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Hypoallergenic Food Options

Hi,

This past fall our golden retriever was put on hypoallergenic food for a possible food allergy - it seems to be helping his skin condition, but the food is expensive! Anyone know of something that is cheaper and the same ingredients wise as the following food: Royal Canine - Adult HP in a turquoise/white bag

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I don't know about the food but I was wondering what kind of skin issues your pup was having because mine is having a lot of itching that I can't figure out.

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I don't know about the food but I was wondering what kind of skin issues your pup was having because mine is having a lot of itching that I can't figure out.
Hi Cari,

He was having really bad itching over the summer - we ruled out fleas, ring worm, scabies, fungal infections and even had him on antibiotics several times to help with the infected sores he had. We are now thinking that it was either a food allergy or something in the environment that was in bloom in the summer. Our vet thought food because the itching was everywhere and with the winter coming it would be hard to figure out what (if anything) he was allergic to in his environment. Overall his skin was red/purple/brown and itched a ton to the point where he ripped his fur out and caused additional problems because he was itching so much. How long has your pup been itching for?
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Petsmart's Simply Nourish has a salmon and sweet potato for about $50 for a 30 lb bag. Costco has a similar food, $34 for a 30 lb bag I believe.
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Did your vet ever do a thyroid panel? Do a search on thyroid disorder in dogs & bring this to your vet.


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AUTOIMMUNE THYROIDITIS

From what I understand, food allergies are rare in dogs
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Food rarely causes allergies although it is possible. It is, however, much more likely that it's an environmental allergy. Allergies to grass, ragweed and other such things are very common in dogs, just as they are in people. If its seasonal it's also more likely to be environmental.

RC HP (Hypoallergenic HP Dry / Veterinary Therapeutic Formulas / Canine Nutrition / Veterinary Exclusive Nutrition / Home - RoyalCanin) is a prescription food and it has other prescription brand equivalents like Hill's ZD and ZD Ultra (z/d® Canine ULTRA Allergen-Free - Dry), and Purina's HA (HA Hypoallergenic® Canine Formula | Purina Veterinary Diets). I think RC is usually cheaper than Hills, but perhaps equivalent to Purina?

What is common in these prescription Hypo diets is that the animal protein (commonly considered the most likely allergen) is either excluded or is hydrolized. Plant-based proteins (like soy) are put in instead.

There are non-prescription foods that mimic this type of make-up or they include only one animal protein so that you can elminate things your dog may be allergic too more easily. These are commonly called limited ingredient diets and are made by Natural Balance, Nature's Variety and some other popular brands.

You can also run allergy AND intolerance panels through labs such as Dr. Dodds.

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Has the Royal Canin HP food your dog is on been helping/have you noticed a change? If not, then the food wouldn't be the issue. If it HAS (which points to possible food allergy), I don't think there is anything you can buy at a pet store that is the same ingredient-wise as the presciption food. Perhaps you can talk to your vet about transitioning on to a simple ingredient (California Natural food perhaps? Or Blue Buffalo and Wellness have "simple" lines, I believe) food, with a novel protein?
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Any other suggestions for crazy allergies?

My Piper is having a terrible time with allergies and some pretty serious responses to grains. For the last two-three months we've had her on prescription DZ dog food and its helped tremendously. Her thyroid is fine too. But we ran out of food ($90/month!) and evidently someone who will remain nameless (we'll call him Mud for now) decided to finish off an old bag of another allergy response culprit (fish and potato if you can believe it).

I'm now thinking of trying benedryl because this has gone over the top first and foremost because Piper is utterly miserable. And the "Cone of Shame" will never be her friend. I'm anxious for any suggestions here.
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I'd put "Mud" on an allowance and use the food she does well on. Dr Dodds at Hemopet has a food sensitivity test now which may help pinpoint the exact issues if they are food related.



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