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    Actually, it is most likely not artifical additives either Pugger, but protein. Dogs with diet related allergies are most commonly affected by chicken and beef, both protein soruces.

    Hence why when you are testing for a diet related allergy, you remove all soruces of protein that have ever been fed to the dog before and only feed one that they have never had (this is termed a 'novel' protein').
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dagmar Scherer View Post
    Carbs are well known to trigger allergies and many are often used as cheap fillers in dog food. If I had an allergic dog, I would just avoid feeding carbs for a while and see, if the dog is improving.
    Rubbish. Carbs are not well known to cause allergies. You are making statements that are misleading and wrong.

    Yes, it could be another reason, finding the cause for an allergy is hard work and my approach is usually excluding all possible allergens and if the dog is then ok, one can slowly introduce one at a time and see what happens. This way you find out what causes the allergy.
    You show a distinct lack of knowledge of the immune response of the canine, so determining causes of allergic reactions for you would be based on luck. As a basis for finding out what was wrong with my dog, I'd rather someone who uses scientific knowledge then guesswork and luck.


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    Hi Anne

    I had a brief look. If you are into telepathic communication with your dog and a whole lot of other stuff that has had zero scientific research to back it up, then Dagmar is your girl. Snake oil and charm.

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    I have a 3.5 yr old wolfhound x that developed severe allergys at about 1yr old. We have tried pretty much everything you could think of including worming, flea treatment, changing the diet, cortisol steroids, shampoos, injections, creams wipes etc. Also lots of Antibiotics to clear up infection sites (normally his nipples and his paws).

    We had a little success with Advance sensitive skin food. I think its based on Tuna, but not enough to say it had cleared up. the large price tag is also a put off! He also gets temporary comfort from putting oats in a stocking, soaking in warm water and dabbing it on his effect areas.

    Last week we started him on the BARF diet. If you google BARF diet by Ian Billinghurst you should get the info on it( ITs pretty much raw products, meaty bones veg etc). I bought the book and it is a very interesting read. We have noticed a definite improvement in his skin in the first week so will be sure to let you know how he goes on it.(its also sooooooooooo much cheaper!!) Hope you find a cause and cure soon, poor doggie!

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