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Old 10-28-2012, 08:53 PM
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Help finding new food for allergy dog

Hi everyone, thanks for reading this!
Since I adopted Elvis in May, it has been determined that he has an allergy to corn and soy, and recently chicken. He was on Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice when I got him, and had pretty bad hot spots and loose stools constantly. After some testing we switched to Diamond Naturals Large Breed Lamb and Rice. He is doing pretty good on this and loves the big food pieces. After doing more research into Diamond and finding out about the recalls that have happened, it makes me a little bit nervous. I have been contemplating switching foods to be on the safe side, but it is hard finding something just as affordable (although this isn't a huge problem). He occasionally gets a few tablespoons of the Natural Balance LID Duck & Potato wet food on top of his dry as he enjoys that, but that dry food is up there in the price too. Anyone have any input as to feeding Diamond products? I know I'm not the expert on it but I just want to do what is best for Elvis. If you would not recommend it, what other suggestions do you have? I have been looking into the Blue Buffalo Fish & Sweet Potato as well as Nature's Recipe Lamb & Rice, and the L.I.D that I mentioned above.
Keep in mind I do have Petco and Petsmart in this area but little else besides TSC, and am also open to using petfooddirect if I can figure out if he likes it first (:
Also I am trying to keep the cost affordable to me as I am in college but like I said, his health is more important. Thank you for all the help ahead of time!
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cooper has sensitivities to chicken and he does well on blue buffalo basics turkey and potato. he seems to enjoy it and so far it's been the best food to work for him!
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Petsmart has a new line, Simply Nourish, I believe it is their own label. They have a nice sweet potato and salmon with limited ingredients at a reasonable price.I think about $45 for a 30 pound bag.

Ingredients:

Dried Sweet Potato, Salmon Meal, Salmon, Tomato Pomace, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Natural Flavor, Flaxseed, Dried Carrots, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-ascorbyl-polyphosphate, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Vitamin D Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Ferric Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Choline Chloride

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein Not less than 24.0%
Crude Fat Not less than 12.0%
Crude Fiber Not more than 5.0%
Moisture Not more than 10.0%
Calcium Not less than 1.5%
Phosphorus Not less than 1.0%
Potassium Not less than 0.70%
Zinc Not less than 175 mg/kg
Selenium Not less than 0.20 mg/kg
Vitamin A Not less than 20,000 IU/kg
Vitamin E Not less than 200 IU/KG
Omega-6 Fatty Acids*Not less than 1.8%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids*Not less than 1.6%
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)*Not less than 10 mg/kg
Beta carotene* Not less than 10 mg/kg
Lycopene*Not less than 1.0 mg/kg
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Two of my goldens (one is a mix) had issues with their food. Have been using Acana Ranchlands (no chicken,corn, or soy) for a couple of years and they are doing very well on it.
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First, Thank You for adopting Elvis, he will be the best dog because you gave him a real Home and I can tell how much you Love him.
I feed my dogs Nutro Holistic Adult and supplement with omega 3 fish oil, Prozyme, non-fat yogurt and local honey every day. They also get sardines, fresh fish, steamed/raw veggies and fruit in their diet.
Best of luck, it took me some time to figure out what was Bob's and Dylan's problem with allergies.
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My golden has sensitivities to chicken and potatoes, which makes finding a food for him a royal pain in my tail!

I'm currently feeding Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach with good results.

Another I strongly considered was Holistic Select Anchovy, Salmon, Sardine.

As for Diamond, I personally am not a huge fan of them--but with that said, each company has their own issues. If he is doing well on the food and you are happy with it--just be cautious of their recent recalls and if he starts to act funny or gets sick, be cautious.
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Petsmart has a new line, Simply Nourish, I believe it is their own label. They have a nice sweet potato and salmon with limited ingredients at a reasonable price.I think about $45 for a 30 pound bag.

Ingredients:

Dried Sweet Potato, Salmon Meal, Salmon, Tomato Pomace, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Natural Flavor, Flaxseed, Dried Carrots, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-ascorbyl-polyphosphate, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Vitamin D Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Ferric Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Choline Chloride
Thank you for this! I looked on the Petsmart website and the reviews for this are pretty good, and they even have a lamb and rice similar to what we are on since I know he likes lamb. I will definitely keep this in mind!
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Blue Buffalo lamb/Rice
California Natural Herring/Sweet Potato
California Natural Lamb/Rice
Lifetime Lamb/Oatmeal

I feed Acana Lamb/Apple
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I was told Rocky was extremely allergic to chicken. I avoided clicked like the plague, but, for the first 18 months, Rocky scratched incessantly had several nasty secondary skin infections and we took many trips to my vet and the dermatologist. Tried many different foods before settling on Orijen 6Fish. I now feed Dr Tim's Pursuit and he is doing great. In hindsight, it is obvious that Rocky's problems were 100% due to the stress of being rehomed. In talking with Rocky's rescue, dogs can take up to one year before they become completely comfortable and confident in their new home. Maybe your dogs just need some time to settle in.
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Determined how?

Since you are a student look for Victor, Pro Pac, Loyall, Tuffy Gold (Nutrisource) and Prism (Wellness Eagle). All of these have formulas without the items you mentioned.

However, who determined he was allergic? Even though it is possible, it is still unlikely. It is much more possible that you are just feeding a poorly made food.

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