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I agree with Dave, and also with Molly, but have one other suggestion as well that may guide other decisions. It is likely that there is some component of her original food that she just didn't tolerate. Usually it is a protein, but it doesn't have to be. You CAN "get lucky" chasing a limited ingredient diet with a new protein (or one you know agrees with her, like the chicken, but you can also spend a LOT of time guessing with elimination diets. At my vet's suggestion, I had Kodi tested for food sensitivities through Jean Dodd's Nutriscan service, because he was having a LOT of trouble, both with GI problems and with MAJOR itchiness and ear infections, all of which can be food sensitivities.
This helped us develop a a diet that is both nutritionally balanced AND which he tolerates well. About 6 months ago, at 7 1/2, he started having more trouble again, and the vet said it was likely that he was becoming sensitized to the protein he was currently on. (which was duck) We switched him to a limited ingredient turkey diet, and everything has calmed down again. If that hadn't worked, we would have tested him again.
But don't go on any other specific dog's diet. When you are talking about food sensitivities, they are VERY dependent upon the individual. In terms of numbers, many more dogs have problems with poultry than with beef or fish... Kodi has pretty violent reactions to even very small amounts of beef or fish. Fish is the really hard one for us, because they put fish oil in just about every non-L.I. food, and even in some L.I. foods. I would strongly suggest working with a knowledgeable person on this. My preference would be to find a vet who will work with Dr. Dodds with you, then start building an appropriate diet after you have a clear idea what food items need to be avoided.
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