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Old 11-06-2007, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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The vet said that rubbing behavior (rubbing against the couch) is likely due to marking territory. He does have allergies (sneezing and some hair loss around the eyes). Would a holistic diet help? What brand would you recommend? Solid Gold? Something else? He is eating Nature's recipe, now.
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Old 11-06-2007, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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The vet said that rubbing behavior (rubbing against the couch) is likely due to marking territory. He does have allergies (sneezing and some hair loss around the eyes). Would a holistic diet help? What brand would you recommend? Solid Gold? Something else? He is eating Nature's recipe, now.
Try Canidae, my dogs have both environmental and food allergies. I went from having them on allergy meds three seasons of four to maybe a pill or two for the entire year.
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Old 11-06-2007, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Jax
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Wheat is a common dog allergen, but we had a dog once that was allergic to corn. Just something to tuck away in your mind in case you have trouble finding the cause .
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Old 11-07-2007, 04:04 AM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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The vet advised me giving him benadryl (children's). I was just considering the diet. I will check the ingredients of the dog food. He was sneezing, though, when he first came.
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Old 11-07-2007, 04:38 AM
 
Location: a nation with hope
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Wheat is a common dog allergen, but we had a dog once that was allergic to corn. Just something to tuck away in your mind in case you have trouble finding the cause .
I understand that we should avoid all pet foods that list corn in the ingredients. It's simply a filler, and there's no benefit to the dog from it.
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Old 11-07-2007, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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Shadow has a long list of food allergies, plus environmental. She is doing very well on Solid Gold Wolf King.
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Old 11-07-2007, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Loss Wages
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I would definitely change the diet. don't use any human meds if you can avoid it. I got a stern talking to from my vet when I did something like that a few months ago with children's tylenol. Ya, big mistake there.

It all depends on your fur baby. The best thing to do is get a bunch of samples which you can get from the specialty pet food stores and see what your dog will like and respond well to. Look at the ingredients of the old dog food. Sometimes your pet won't like what another will so it will be trial and error. The samples works well since you don't have to buy it all the time. Solid Gold I've heard over and over great results but there's also Canidae, Wellness, and I know some go the raw diet route which is I feel probably the best route if you have the time and money. I can get a few sites for ya soon.
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Old 11-07-2007, 04:23 PM
 
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Without knowing what the allergy actually is, nobody can say if a diet change will help, the only way to find out is to go for it and see what happens. Some really good, high quality foods are Innova, Wellness, Canidae, California natural, Wysong, there are other great foods out there, the thing that makes them good is that they are all human grade ingredients (no byproduct) and the main ingredient is the protein source, which in the case of an allergic dog should be a novel protein like fish, buffalo, kangaroo, duck, venison....something that they have not been exposed to.

Something else to note with allergies, keep track of flare ups (if there are any) if things seem to get worse if there seems to be a pattern, it could be seasonal environmental type allergies. If the symptoms are constant/unchanging, it could be anything.

Good Luck
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Old 11-07-2007, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Loss Wages
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Without knowing what the allergy actually is, nobody can say if a diet change will help, the only way to find out is to go for it and see what happens. Some really good, high quality foods are Innova, Wellness, Canidae, California natural, Wysong, there are other great foods out there, the thing that makes them good is that they are all human grade ingredients (no byproduct) and the main ingredient is the protein source, which in the case of an allergic dog should be a novel protein like fish, buffalo, kangaroo, duck, venison....something that they have not been exposed to.

Something else to note with allergies, keep track of flare ups (if there are any) if things seem to get worse if there seems to be a pattern, it could be seasonal environmental type allergies. If the symptoms are constant/unchanging, it could be anything.

Good Luck
I agree on keeping track. Even keeping a journal is a wise thing to do.
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Old 11-07-2007, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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What about chicken soup for Dogs Lovers Soul..... My dogs eat this it has no corn it.All healthy food for her.
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