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Old 05-05-2011, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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My latest foster, a 4 year old Boston Terrier, comes with a special food that apparently the former owner found to be the only kind she can tolerate w/o becoming itchy. She eats Royal Canine Mini Special 30. However, I want to be able to give her treats. I always train my fosters to do a few cute tricks; adopters just love that. Any suggestions on treats for an allergy prone dog?
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:38 AM
 
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Do you know the specific allergy? Normally I'd recommend gluten/wheat/soy/grain free treats, but seeing how Royal Canin has rice, gluten, soy and tons of other common allergens, it might be hard to pinpoint the real cause of her allergies.
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Old 05-05-2011, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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Do you know the specific allergy? Normally I'd recommend gluten/wheat/soy/grain free treats, but seeing how Royal Canin has rice, gluten, soy and tons of other common allergens, it might be hard to pinpoint the real cause of her allergies.
DK, they came to this food by trial and error and I would usually experiment but don't want to risk this baby regressing while in my care. She's highly adoptable. If I thought she would take about 6 months, I'd be a little less hesitant to try different things.....
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Old 05-05-2011, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Can try staying away from items with red food dye. Had a friend with an "itchy" dog and this seemed to help.
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Old 05-05-2011, 01:16 PM
 
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During a dog training course they suggested the use of cut up hot dogs in small pieces to train the dogs because they eat them rather quick. My one dog needs to watch his weight and a trainer suggested the bags of miniture carrots. He does great with both.

Here is a website which will link you to homemade dog treats for dogs with allergies.

http://ezinearticles.com/?Use-Homemade-Dog-Treat-Recipes-For-Dogs-With-Allergies&id=129486 (broken link)
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:19 PM
 
Location: southwest houston, tx
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fresh fruit, my boston has skin allergies also, i recently transitioned him over to blue buffalo wilderness salmon, his itching has decreased, hoping that by the end of the month it will the end. if you look at pet smart has the charlie bear biscuits, you make also be able to combine the ingredients in the current dog food to ingredients on some dog treats to get an idea at what might work.
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Old 05-05-2011, 11:11 PM
 
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Royal Canin and Hill's both have a hypoallergenic treat to go with their foods. Or you could use the actual food as treats.
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Old 05-06-2011, 08:22 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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the protein source in the mini special is chicken, so id stick to just that...chicken...
boiled chicken, PLAIN chicken jerky, or PLAIN freeze dried chicken.

you can pick up dehydrators (or jerky makers) for cheap from amazon and walmart and the likes,
or you can make it in the oven.
i belive oven temp is typically 140-150 degrees for making chicken jerky, just dont add a marinade or anythign. slive the chicken about 1/4" thick place on a wire rack (you can use a normal backing sheet But youll have to turn about once an hour) then place in the oven for about 3 hours. the jerky should be dry but still slightly flexible

take out of oven allow to 100% cool then break up into bite sized peices and store in an airtight jar in the refirgerator for up to 3 weeks

i think since she does well on the chicken and rice based food a chicken only treat would probbaly be the best bet for her.
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:48 AM
 
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Foxymaven, I need to jump in here with a cautionary note. I have a Cairn terrier who has awful food allergies that manifest in major skin problems. Big red zits, to be blunt.

He was put on the prescription hypoallergenic food from Royal Canin (mostly beet pulp) and did well. But it's not a very well balanced diet for the long term. It's meant to "cleanse" their systems and used for a few months. Gradually, we added food categories to see which ones caused a flare-up. This took months of trial and error, but a "hit" (something he was allergic to) was immediate and obvious.

Big negative reactors for him are chicken (the vet thinks it's possibly the corn in the chicken feed), corn, wheat, and dairy. So no cheese or yogurt.

His diet now is any and all Natural Balance products (Dick Van Patten's brand) and his treats are carrots (raw or nuked), green beans and unflavored rice cakes. The rice cakes are crunchy and low in calories. He absolutely loves raw carrots and green beans. A special treat is tuna - canned, water packed, just a teaspoon on his dry food, or small chunks of roast beef. No poultry.

He's thriving now, with no skin outbreaks for a year.
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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I've been advised to try Nature's Domain (Costco brand) Allergy Salmon ... $32 a bag. The people in my rescue group swear by it...
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