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Old 01-20-2009, 08:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I understand this topic has probably been discussed many times, but i am losing hair trying to figure out a food that will not make my boxer itch or get redness of the skin and sometimes bumps. He also sometimes licks his feet until they are beet red. We started him on Canidae ALS, then went to TOTW Bison/venison, and finally thru vets suggestion. Natures Balance Limited ingredients diet Potato/venison. Now he is on the potato/salmon version of nature balance which seems like the worst mix. All have given my dog some sort of itchiness. TOTW being the best out of the 3.

Does anyone have any suggestions on food for allergy dogs? I' will try anything. The food he is on now the natures balance has nothing in it. We thought we would narrow it down but he is still having issues.

I hate to see him itching constantly. He is very energetic and this does not slow him down but it has to be annoying for him and it bothers me to have to watch it too.

Any help on this topic would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-20-2009, 09:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Kiah did best on Purina Pro Plan Natural Selects Salmon or the Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach brands which were recommended by a breeder. She used the Selects brand for any of her show dogs that had problems and it worked well for Kiah. Its not rated high in dog food analysis but I figured that since she wasn't keeping the other foods down or pooping them all out, she wasn't getting the nutrition she needed. I did add some vitamins to her food.
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Old 01-21-2009, 01:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I am in the SAME boat now. We have been through several foods. It's been a nightmare. Right now we are on a prescription food (not the best food, I know), but we are doing a trial and error run now. We are trying to narrow it down to what ingredient he is actually allergic to. We have been on creams and pills just trying to handle the itchyness. He itches til he bleeds sometimes. Tyson is not allowed any treats or anything that may have a flavor. It stinks. But he only gets is food til we can figure out the problem.
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Old 01-21-2009, 01:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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We had this problem...we're okay now since switching to Merrick. I know every dog is different, some cannot handle grains....I hope it gets worked out soon for you guys....good luck!
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Old 01-21-2009, 01:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Boxers are more susceptible to ingredients such as corn (any form), wheat, brewers yeast, any form of by-products and artificial flavours and colourings (even if it’s natural” – there is no such thing of the word "natural" in pet food). Grains are the most common allergens and arent a good nutritional source for dogs as they are not well designed to digest grains. Try choosing a brand with a lower number of grain & only 1 or 2 different meat proteins. Like chicken and lamb, rather than chicken, turkey, lamb and fish). Pro Plan is great!
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Old 01-25-2009, 02:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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How did the potato/venison work? That one has a very limited ingredient list. My dog has much better GI issues on red meat and no grain so that may be why the TOTW Bison seems to work better than most. What about Wellness Simple Solutions? 1 protein + 1 carbohydrate. Maybe that will help you isolate the allergy better.

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We're having the same problem with Stella...but she absolutely refused to eat any of the Natures Balance......she will not eat fish, venison or anything with sweet potatoes....she looked at me like I had lost my mind!!
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Well we have had Copper on the Natures balance Potato and Duck for about a week now and his allergies have seemed to become less persistent. I will give this food a couple more weeks to see if it indeed has cut down on the ichiness.
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I have been going through this problem myself. I switched everyone to TOTW fish formula and about 4 weeks in my youngest sarted chewing her feet so bad they bled. Instead of putting her back on her previous food, I thought there was no time like the present to switch her to raw. This way I knew exactly what she was eating. Well its been 4 weeks now and the itching has completely stopped \/ Shes happier and so am I.
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Well we have had Copper on the Natures balance Potato and Duck for about a week now and his allergies have seemed to become less persistent. I will give this food a couple more weeks to see if it indeed has cut down on the ichiness.
We feed Nature's Balance Duck & Potato at the kennel for dogs that are sensitive tummys (Colitis) or allergy guys. Seems to do well for them. Someone here already said that most of the time they are allergic to the grains. You might want to try a grain free food? Or if you really want to control what he eats what about switching to raw? We feed raw and our guys are doing great on it.
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