Since most dogs had never had lamb or rice before, it was a good option for dogs that experienced allergies while eating a regular food
If your dog has an allergic reaction to a certain meat, you may want to try a food with a new protein source - new to your dog, that is - such as egg, duck, salmon, lamb, venison or whitefish. If none of this helps, your dog may be allergic to all of these proteins and will need a food with specially broken-down proteins. For accurate diagnosis and treatment options, always consult your veterinarian and ask them to recommend the best food for your dog’s food allergies
A little history .... i own a 2 1/2 yr old Bully and for about 18 months i fed him Iams lamb and rice. He started to show signs of allergies to the food (according to the vet) So the vet put him on a venison and potato diet dry food. The symptoms went away. So he has a "safe" food to fall back on if need be. The problem with keeping him on that is ... First, too expensive (at least what the vet supplied). Second, if he gets allergic to that after awhile then he has no "safe food" to fall back on. So, i then tried Iams chicken flavor (for 4 weeks) ... Allergic. I then tried Nature's recipe lamb and rice (for 4 weeks) ... Allergic. I then tried Nature's recipe vegetarian (for 2 weeks)... Allergic, bad. I am now on Nature's recipe fish and potato (8 weeks) and he is starting to show signs of an allergy again! So i am officially done with Nature's recipe. I have read and read and read, and asked and asked and asked other vets and ALL say i am doing the right thing by feeding him a new food for at least 3-4 weeks to see if there is a reaction. I have read about some foods but i wanted to (hopefully) get many stories of English Bulldogs dry food allergy fights and triumphs! Thanks in advance for your help, this thread will help others too!
Best Hypoallergenic Dog Foods - Dog Food Advisor
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If you have a dog with an allergy to chicken, for example, and you find a salmon-based food that they do well on, your instinct may to be stick to this food. In reality, though, you should already be planning the next protein to switch to. Lamb used to be the go-to hypoallergenic food, as chicken and beef are more commonly used in dog food. After feeding lamb for a long time, however, it is just as likely for a dog to develop a lamb allergy!My Parson Russell started "chewing and licking her feet" so I took her to the vet. We did the allergy test and she is allergic to beef, salmon, corn, oats, and duck. +/- to: venison, milk, soybean, lamb, and kelp. Now what? All hypoallergenic dog foods have oats instead of wheat. What dry food can I buy for her? She just turned 7.In extreme allergy cases, a “novel” protein might be necessary. Novel proteins are ingredients that your dog or cat’s body is not familiar with. Chicken, beef, turkey, and lamb are meats used most often in pet food. Novel proteins for pets eating these ingredients would include venison, rabbit, duck, kangaroo or ostrich. Because the pet’s body has never been exposed to these ingredients, they are unlikely to solicit a negative response from the body. It is important to also use a novel carbohydrate when trying to fully eliminate allergic reactions. If a cat was eating a chicken and rice based food, a novel food for them might be duck and potato.Many dogs develop allergies over their lifetime; some of those allergies can be caused by what they ingest. One of the protein sources Kirkland food offers to buyers is chicken. While almost every dog loves chicken, it isn’t always the best for them seeing as many are allergic to it. Kirkland does have another great food with a protein source of lamb. Since lamb isn’t seen as frequently in dog’s diets, it is possible he has not developed an allergy to it. There are only a few ways to determine the exact ingredient your dog is allergic to so the process can be discouraging. However, once you find the source and remove it from his diet, he will be back to is happy, healthy, non-symptomatic self.