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After reading Jane's post about allergies and feeding the same foods I began to wonder......
Do you rotate foods or stick with the same? How about brands?
I haven't been rotating-- maybe Oliver and I are just lucky
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From what I've read, a dog can become allergic to a food they've eaten before at any time. They could have eaten chicken for years, then suddenly get an allergy to it. Or, they could immediately get an intolerance to a food. It probably isn't a great idea to give a dog a zillion different protein sources because if they do start with allergy symptoms (itching, digestive problems, etc.), then you won't have many proteins that they've never been exposed to to use for an elimination diet. I don't think varying a few different proteins is a bad idea, but just save several in case you need an elimination diet. The problem is that many kibbles have eggs, fish, chicken, lamb, turkey, etc. all in one kibble. That uses up several protein sources right there. Allergies are the pits, and finding the cause and the right food for your dog can be a headache.

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I rotate alot, especially now, but I did when I fed her kibble, too. I think developing allergies is pretty rare. Alot of dogs are able to eat the same kibble or food for a long time and not have a problem. Is something wrong with Oliver?

I always switched over "picky eater" syndrome! lol

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No but they just discovered his brother is allergic to chicken. His favorite food in the world!

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I stick with the same brand but roate between chicken and beef formulas. I feed the raw diet. I might add lamb and duck soon.





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I feed them the same thing every day twice a day except there are days that I add the yougurt .
I used to give them turkey instead of the chicken but they seem to like chicken best and they seem perkier on the chicken .
I have never given them lamb or beef but I have given them fish and they like that as well ..
chicken is less expensive and as the saying goes if it ain't broke why change it. I do rotate the veggies though . I never give them corn but they love green beans and any kind of squash
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I try not to change food except when there is a definite reason. These guys have a tendency to be picky on their own and I don't really want to add any more reasons for that.

I started with Innova, but had a dog that couldn't tolerate the richness of it, so we moved to Purina Pro Plan, but I had one dog that seemed to get really itchy with it and two that started eating their poop, so we moved to Fromm. We've been with Fromm (Salmon variety) for 10 months (I think) and it has worked great for my crew, so I don't plan on changing again anytime soon.
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On JoAnn's recommendation, I put my guys on the raw. They LOVE it. Stogie had it for the first time tonight and he rolled all over every piece. Goldie who is my picky eater, starts licking her lips when I take it out of the freezer.

Stogies brother has allergies and since Stogie breaks out into scabs easy, Im hoping this solves it.
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Melissa,

What brand of raw are you feeding Stogie and Goldie?

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After reading Jane's post about allergies and feeding the same foods I began to wonder......
Do you rotate foods or stick with the same? How about brands?
I haven't been rotating-- maybe Oliver and I are just lucky
Sally
PS--hope you are doing better Lincoln!!!!
Hi Sally!

I don't see much improvement in Lincoln yet. I think it will take a few weeks, at least

Part of me really wonders if exposing them to different foods can somehow trigger an allergic response. Lincoln's brother was fine on chicken kibble, then switched to lamb, then developed allergies to both chicken and the lamb. Lincoln was fine on chicken kibble, I switched to homecooking (multiple protein sources), then switched back to chicken kibble and I think that is when his allergy surfaced.

I wonder if he would have been fine had I never done the homecooking. Sigh.

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I had just wrote that down for Sally.

Its Northwest Naturals. I am feeding the beef.. just to be safe..
It is raw frozen cubes.
It says Its the "Original Raw Nugget Diet"

I am putting it on Eagle Pack Lamb flavor Kibble. Just a tad of the kibble, and I may go totally to the raw. I want them to have some kibble so they dont freak when other people watch them. I cant send raw food to some of my friends/family or the crazy dog lady alarm goes off.
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