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My poor dog has allergies. Nothing overly severe, but it enough that she is constantly licking at her feet and seems to have itchy ears. I have an ointment for the ears that seems to help, and giving her benedryl (with vet's okay) also helps, but I don't really like giving her the benedryl. And the ointment is a bit pricey.<br><br>
After doing some research and reading, I think I may have narrowed it down to environment and / or food. The one common link between the two is corn. the house sits on what used to be a corn field just a few years ago, and much of the commercial dog foods have corn in them.<br><br>
I try to feed her the more natural foods, without any preservatives, but there is still the corn factor. Also, she very very rarely gets anything resembling a table scrap, except the occasional bit of scrambled egg when I have some, so I don't really worry on that front.<br><br>
The sticky lists a lot of natural foods. Are there any recommendations on which ones your own doggies seem to like? Or that you have had luck with?<br><br>
Other then the itchy feet and ears, she is a healthy dog. The vet thinks if I can get the allergy under control it will also help with the anal gland issues she has.<br><br>
Any recommendations?
 

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My first dog, Jake, had terrible allergies. He licked his feet raw. We ended up putting him on a rice and lamb diet. Didn't work. Ended up feeding him a raw diet and it worked more than anything else we'd tried, but my dad refused to continue it. He thought dogs should eat dog food. Ugh!! It's worth giving a try.
 

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A raw diet? I'll look into it. Thanks.<br><br>
But it does sound kind of gross. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Link in my signature for raw diet. Also, what is she eating right now, brand-wise? Even if you don't switch to raw we may be able to find you a better food.
 

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Right now it's Pedigree Lamb and Rice. (I now know commercial DF isn't the best stuff.) She seems to like it, but she definitely likes the "wet" foods better. Which should have been a clue, but sometimes I can be oh so very dense. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/whistling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="whistle"><br><br>
I just really started researching alternative diets recently.<br><br>
And tonight I (finally) made the connection between the natural oatmeal shampoo I use to bathe her and her lack of itching. And that is only because she managed to find a very fresh pile of doggie doo that someone let their dog leave on my front yard and rolled in it. Immediate bath for that offense (and she hates baths). But she will probably be back to the itching tomorrow or Monday.<br><br>
I've tried a few of the "natural" pet foods, and there was one organic kibble one she really really liked. Of course I can't find it again, and I can't remember the name of it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"><br><br>
Have I ever mentioned that I can be really dense? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
I'll check out your link. Thanks!
 

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This is timely since i noticed my doggie was licking and scratching all day and night for the last two nights. We are 100% sure he has no fleas. I was wondering about food too.<br><br>
He is on Science Diet puppy small bites and 1/2 a can of science diet puppy chicken wet food (he had worms and needs it for meds but I am cool with some wet food anyway).<br><br>
You can give people benedryl to a dog?
 

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California Natural has always worked great for my allergy prone dogs. I highly recommend that, and also a fatty acid supplement, the missing link is one i love. You can do fish oil, too.<br><br>
Also, Pedigree is SO bad that you will probably notice a difference even by switching to a food with no corn. I used to always tell people Sensible choice, but they don't make that anymore. Try cal. natural if you can find it. The best think would be to get out the corn asap. Duh- just saw that you are doing a lamb & rice already, which shouldn't have any corn. But check the label, anyway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I actually found a pet store in Plano that sells frozen raw! It's nature's variety. They have a couple of others, but while surfing the web way too late last night and this morning, I read good things about them. So, Saidy and I took a drive to go pick some up. I also grabbed a couple of cans of their Homestyle from the prairie canned food. There are oils, meat, veggies, vitamins, but nothing I can't really pronounce.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:<br><br>
I picked up the frozen rabbit medallions. The entire list of ingredients: rabbit raw ground rabbit bone, pork fat, pork liver, pork heart, apples, carrots, butternut squash ground flax seed, chicken eggs, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, dried kelp apple cider vinegar, parsley, honey, salmon oil, olive oil, blueberries (?), alfalfa sprouts, persimmons, duck eggs, pheasant eggs, quail eggs, inulin, rosemary, sage, clove.<br><br>
That's it! No multi-syllabic chemicals that I'm not sure of. I am stoked. And the lady at the store really seemed to know what she was talking about. She also feeds her dog nature's variety. We talked about the best way to groom Saidy's coat, other supplements that may help. It was such a refreshing change from no one really knowing anything and just ringing me up without comment about anything.<br><br>
I now need to let tomorrow's meal thaw out. I am so hopeful that this will help her.<br><br>
Now what to do with the bag of kibble I have.
 

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Well, I gave Saidy her first Rabbit Medallions just a few minutes ago for her dinner. Each of them are about one ounce and she got 5. (She'll get a total of 9-10 per day).<br><br>
She proceeded to gingerly pick each one up out of her bowl, look at me, then run out the dog door and eat it in the back yard. She did that with each one.<br><br>
I thought I would share and say thank you for all the great advice. I think she is really going to like her new diet.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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Good for you!<br><br>
You should be aware that Nature's Variety is WAY expensive. If that's OK with you, GREAT. It is a good diet. But if you find that it's breaking the bank to the point that you want to switch, I can give you some other brands or suggestions.<br><br>
I strongly suspect that in two weeks she won't even look like the same dog.
 
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