting ear infections and rashes on hos belly, arm pits and rear quarters. Sometimes it's a yeast infection in his ear and sometimes a different infection.
My vet told me to get him on a food that has no beef, chicken, wheat or corn and recommended a brand verus( fish and potato one)or innova brand. I heard good things about nutra ultra but it has chicken in the ingredient.
I doubt if it's chicken he's allergic to but i need to stick to one kind for 12 weeks to figure out what is causing this.
Any suggestions on foods and allergies?
I'm driving myself crazy with all the choices out there and i need to stay under $2. per pound.
Thanks.
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You can do a home cooked limited ingredient diet for a while to try to pinpoint the food allergy. If your vet is just guessing, I would maybe start with Chicken and Rice or if you think it is Chicken then try fish and rice or fish and potatoe. A limited diet for a short period of time will not harm your dog.
 

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Chicken is one of the first meats that dogs can be allergic to. I have a dog that I have gone through the same thing with.

He initially had been on lamb until all those new dogs foods started coming out, I started experimenting. That is when he stated having problems, but we also moved to a new house with lots of oak and pine trees. I ended up going to a specialist who wants to do allergy testing. Was going to cost several thousands to do this.

I finally went to an older vet who told me to put my dog back on lamb - he was to have nothing but lamb, lamb treats, no chicken or other meat products.

In addition, the dog was to be on a month of antibiotics to clear up the secondary infection and a bath with special shampoo once a week until better. Also, to ensure it is not a flea infection, I give Advantage every 3 weeks instead of once a month.

I also think he has some airborne allergies as well so I clean and wash bedding and floors CONSTANTLY.

He is much improved, and I have been given the Go sign to give him a bath every 10 days instead of weekly.

I think it will be a life-long commitment.


Wellness makes a formula that has only one meat and one carb called Simple Solution, Canidae has a Lamb formula that I am using with him, and Natural Balance has some allergy formulas you might want to look at.

Hope some of this helps, but like I said it takes time and staying on top of it. No table treats or anything but one meat formula that you choose.

I also use a spray to lower his scratching that he does which helps eliminate inflammation. Did I mention the Fish Oil the vet prescribed? His hair is thicker and more glossey and he has more of it than ever before. In addition, it also helps alot with secondary inflammation.
 

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I had the same problem with my dog with yeasty ears...she is allergic to Chicken, I put her on California Natural lamb/rice and have never had another problem. What are you feeding now?
 

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Please check out Ekko's Website (link in my signature). You are much better off doing a blood allergy test through the vet and a home elimination diet to figure out what ingredients your dog is allergic to. Ekko is allergic to corn, beef, pork, brewer's yeast, sunflower oil, egg, dairy... the list goes on. Your dog can be allergic to ANY ingredient in a food... not just the meat or carb source.

Ekko does FAMOUSLY with chicken! Thank God for chicken! LOL Every dog is different. You can't generalize when you are talking allergies. Figure out what YOUR dog is allergic to. Don't go by generalities.
 

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Originally Posted By: AnnaRileyI ended up going to a specialist who wants to do allergy testing. Was going to cost several thousands to do this.
I know you didn't ask for advice Anna, but frankly, I can't figure out how testing can cost several thousand dollars. I've done ALL the allergy testing that's available (some of which isn't 100% reliable, which, I assured my vet I was aware of). I went through highly regarded board-certified specialists. And I live in a pretty expensive part of the United States. And all told, testing alone ran me about $950. And as I said, I did it ALL.

Treatment, like allergy shots and medicine costs more. But just testing wasn't that much.

So I would suggest to you that perhaps you speak to another specialist. Yes, you're right, living with an allergic dog IS a life-long commitment. But it's so much easier when you know who your enemy is. We were able to pull out much of the landscaping that affected our dog the most. That made SUCH a difference. Can we eradicate all trees and weeds that affect him in our neighborhood? Nah. Some of our neighbors actually like their 100 year old trees, and we can't convince them to tear them down.


But knowing what battles you're fighting makes it easier. It's so hard to figure out where to start when you don't know what is toxic to your dog (food and inhaled allergens). So information is so helpful. So is a specialist who is willing to help, not simply price-gouge you. There may likely be another in your region who is more affordable. Not "cheap." I don't go for "cheap" doctors. But just someone who is priced reasonably.

Anyhow, that's just a thought.
 

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My initial office visit to the specialist I went to was $374.00. I was given a regime to follow for a month before testing could be done. I was given an estimate of between $1200 - $1300 for skin testing. Then the vet told me a serum would be made for me to give him a shot once every day which she said you run me about $350 to $400 per year depending on what they found after testing. Office visits are $120.

This is the only specialty group in town. This group is in the process of building a new office not far from me so I can bet that the prices will go up even more.

Frankly, I'd like to tear the house down. It has been nothing but constant trouble since I bought it and has drained by pocketbook almost dry which is one reason I had not really pursued the testing.

However, I may be forced to forge ahead with the testing because it appears another dog of mine is beginning to show signs of skin irritation.
 

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One of my dogs has terrible allergies as well. Im in the process of finding a good fish and potato like diet since she seems to be allergic to almost EVERYTHING! lol.. We've literally been through everything short of spending the money for a specialist to do all of her allergy testing. Our vet went with a more "trial and error" method. We got a few small bags of different allergy foods for dogs, and i tried them one by one (on a 6 month period per bag) and if it didnt work by 6 months, we'd try another brand. We're still looking it seems that fish may be the only thing she's not allergic to. We've gone through all the symptoms of red yeasty ears, to pimples on her muzzle, red itchy patches on her underbelly, armpits, and her butt (right before her tail on her back). Medicated oatmeal baths seem to sooth the spots, and sometimes she needs a "lamp shade" a.k.a. the Shin Buster to stop her from licking at her back and belly.
 

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Originally Posted By: tibvixie101 Im in the process of finding a good fish and potato like diet since she seems to be allergic to almost EVERYTHING!
My GSD is allergic to potatoes too.


Ah, it's never easy! (Potato-free Instinct is the only kibble I allow in my home -- for my other dog. My GSD eats a raw diet, so I can <u>obsessively</u> control every single ingredient.



There should be a support group for Allergic Dog Owners!

Good luck!
 

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I would highly recommend Natural Balance. It is a little pricey but it's a wonderful, wonderful product. Both of mine have food allergies ... Ava much worse than Cooper but they do great on it and LOVE the food.

The allergy issue can be tuff but I think you can find something that your pup likes and does well on that doesn't have to come from the Vet and run you 90 bucks a bag. I too would suggest doing the blood panel for the allergies. I paid $175 for the extensive blood panel results. It was money well spent. If your Vet is going to charge you several thousands of dollars ... I call around some different Vets to see what they charge.
 

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None of my vets have suggested a blood panel. And I am not trying to take away from Jean's thread, but if I ask for one, what would I ask for - is there a specific name for this test so I do not get "you don't know what you are asking for or there is no way to test by blood." from the vet.?
 

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Originally Posted By: AnnaRileyNone of my vets have suggested a blood panel. And I am not trying to take away from Jean's thread, but if I ask for one, what would I ask for - is there a specific name for this test so I do not get "you don't know what you are asking for or there is no way to test by blood." from the vet.?
HESKA/ELISA allergy testing
 

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We did the HESKA/ELISA blood test and it was $200. If I wanted to follow up with the skin testing, it would have been $1800. The values that were generated by the blood test did not give me cause to have the skin testing done. There were 18 foods on the list and out of them only 5 of the values came back at 11 or less. The marker for an allergy is 150+. It also tested environmental allergies - where values were at 269 for some items. I am confident that Gracie has no food allergies. May be something you can suggest to your vet. Good luck!!
 

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Originally Posted By: LJsMom
Originally Posted By: AnnaRileyNone of my vets have suggested a blood panel. And I am not trying to take away from Jean's thread, but if I ask for one, what would I ask for - is there a specific name for this test so I do not get "you don't know what you are asking for or there is no way to test by blood." from the vet.?
HESKA/ELISA allergy testing
AND... I didn't even go to a specialist to have this test done. My regular vet took the blood and sent it off for testing. I didn't do the skin testing, and I only paid for the food allergy blood panel because I knew I could control the food better than anything environmental.
 

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I did the same exact thing as Tula did ... they took a vial of blood and sent it off for the food allergy test. It did take about 2 weeks to get the results but it was worth it.
 

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Well I contacted my vet about having the blood test done for allergies that you told me about. I was told that it was not conclusive and was not worth the money - any comments? Do I need to change vets?
 

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Nature's Recipe has a Venison & Rice that my dogs love. I've noticed Apollo's ears look a lot better.
 
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