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Help with allergies and starting elimination diet!

The vet said that Una probably has allergies given the symptoms I described: chewing feet and nails, scratching body,face and ears. She has no redness anywhere, no skin problems (although see does tear a lot and sneezes).
I have emailed Sabine and am awaiting a reply. In the mean time, what do I do? I want to get started right away getting her off what ever it is that's making her so uncomfortable, but she's such a picky eater, and when you eliminate beef and chicken, what's left except more "exotic" meats which, as I've read in this forum, one should hold off on as a last ditch option.
I really am at my wits end and don't know what to do. Any advise would np be most welcome.
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Have you tried any of the dehydrated raw/freeze dried raw/frozen raw foods yet?

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I feed Emmie commercial raw food - ZiwiPeak moist dog food in the morning and ZiwiPeak air dried dog food in the evening. It's working very well for her, no itching or loose stools.
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Sorry, I forgot to say what I have been feeding her: frozen raw beef bits with a bit of non-grain kibble twice daily. The kibble I switch every couple month, incliding Nature Valley and blue buff small dog (which she doesn't seem to like, not that she loves kibble--I've tried lots of kinds). Also, she will not eat canned wet, no matter what brand or ingredients. I will occasionally give her human chicken or beef from our meals.
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Grandma Lucy's makes a single protein lamb dehydrated food - it SMELLS terrific and the dogs seem to like it - K9naturals has a freeze dried lamb food that I add, again it SMELLS terrific. Try one protein at a time - lamb is the easy one to start with.

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And if you want a dry food, Nature's Variety makes a single protein lamb grain free kibble.

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FWIW, I get frozen raw meat/bone from BlueRidgeBeef.com - Halle adores the chicken, but doesn't like beef. Who would have thought? I mix the raw meat with Honest Kitchen dehydrated raw food, and sometimes a few others like the K9Natural.

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The vet said that Una probably has allergies given the symptoms I described: chewing feet and nails, scratching body,face and ears. She has no redness anywhere, no skin problems (although see does tear a lot and sneezes).
I have emailed Sabine and am awaiting a reply. In the mean time, what do I do? I want to get started right away getting her off what ever it is that's making her so uncomfortable, but she's such a picky eater, and when you eliminate beef and chicken, what's left except more "exotic" meats which, as I've read in this forum, one should hold off on as a last ditch option.
I really am at my wits end and don't know what to do. Any advise would np be most welcome.
Try the California natural Pure and simple or feed raw. Are you sure its not fleas ? I thought mine had skin issues and then I found a flea.

Maddie at 5mo old

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Maddie had the itches when she was about 4mo old. I had gotten to the point where I had an appointment with a dogie dermatologist. That was after three skin scrapings looking for mites. Mites are hard to detect sometimes and can take more than one skin scraping. My vet said she waits for food allergies last and looks into other factors first. It was determined that she had a seasonal allergy.he must have out grown it or maybe it was a reaction to flea medication I have no idea. But food was never her problem.

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good for you for reaching out to Sabine, . If it's food related her method will help figure it out. I swear dogs are worse off than thirty years ago , when it comes to allergies.

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