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Nutriscan results

We did the nutriscan test for Merry. As you may remember she was itching and nibbling her knees to the point she had no more hair on her knees.
We decided to stop “feathers” while waiting for results.
She didn’t have any major significant reactions, but several weak reactions — to chicken and turkey and a few other things. Chicken used to be a big part of her diet. Even though the reactions were weak, for her it may have been enough to trigger a reaction.

It’s been almost 2 months that she’s been off the chicken and turkey and her hair has come back on her knees.

I noticed she was still getting the eye boogers. And it was always after grooming. And then I figured that out. I was using a chicken flavored toothpaste. So I’ve switched that and that’s much better now too.

She is also eating much better. Much less picky. She’s still having a little tummy trouble from time to time. Tests have been negative but vet just gave her medication used when positive for parasites and other similar problems and she’s doing better.

Just wanted to update you about her results. I don’t think she needs cytopoint shots at this point.
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Glad to hear that she is doing better. Molly has had her share of tummy issues and she is also “off the feathers”. It has helped her a lot and I hope Merry continues to do good as well.

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Is poultry bad for dogs in general?
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That is good news, hope it continues.

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Is poultry bad for dogs in general?
I don't think it's bad in general - most dog foods use it, so we'd hear more if it was a general problem... but it seems like Havs do sometimes have sensitivities to it.

I took Perry off chicken a while ago, but I can't say I see much difference (he wasn't that itchy before... and definitely no change in the eye issues). He may have sensitivities to something else - haven't checked officiall.

Yesterday though he was really really itchy... so bath time today to see if that helps, no idea what might have triggered it since nothing has changed in his diet.
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Skye gets a lot of chicken. Chicken and Salmon frozen raw is his main diet. I alternate that with lamb frozen raw. I use small bits of chicken breast as training treats. Mostly because that is much cheaper than any of the commercial treats that he will eat. He is thriving on that diet with no indications of any bad reactions. Our holistic vet cautioned me about beef. He said he sees more dietary related problems in small dogs with beef than any other animal protein source.
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Cassie seemed to get ichy and mild digestive issues (periodic soft poops) more often than we liked sometime after she turned 3. She had been on “feathers” food (chicken and turkey) since birth, but after talking with vet who said that it could be food related and that dogs may develop problems over time even if they were fine initially. We switched her to fish based diet (white fish or salmon, limited ingredients) and she has been almost free of both since last Thanksgiving. In researching the issue, I did find lots of articles indicating that chicken can be a problem for many dogs. But there are other things in many dog foods that also can cause reactions so I am not 100% sure it is the linited ingredient (i.e. no corn etc) or getting off chicken that helped us. Also, you have to read labels very carefully...I bought some highly recommended foods only to find that although labeled fish, they had chicken broth or something chicken related.

This dog food thing is one that is far more complex than I ever thought. Getting one that works for you is key, as every dog, even within the same breed, is different.
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I thought it was duck for my dog, but somewhere along the line I realized there was duck in the food I had rotated back in and he was doing great. Then I noticed he sometimes gets diarrhea from treats with duck, which is sad because he LOVES them. I’ve started to wonder if it’s not the protein source itself but maybe another common ingredient pairing.
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Thanks to you all for responding about the poultry. I've been concentrating on learning about socialization, grooming, and training. I guess I have plenty of time to learn about diet... 2023 is a long way off!
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My vet said the top 3 food allergens for dogs are beef, dairy and chicken. We gave Merry very minimal beef and so we didn’t think that was the problem, and had already noticed she had some issues with dairy. So I decided to cut the chicken even before we got the nutriscan results back. They are probably the top allergens because they are also so common. I also had heard many Havis seem sensitive to chicken.
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