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Raw diet for dog with seasonal allergies and digestive issues?

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FishChipsAndBeans Fri 17-Mar-17 08:09:25

My dog has 'seasonal' allergies (itchy ears, gunky eyes, sneezing, reverse sneezing) and in the past few months digestive issues have emerged - suspected acid reflux/feeling nauseous.

The vet suggested restricting her to Royal Canin hypoallergenic food for two months to see if that helps the digestive issues. I don't want to give her Royal Canin because it scores badly on All About Dog Food. She's a fussy eater, she will eat some dog foods for a while and then go off them and will refuse to eat. I've tried her on Lily's Kitchen, Canagans, Simpson's Premium and Millie's Wolfheart.

We're doing our own two-month restricted diet experiment with Millie's Wolfheart as it claims to be naturally hypoallergenic, with no other commercial treats - dog biscuits or anything - just dried meat treats like liver or venison. So far, so good - we've had no digestive upset episodes 4 weeks in.

However, she's not loving MW, and will often walk away from it. I've been reading about Nutriment and I think she'd probably enjoy raw food - she loves fresh salmon, liver, vegetables, etc. (albeit these have been cooked).

My worry is her 'sensitive' digestive system. I can't seem to find information on whether raw would be better for her digestive system (and possibly her other allergies?) or possibly would make the problems worse.

Does anyone have any experience raw feeding a dog with digestive problems and/or allergies?

SparklingRaspberry Fri 17-Mar-17 21:11:33

I raw feed my puppy and also fed my last dog raw as well. She had allergies too.

I would highly recommend raw feeding! I would never give my dog anything else. Raw is the best thing you could feed any dog regardless of their allergies/sensitive stomach etc.

Start off by giving her chicken. If after a week or so she seems fine introduce something else such as turkey. Then add something new. If she's sick or seems to have the runs then you know not to feed her that specific type of food again.

a lot of vets will not recommend raw feeding but ignore them it's nonsense. Dogs are supposed to eat raw.

What I will say is their poo's will become much smaller as there is very little waste (this is of course a good thing!)

Just remember you have to get the ratio right. 80% meat, 10% bone, 10% organ

This website is really handy so I highly recommend reading it -

Honestly, you will notice such a difference in your girl.

FishChipsAndBeans Mon 20-Mar-17 12:14:03

Thanks sparkling! I'll have a look at that link, great information. I think I'd prefer to use something like Nutriment rather than try to get the ratios correct myself.

SparklingRaspberry Mon 20-Mar-17 16:00:29

That's a good idea. It's a lot easier than diy especially if you're a new starter to raw. Hope she gets on well with it smile

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