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Our pup is exhibiting the classic signs for allergies (feet chewing, licking, scratching until he pulls out hair, etc.). We switched his food to Wellness Simple Food Solutions Duck so we've gotten rid of many "extra" ingrediants in his diet. For some reason today it dawned on me that I've heard wheat can be a common allergy in dogs. Sure enough, Greenies contain wheat and he eats some Greenies Lil Bits on his food every morning.<br><br>
Anyone have some ideas for dog treats without wheat in them? The company that makes Wellness has wheat as an ingrediant in every version of treats listed on their website. We've got a good high quality pet food store that we pick up his food from, but they are an hour away so I'm trying to do find some options to find out if they have them before spending $25 in gas running to the store.<br><br>
Any suggestions? TIA.
 

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My dog started scratching himself a lot more after I started giving him Greenies, so I stopped. Too bad for him, he really loved those things and would savor them for hours, carrying it around the house. It was really cute but I'm 100% sure that he's allergic to them. Sure enough, like you, I checked the ingredients and there's wheat in them.<br><br>
He LOVES the freeze dried chicken breast treats made by Dogswell, they're $$ but it's just chicken ( it looks like jerky) and it's infused with different vitamins depending upon which kind you buy. They have different ones for shiny coat, joint health, bad breath and a general one called "Vitality" (that's the one we get).<br><br>
It's hard to find good treats that don't have a lot of additives, fillers and artificial flavors/colors. I highly recommend the ones I mentioned above, it's really just a piece of dried chicken.<br><br>
HTH!
 

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You can make your own, there are recipes for dog biscuits all over the web. If the dog will eat carrots they make an excellent healthy treat, also, rice cakes--the mini ones work great. You can take canned food from the type you're feeding and freeze it then slice it and bake it until hard in the oven.<br>
There are actually LOTS of options available now for hypoallergenic treats.
 

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I am having this problem. Please keep in touch because I'd like to hear how your dogs are doing. We also had to switch our dog to wellness brand duck and deer..we use both. It took awhile but I do notice a difference. Then I incorporated the following:<br><br>
*Animals' Apawthecary Detox Blend has burdock in it for skin issues<br>
*Dream Coat - Awesome stuff. My dog's coat began to really show an improvement in growing nice colored hair back.<br><br>
both I got from this place:<br><br><a href="http://shop.robbinspetcare.com/index.html" target="_blank">http://shop.robbinspetcare.com/index.html</a><br><br>
You will most likely want the 4oz. detox blend...it's cheaper than buying the smaller ones at 1oz or so and it doesn't last as long.<br><br>
I give them two treat meals a day. The morning one has the detox blend (and astralagus) and I mix that with some yogurt and cottage cheese. the evening one is just peanut butter and I mix that with dreamcoat. I heard you want to watch out giving too much other food or medications with oils like dreamcoat because the oil coats the stomach and makes things less absorbable.<br><br><br>
I just now am adding astralagus to help support the immune system and you can order that from a few places. I ordered it from here:<br><br><a href="http://www.herbsforkids.com/product.asp?productid=351" target="_blank">http://www.herbsforkids.com/product.asp?productid=351</a><br><br>
For treats, I have noticed a good treat is to find a fruit or veggie they like. Chop them up and put them in a baggie in the fridge. Instant wonderful treats. No baking required or funky ingredients to buy and cheap! I dropped some veggies on the floor and couldn't believe how they were eating it up like they do treats.<br><br>
I'm not sure how you feel about vaccinations but once you have a dog with skin allergies, it is recommended by holistic vets to stop all topical drugs (like flea stuff..I had to take my dogs off advantage) and also to stop vaccinations (they have toxic things in them that could be contributing to the problem of atopy). The dreamcoat has garlic oil that should help with the flea issue. I also boiled up some lemons and put it in a sprayer with a few drops of lavender and occasionally spray their coat with it and their beds. Apple cider vinegar is also good for skin issues I hear (and fleas hate it!)..so I am incorporating that into their diet..1/4th tsp in their morning meal but I may take them off of this for a bit just to troubleshoot some more.<br><br>
Skin allergies are a sign of something going awry with their immune system. Man I've done so much reading on this stuff it is scary hehe and it is sad that this is such a huge moneymaker for vets. I at first took my dog to the vet to eliminate the fact if it was mange, worms, mites, thyroid and a bunch of other things health wise. Once those were ruled out, he just wasn't sure what to tell me but to troubleshoot. I did put the dog on some antibiotic/prednisone route and it did help but omg the price was crazy because you have to take months of antibiotic..not only 10 days worth. This forced me to look at the problem more holistically and I'm atleast making headway.<br><br><br>
Here is a good board that helped me troubleshoot this issue with my dog:<br><br><a href="http://forums.drweil.com/drwHolisticPet/" target="_blank">http://forums.drweil.com/drwHolisticPet/</a><br><br>
here is my post specifically:<br><br><a href="http://forums.drweil.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=drwHolisticPet&msg=2153.1&maxT=5" target="_blank">http://forums.drweil.com/n/mb/messag...=2153.1&maxT=5</a><br><br>
So you can see the wonderful advice I got. The symptoms sound familiar? lol<br><br>
Things are not perfect, her sores are getting better and healing (which they weren't doing before the food change)...but they are not gone and I noticed a few new ones..so have no idea if it is because of adding acv or vit c powder to her diet. Going to stop that for now and see how it goes with the other stuff I listed above. This is SOO frustrating but I think you are on the right track with the food anyway.
 

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Thanks for the replies. Keegan absolutely loves carrots so I picked up a 5 lb bag last night and I'll prep some for the two of us and he'll get those as treats. For some reason he won't eat breakfast unless I put treats on his food. The rest of the day he is fine to eat whenever he gets hungry.<br><br>
I've talked to the vet about adding in some supplements she has cautioned me because Kee is such a small dog. He's a tall miniature poodle but he only weighs about 8.5 lbs so he's tricky to work with. I am worried about adding too much "extra" stuff and having him start refusing his dog food. On the other hand, we're starting crate training this week (he can be pretty destructive when home alone) so we need some good treats that we can put into a Kong to keep him occupied while we are gone.<br><br>
I'm thankful that his only real issues are the chewing and licking of his feet and the yeast in his ears. I'll go ahead and discontinue the Frontline we have been using (we found 5 fleas on him over a weekend about 2 months ago) and give him a good bath tonight. We had been rinsing him off every night to remove allergens and just using baking soda as a shampoo about once a month.<br><br>
Thank you all so much for your help. We've been battling his allergies since we picked him up from the rescue group in May. He's definately starting to get better but I'm hoping we can get the issues to calm down even more to make him more comfortable.<br><br>
ETA: Thanks Shannon for the idea about freezing the canned food and baking. I bet he would love that. I'll look up some dog biscuit recipes to see what we can cook up this weekend.
 

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Believe it or not, peanut butter is THE thing to put in those <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> . My dogs used to beg for them..hmm..I probably should start doing it again.<br><br><br>
Old mother hubbard has some natural treats if you are looking for something more formal. You'll want to look at the variety and make sure there aren't any grains in them since those cause allergies.<br><br>
Don't worry about trying new things and turning him away from his food. The dog will eat around things hehe. My dog's skin allergies started with licking the feet so I hope that is as far as it goes with yours. You may want to definitely try the dreamcoat though. It is good for feet licking as it has oils that help with allergies. Dr. Weil's site has some good threads on this specific issue.<br><br>
Frontline is among the worst. This is how dangerous it is and I bet you will breathe a sigh of relief that you are discontinuing it:<br><br><a href="http://www.beyondpesticides.org/infoservices/pesticidefactsheets/toxic/FIPRONIL.HTM" target="_blank">http://www.beyondpesticides.org/info...c/FIPRONIL.HTM</a><br><br>
When I began to read this stuff, I couldn't believe I was putting it on my dog and had no clue how bad it was.
 

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I'm assuming I can put my natural peanut butter in the kongs, right? How do you know which Kong is right for your dog? Kee is an 8.5 lb miniature poodle but he can chew like no one's business. I'm thinking a medium black would work best for him but might start with a small black until he gets used to it.<br><br>
I think I'll hold off on the Dream Coat for awhile. It lists wheatgerm oil as an ingredient and I'm suspecting a wheat allergy so I'm trying to eliminate any "wheat" ingredient and see how that affects his chewing.<br><br>
Thank you all so much for your help. We are headed to the "city" tomorrow for a doctor's appointment for me and DH will need something to do while I'm at my appointment so I've made him a list of things to look for at the premium pet food store. They should have a few of the things I'm looking for.
 

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We just bought Wellness treats with no wheat last weekend.<br><br><a href="http://www.omhpet.com/dogs/wellness_detail.asp?pCode=trtDogWbarFshSwtPot" target="_blank">http://www.omhpet.com/dogs/wellness_...gWbarFshSwtPot</a><br><br>
Be careful with the peanut butter. My girlie is allergic, not anaphylactic, but she starts licking her paws and she gets the runs if she has any.<br><br>
Kimberly
 
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