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It’s a shame your vet doesn’t hold out much hope for the blood tests. I’d still be in the dark about my dog &  getting stressed about it all as I’d never have guessed storage mites (found in grains and kibble) would have been in the list of things to avoid. For us, the blood tests were money well spent...we had insurance that covered it. In the long run I guess we’ve saved money as we’ve had less vet bills and not so much wasted dog food. Maybe you can speak to your vet again or see a different one at the practice to see if they have any alternative suggestions if they don’t think a blood test will help.

Have you had the allergy blood tests done? I know they are pricey but it sounds to me as if it would be money well spent. I own a dog with allergies. Whilst undergoing tests ruling out yeast infections etc... before having the allergy test done, I was told to try a single source diet, limited ingredients etc... I duly did this but still no change and I convinced myself he was allergic to rice and brewers yeast. Turns out he wasn’t! The blood tests showed he was allergic to beef pork lamb turkey, maize, storage mites and house dust mites! I can manage the food side of his allergies no problem but dust mites are everywhere, even in the cleanest of houses so I do the best I can. He still gets ill on occasion - bad skin, ear infections, anal gland issues, hot spots, runny bums etc.. but I’ve accepted that I can’t cure him, I can just look after him as best I can. I guess what I am saying is, the allergies may not be all down your dogs food and treats, there may be environmental ones too that will cause similar reactions  and rather than waste money trying every food brand on the planet (been there, done that) , stick to a limited ingredient food and get the test done. I hope you figure it out, I know just how stressful a time this is for you

My dog has a grade one luxating patella which doesn’t really affect him day to day with walking providing I don’t let him run around like a loon too much (he’s a spaniel so not always that easy). But he does get grumpy with other dogs, especially puppies who I think are just too much for him when he’s feeling sore. I’ve just started him on Kater4K9 joint supplements and there has been a marked improvement in his tolerance levels with other dogs. He now wants to play much more and doesn’t get snappy when young pups get too much for him. I’m putting it down to the supplement making him feel better. It also works out cheaper than Yumove once the treatment dose has been given. They are on Facebook and website is

Dog treats / Re: Healthy dental chews?
« on: Apr 17, 2019, 22:03 »
My dog likes Whimzees. They come in different shapes and sizes depending on the size of your dog, Their website is very informative about what size to give your dog

Dog foods / Re: Suggestions to stop sloppy poos!
« on: Apr 08, 2019, 21:16 »
I too believe in high praise/treat but have you considered using part of the daily allowance of food as treats? Chicken and the like then become a powerful treat and not a treat to be expected at all times.

Dog foods / Re: Suggestions to stop sloppy poos!
« on: Apr 07, 2019, 22:36 »
Hi. I’ve experienced this problem over time with my dog. My problem seems to be linked to over feeding. I had many problems when he was a pup but I know now that whilst I was feeding him an ok amount of food, the treats to reward good behaviour took his food intake way over his daily requirements and thus he had a good poop first thing but then they got progressively worse. I’ve since discovered he has numerous allergies too and these don’t help as when he gets a flare up, he gets a runny bum. He’s now on Akela  (nearly 5 years old) and doing well on it. But I don’t feed him much at all. He weighs 17kg, is very active but only has 160g per day which I reduce further if he’s had lots of treats. Have you contacted Akela to discuss your problem? I have always found them very helpful.

General discussion / Re: Help! Finding the perfect food
« on: Aug 02, 2018, 19:56 »
I haven’t tried Eden as he’s allergic to most flavours but I’ve tried Tribal and Akela. Tribal was good ... poops excellent but he still had dry flaky skin. Since moving him to Akela his skin is starting to clear up, his fur is getting softer and his poops are still good so I would personally say Akela for my dog but I do acknowledge what is good for one isn’t necessarily good for another.

General discussion / Re: Help! Finding the perfect food
« on: Aug 01, 2018, 23:09 »
My dog has many allergies (food & enviromental) and he has problems with his anal glands and ears plus ,flaky skin. I’ve just started him on Akela fish feast. His skin is starting to clear up, his poops are fab and I’m hopeful for his ears and bottom problems ( Rome was ‘t built in a day!). Akela have 4 flavours, duck being one of them. I tried my dog on AATU and it was too rich for him so I was doubtful that an 80:20 food would suit him but within the first few days of being on Akela his runny poops cleared up. They are very reasonably priced too and delivery is excellent too

Dog foods / Re: Help! - Beagle with atopic dermatitis
« on: Mar 11, 2018, 08:37 »
Thanks Anita....I'll give that a try sometime but I am rather impressed with Tribal. He doesn't eat mud or grass anymore and his poops are great. I need to give the food a good go, on month 2 now but I might just try the sardines or mackerel for a treat. He has chicken wings already along with Soopa chew sticks. He's one pampered pooch!!!!!

Dog foods / Re: Help! - Beagle with atopic dermatitis
« on: Mar 10, 2018, 08:54 »
Hi. I've looked at platinum before but the only meats he can have are chicken, venison & rabbit and he can't have maize either. He's ok with fish ...thankfully! I used to feed him Forthglade wet which he loved but he always ate lots of grass. He used to be on canagan but he ate lots of mud when having that. I've just started him on Tribal salmon and he's doing far. He's also tried the new Forthglade cold pressed grain free food and this seemed to agree with him as well.

Hi. As an owner of a dog with food and environmental allergies (inc storage mites), my advice in choosing a food is try to keep to a single source protein, such as salmon or chicken etc... and avoid any food that lists its ingredients in general terms such as "oils & fats" or "cereals" . If you don't know exactly what the ingredient is, don't feed it to your dog. It will help with the elimination process. Regarding kibble & storage mites, try to choose grain free but the mites can develop in the best quality dog food once the bag is open and air gets to it so its recommended to buy small bags of food & decant into an airtight plastic tub which is cleaned thoroughly once empty. I used to feed wet but he ate a lot of grass when on it so I've just recently started using Tribal (a cold pressed food) and it seems to be agreeing with him. There are other cold pressed foods on the market but my dog is allergic to ingredients in them!

Dog foods / Re: Help! - Beagle with atopic dermatitis
« on: Oct 28, 2017, 19:04 »
I own a dog with food and environmental allergies.. A single source protein grain free food is best at the beginning . I found Pooch & Mutt health and digestion dry kibble a good one that's reasonably priced. But my dog is also allergic to storage mites so dry food isn't recommended for him. After trying lots of different foods, we now use Forthglade grain free wet food. He loves the chicken flavour. It doesn't upset his stomach and his anal gland issues have much improved. I buy it from Zooplus as they do fab deals, making it relatively cheap....I have to pay more than most people for dog food as he's allergic to most foods and treats!!!! He also has a teaspoon of Yumega itchy dog each day 2x itch-Ezee tablets (by Verm-X) and half an Apoquel tablet from the vet. I know it's a lot to give him but if I remove one of these from his diet, his fur starts to fall out, he itches constantly and gets ear and anal gland infections.  I have tried raw ....whilst he loves it, he doesn't produce sufficient waste to empty his anal glands properly as they are positioned slightly higher than most other dogs (so the vet tells me) and they then don't empty properly and he gets sick.  But, it all works out much cheaper than the vet bills when he gets sick so I guess it's money well spent. . Fingers crossed you figure it out for your dog and find what works best for her...good luck!

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