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Postby pawscrossed » January 5th, 2010, 3:03 pm

I just wanted a little feed back from others and see what other people are using or if they have any suggestions for me on food and supplements. Judo is 11 months old has a sensitive tummy to anything grainy or garbage treats raw hide ect. He is a puker and even does it when he gets up set emotionally haha. Its just a Judo thing lol. I am sure he is gonna be my allergy dog since by 5 months old I started noticing his itching and skin irritations besides his pigment is very light. When he was a baby he was pulled before he should have been weened so I ordered some good mamas milk supplements and he could handle wellness puppy food ok. Then I had him on Merrick Before Grain Buffalo and he always had the BG canned if I didnt cook him fresh meats along with his dry, My company closed and I was laid off so I had a huge pay cut and also the drive to where I get his food was 45 mins away. So I switched to Taste of the Wild Bison/venison (sold close by). He still eats the same fresh meats and canned green tripe or almost 100% meats canned along with it. Its not the best choice of dry but its the best for the price right now on my crap budget. I also started supplementing with a mix of msm, brewers yeast, probios and fish oils. (all are measured out and calculated to his size and what he receives in his food). Since then his yeasty ears almost stopped and his fur and eyes are sparkling LOL. I use Paul Mitchell Dog tea tree shampoo and refresher spay and that has helped with his itchy skin, More so now since of it being so dry.

So I am open for new suggestions if anyone has any. My last vet killed my dog long story short. Then I gave another local vet a chance and she messed up big time. So the one I plan on starting to use, a close friend uses for her Pitties and she is the head of internal medicine for our areas vet specialist/ER so I am gonna give him a shot. I am pulled more towards the holistic approach for dealing with allergies and I think this vet supports that. So for his 1 year check up I am going to address his allergy issues.

I am normally really good with this stuff but with my own animals I always 2nd guess myself. More so since losing my dog over treatable illnesses and defects....I lost my confidence. So hit me up with some ideas if you could.

Thanks guys!!
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Postby hugapitbull » January 5th, 2010, 3:48 pm

My concern with Taste of the Wild and allergies is that it doesn't follow the single carb/single protein theory that seems to be the prevalent recommendation for dogs with allergy sensitivities. I recently reviewed foods again and switched Trouble to Natural Balance sweet potato and venison. I get it at Petco, but there are other sources and is pretty reasonably priced.
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Postby Miss_Pits » January 5th, 2010, 4:13 pm

I have a friend with a dog who has allergies and she uses BG and Natural Balance formulas :)
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Postby LMM » January 5th, 2010, 9:24 pm

California Natural is seems to be a low ingredient food. I have one on it now and doing nicely.

Which vet is the one you are going with?
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Postby pawscrossed » January 5th, 2010, 9:36 pm

Dr. Randall at Companion I am thinking. Since my friend does what she does for MVA I trust her judgment with her personal vet. Who are you using? I am real jaded by crappy vets this past year. The last 2 lost at least 30 clients that were my placed rescues and friends animals after they messed up with mine. I really wish we had more laws and rights with vet medicine as we do with humans :(
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Postby LMM » January 5th, 2010, 9:43 pm

I use Irondequoit, Dr. Grankowski. They are under the MVA envelope so still pricey but I trust her with my dogs. She's gotten me through a few emergencies.
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Postby pawscrossed » January 5th, 2010, 9:53 pm

They saved my Persian 11 years ago! Also after Arrda pretty much told my friend they hated her pittie and she should be put down for a few years, she switched to Irondequoit and things have been Awesome for the both of them since!
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Postby TheRedQueen » January 5th, 2010, 9:56 pm

LMM wrote:California Natural is seems to be a low ingredient food. I have one on it now and doing nicely.

Which vet is the one you are going with?


My dad's doberman has been on Cal. Nat. for years...and it really helps keep his skin allergy issues under control. :D

I've got Figment on Innova Evo, as he was bumpy and itchy on the puppy foods with grains (Merrick, and others)...it really helps him out.
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Postby LMM » January 5th, 2010, 10:31 pm

pawscrossed wrote:They saved my Persian 11 years ago! Also after Arrda pretty much told my friend they hated her pittie and she should be put down for a few years, she switched to Irondequoit and things have been Awesome for the both of them since!



Who or what is Arrda?
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Postby Miss_Pits » January 5th, 2010, 10:53 pm

LMM wrote:
pawscrossed wrote:They saved my Persian 11 years ago! Also after Arrda pretty much told my friend they hated her pittie and she should be put down for a few years, she switched to Irondequoit and things have been Awesome for the both of them since!



Who or what is Arrda?


Arrda is a clinic in the city on Mt Read and Ridgeway. They are terrible!! We almost lost our Shepherd to a stomach illness because of them.

Pawscrossed - I work at Webster Vet Clinic for Dr. Bratton and he is amazing. I used to work for an MVA hospital, Stoneridge, and although we don't have the fancy building or anything, I trust Dr. Bratton 110% - he is amazing!!
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