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Other doggy topics => General dog chat => Topic started by: DannyB on Dec 10, 2020, 13:35
Hello, I'm new to this forum so hope this is the right place to post this query.
I have posted on the oesophageal reflux site for my concerns regarding my four year old standard poodle Douglas . As part of my ongoing investigations into how to help my boy I've looked at sensitivities and allergies. I wondered if anyone has tried the DNA test ? and if so was it of any use. I'm struggling to know where to start with a novel protein source for Douglas as he has been tried over the years with all sorts of meat to try and ease the problems. He also regularly finds himself dead rabbits to eat as I live in a rural area.
I think venison and kangaroo are the only ones I can definitely say I haven't tried over the years. I wondered if excluding some specific food stuffs might help or am I better with trial and error?
Any response would be much appreciated
Hello, does your dog have any other symptoms other than those of the reflux? I am not sure that allergies would be responsible for causing reflux although certain foods may exacerbate the symptoms just like with humans.
Generally the only way to see if anything causes a reaction is to find foods with the least amount of ingredients possible in and see if there is an improvement. Once you feel there are no symptoms, you can start adding foods one at a time to access if any cause a reaction. All treats should be avoided while you do this.
I haven't had experience with testing so can't really comment on that but from what I have read, it has its limitations.
I can’t advise about blood or skin testing for allergies as I have no experience of them. I have heard anecdotally that they are not reliable. A well planned exclusion/elimination diet should help to pinpoint food intolerances if there are any.
If you are going to try a home cooked elimination diet I think it is important to get professional advice about it because this is not short term and you want the meals to be balanced and to include the correct additives. There are some links in the home cooking for dogs section.