Based on your opinion what should I feed my highly allergic dog. Should I feed NB duck and potato formula or Innova Evo? I feed my dog Premium Edge Salmon formula and I give missing link. My dog still looks bad. He has been on the food for several months and there has been remarkable improvement but I want him to be in better shape. Please help.
Like Riley said, it depends on what your dog is allergic to. If it's duck, then you are outta luck! HOWEVER, i have been feeding Natural Balance Duck and Potato for about 2 months and Beulah looks BEAUTIFUL. She had red skin on her belly that hadn't cleared up in a year, and it is now changing colors and getting flaky and healing wonderfully! So, i am a fan of the food. Beulah doesn't love it. It's weird. BUT, she was eating canned prior to this and I think she's just being a brat!
I can't feed a raw diet. I am too busy. I fed him raw but it took up too much of my time and was also very costly since he needs a lot of meat. He is 110 lbs. He has food and environmental allergies. The Premium Edge reduced shedding and the missing link helped him even more but he still looks bad compared to my other dogs.
Our dog had some type of allergies and scratched all the time. She's done great on the Natural Balance food, hair has filled in, rare to itch. I tried nupro on someone's recommendation and it gave her the worst diarrhea ever. But I've heard it's great for some dogs.
If your dog has food allergies then a Natural Balance - single protein, single carb source should help. For environmental allergies, like my Roxie has then no food is going to help really..check with your vet but a Claritan pill once a day may help. Has done wonders for Roxie, no more prednisone.
Your dog has both issues...stay away from Evo..I love the food, use it myself but it's a blend of protein sources you need to single them out.
Use a duck, venison or fish formula let your dog decide what it likes. But again make sure it's a single protein, single carb.
And again, check with your vet about an environmental allergy pill to see if it is right for your dog.
If you do not know EXACTLY what your dog is allergic to, I would stop feeding missing link. There is a lot of stuff in there that they dont' HAVE to have that could be causing a problem. Stick to one protein, one food, nothing else for a while and see what happens. No supplements, no gravy, etc.. that add extra ingredients.
I agree you'll need to stop feeding missing link. I also wanted to say what we've been through... Baxter was born in April of 05, we brought him home in July, and other than red back paws, he seemed fine. As time went by and he got all his puppy shots/neutering, as well as being brought home with kennel cough (meds for that) the back paw chewing got worse and worse.....then he started pulling the hair out on his back legs, then his front legs...until he looks pretty dang goofy! We tried benadryl, cortisone injections, prenisone He came home on puppy chow (yuck) I switched him to nutro natural balance, no change except now on top of allergies he was eating his poop...switched to royal canin, allergies seemed worse....canned prescription food (because of a blockage of rawhide) then finally natural balance potato/duck. All the while we saw little if any improvement, finally someone mentioned that their dog tested allergic to carrots and I realized that was the ONE constant through everything we tried. I took carrots out of his diet and....improvement within days. We have changed NOTHING....fall is here/approaching and guess what? Baxter has bald spots on his legs, he digs his face until it's bloody, I've caught him recently chewing his feet as well. So while yes he does have food allergies, it's also clear he has environmental allergies. So if the foods dont work completely, start looking at the seasons....