Okay, here's the story. I got our dog, Bailey, from a breed rescue a little over a week ago, he is a German Shorthaired Pointer. I found him on petfinder over a month ago, and emailed the rescue lady, filled out the application, etc. I was told that Bailey was allergic/sensitive to byproducts in food and had to eat a special brand of food w/out byproduts, and other than that he was fine and healthy. The brand the rescue was using was Pet Promise. I was planning on feeding him that, and then switching him over to Natural Balance, because I like their ingredients better. The rescue lady (we'll call her "T") said that would be fine, as NB doesn't have any byproducts.
Anyway, we got Bailey last week, and he had diarreah. I called "T" and she said that it was probably from the stress of the long trip (she had driven him 4 hours to drop him off at her family's house, they live about 45 minutes from me, and I picked him up there). Not to worry. He continued with it, though, and wouldn't eat his food, so I cooked him some lamb and rice, figuring that it would be gentle on him. Well, it worked, and I continued feeding him gentle people food like chicken and lamb and rice, mixed with his food. His stomach seemed fine.........but, he got a terrible red skin rash almost all over, and his hair started falling out! I've been trying to get ahold of "T" since last week, and she hasn't returned phone calls or emails.........not sure why.
Anyway, today I had a lightbulb moment and realized that I have his former vet's phone number, as it's on the RX for his heartguard medication. DH called them and they were extremely informative, and are faxing Bailey's records to DH at work. Turns out that Bailey has SEVERE allergies and skin/stomach issues, and the ONLY type of food that he does okay on is made by Royal Canin (the vet said they used to be called IVP or IDV or something like that), and it's the rabbit formula. The vet was adamant that it was the only food that he will tolerate, they've tried eveything including home cooking and rabbit is the only food that works. He's even been to dermatologists and other specialists.
I did a search for Royal Canin and found their website, but there isn't anything about a dog food made from rabbit; I thought maybe it's one of their vet formulas, but can't tell....I've called local vets and none of them carry Royal Canin brand at all, or have heard of the specific type I was told to get.
I have found canned rabbit by Wysong, I will get some as a last resort, but it's 3.99 a can and he'd need 2-3 a day! There is no way I can afford that!
I'm upset that I wasn't told how extreme his allegies were, T made it seem like no big deal, he just needed a food w/no by products. That's alot different to a dog who is allergic to EVERYTHING and can't even eat a morsel of anything other than the RC rabbit formula w/out getting an all over body rash and/or diahrrea. And if I can't get the food, what am I supposed to do?
Anyone have any advice or know of a dry dog food using rabbit and rice or rabbit and potato?
ETA- Bailey is such an amazing dog, he's so gentle and we love him. I feel so awful for this poor guy, he is so red all over, and I can't do anything about it until I find some food for him. I also am angry because he's been off his dog food since arriving in AZ (he was in FL, and that rescue became overcrowded so they sent him to another rescue in AZ- they flew him here, and that is the rescue I got him from) so it's been three months this poor dog has been suffering!