Implementing a Doggy Allergy Diet
July 17, 2012
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Weren’t you itching for an update on Scout’s ears? (Oh, just reread that and saw the pun. Ha ha.) Well here it is!
Somehow I got flour on my nose while Mom was making pancakes. Hmm…Wonder how that happened!
Surprise surprise, Scout’s left ear is infected again. Dr. C has given us some drops to pick up today (no visit needed, which will help save us some money, because at this point Scout’s left ear feels like an extra car payment each month…). He told me that he spent the weekend researching Scout’s case—Side Note: How awesome is that?—and that his research has really convinced him that we have some sort of food allergy going on, even though it’s just the one ear that’s repeatedly infected (the reason he was suspicious of food allergies to begin with).
So, moving forward, we’re going to start Scout on a strict food trial. This means that she won’t get any food other than her dog food, which in this case is Wellness Core Grain-Free Oceanfish, which we’re trying. Here are the specs from Wellness’ website:
- Protein-Rich: Whitefish, Herring Meal, Salmon Meal & Menhaden Fish Meal
- Poultry Free, Nutrient-Dense Diet
- No Meat By-Products or Fillers
- Includes Antioxidants, Omega Fatty Acids, Glucosamine & Probiotics
- Made with Naturally Gluten-Free Ingredients
The trial will last 8-12 weeks, and after that point we will see where Scout’s symptoms stand. This means no treats whatsoever, no peanut butter bones, no carrots from Mom while she cooks. If we need to give Scout a treat, she’ll get a few pieces of her regular kibble. In order for us to see if this food really works and properly evaluate the results, we’ve got to be strict about this, something we have no problem doing. That frozen peanut butter-stuffed marrow bone will have to stay in the freezer until she gets the clear from Dr. C.