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Tess has serious allergies but after a year we've determined they are environmental, not food. Like Lilly, she has chronic ear infections.
How does your vet know Lilly has food allergies? I spent the money to have the blood test done for allergies that my regular vet offered - wasn't worth the money (around $200). I've now spent the last year taking Tess to a veterinarian allergist who did, among other things, the skin prick test (also probably not worth the money - around $2,500). (The allergist said the blood test is not very accurate and neither the blood test nor skin prick test can determine food allergies.)
Basically, to determine if Tess had food allergies we had to do an elimination diet. The intent was to have her on ostrich, oatmeal and peas for about 4 months and then to start introducing foods, very slowly, one at a time, to determine what, if anything, she was allergic to.
Tess was losing too much weight because she didn't like my cooking (she refused to eat the oatmeal and peas) so we switched her to the Science Diet Ultra Z/D - I fed her the kibble and canned. The vet did not recommend keeping her on this diet permanently (because it's not well balanced) but it wasn't harmful for the 8 months she was on it.
Determining what your dog is allergic to is a very frustrating process and just as frustrating is finding a solution.
Jill - Tess & Cody's mom