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Food and allergy help!

Hello all! This is my first post! My 5 month old Havanese is not eating his food like he should be. The vet said he should be attacking his food and he is really picky is seems. We have tried Acana and Orijen. We also tried a different kind but he name escapes me (he was allergic to that one because his ears turned red) WHAT IS THE BEST FOOD TO FEED YOUR HAVANESE? I am at a loss. He just picks at it and we only feed him twice a day. He eventually eats it all but its one or two pieces at a time.

ALSO, He keeps itching his eyes. When I pull his eye back, the white part has really red lines. He seems to be squinting a lot and they are really bothering him.

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Welcome welcome. I would check out a vet. The best food is the food that he enjoys and does well on. Get the info on the food you think he reacted to so the vet knows. Stay tuned, tommorow I hope to post an article on Finicky Dogs. Just waiting to get permission to cross post. Need more pics.

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I'm having an allergy issue too.

Oreo seens to be scrathing his ears till they turn red.

Vet thinks it's a food allergy.

We had him on Acana Ranchlands but juct switched to Acana Duck and Bartlett Pear to isolate if it's the red meats giving him allergies.

How long will it take with the new food till we know if he's still allergic?

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My Hav has never attacked food. On his best days, he eats 3 out of 4 meals. Havs just tend to be finicky. If you find a good food for him, give him 20 mins, then take it up. Offer food 2x a day. He won't go more than 1-2 days without eating and he'll learn to eat in a reasonable amount of time. In fact, some Havs are quite adept at training their humans to cater to their every whim as they refuse food until their human adds something special or gives them something different. I wouldn't worry too much about 'attacking' his food.

For allergies, you just need to be observant and always slowly transition your dog to a new brand.
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In my experience my hav is NOT at all 'finicky' or picky and I think most people actually encourage picky eating by catering to them and changing thier food. Pick the best quality food you can afford and have access to and stick with it!!

My hav, Tillie would have been considered a "picky eater"... we kept her on the food her breeder was feeding her (Taste of the Wild, prarie formula) when we brought her home, but she would never eat very much, just a few kibbles here a few there, really, just enough to survive... when she was 9 months old she started having these very odd 'sores' on her neck and head, 3 weeks later these sores encrusted the backs of her ear flaps and I HAD to take her to the vet. He did scrapings, checked for mites, etc, then he suggested doing a blood draw because he was pretty sure this was food related.
Turns out Tillie is actually allergic to 90% of what was IN her food all those months!! SO, personally I think she is VERY smart, she wasn't being picky she was trying to survive by eating the least she could of the very things that were harming her!!

I HIGHLY recommend looking into doing a consult with Sabine (Dave can you post the link?). I decided to home cook for Tillie mainly because I did NOT want to deal with switching foods so many times trying to find 'the right one' and never knowing for sure if I was doing the best thing for her. Besides, over the years homecooking has proved MUCH more affordable for me than the high quality, limited ingredient kibble or canned.

Some people may (mistakenly) think that I am "catering" to my dog because I home cook for her, BUT people need to understand that I cook once a week, NOT every day. I give her the EXACT same thing day in and day out with very little variation. JUST like people who feed kibble.
AND people need to understand that in MY situation she was NOT being 'picky' or trying to work me, she truly had problems that she could not solve on her own and she NEEDED me to take care of her.
fyi, Tillie is allergic to: oats, chicken, turkey, duck, carrots, berries, FISH, green beans, peas, soy, corn, apples, tomatoes, rabbit, barley... those are just the top few ...
if you want more info pm me.

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I feed my puppy Castor and Pollux puppy food that is grain free. He has never shown any allergy signs and scarfs his food down every meal. They also make an adult food that is both poultry and grain free and it is made in the USA. I have a Westie that has bad food allergies. He is on Natural Balance duck and potato and still has allergy symptoms. I tried switching to a different food, but it made it worse. He will be seeing a specialist soon Good luck with your pup!
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I'll add my pup does eat most of his meals within 10 mins now and finishes it all - except for the occasional meal he skips. He's never had any allergy symptoms; his weight has maintained perfectly for the last year. He does have a sensitive stomach, and will skip on days he's had a car ride (he still gets nausea).

I didn't mean to imply that those that cook are catering to their dogs. I just meant that people tend to add cheese or change brands if their Hav shows some hesitation or skips 1 meal to try to make it more enticing and head down path where the pup is training them.
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Wow!

Thank you all!!! I appreciate it! He's going to the vet today about his eyes! Poor little guy!
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How did it go at the Vet? Do you have a diagnosis for ____ ? What is your puppy's name?

And, by the way, we would like to see more pictures of him, please.



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In my experience my hav is NOT at all 'finicky' or picky and I think most people actually encourage picky eating by catering to them and changing thier food. Pick the best quality food you can afford and have access to and stick with it!!

My hav, Tillie would have been considered a "picky eater"... we kept her on the food her breeder was feeding her (Taste of the Wild, prarie formula) when we brought her home, but she would never eat very much, just a few kibbles here a few there, really, just enough to survive... when she was 9 months old she started having these very odd 'sores' on her neck and head, 3 weeks later these sores encrusted the backs of her ear flaps and I HAD to take her to the vet. He did scrapings, checked for mites, etc, then he suggested doing a blood draw because he was pretty sure this was food related.
Turns out Tillie is actually allergic to 90% of what was IN her food all those months!! SO, personally I think she is VERY smart, she wasn't being picky she was trying to survive by eating the least she could of the very things that were harming her!!

I HIGHLY recommend looking into doing a consult with Sabine (Dave can you post the link?). I decided to home cook for Tillie mainly because I did NOT want to deal with switching foods so many times trying to find 'the right one' and never knowing for sure if I was doing the best thing for her. Besides, over the years homecooking has proved MUCH more affordable for me than the high quality, limited ingredient kibble or canned.

Some people may (mistakenly) think that I am "catering" to my dog because I home cook for her, BUT people need to understand that I cook once a week, NOT every day. I give her the EXACT same thing day in and day out with very little variation. JUST like people who feed kibble.
AND people need to understand that in MY situation she was NOT being 'picky' or trying to work me, she truly had problems that she could not solve on her own and she NEEDED me to take care of her.
fyi, Tillie is allergic to: oats, chicken, turkey, duck, carrots, berries, FISH, green beans, peas, soy, corn, apples, tomatoes, rabbit, barley... those are just the top few ...
if you want more info pm me.
GREAT STUFF , Tammy.

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