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we just adopted a puppy and my son appears to be allergic to the puppy food. i dont think its the puppy because the reacations only appear after the puppy has been fed. (very minor hives where the puppy licks.) the puppy is eating the food the shelter gave us. its not in the original container so i dont know the name brand or the ingredents. we are going to switch the food starting today to iams. i read the ingredent list and it dosnt list peanuts. i am just wondering if anyone else has a dog or puppy and what brand food they give.

thanks erin

On Feb 17, 2007

my girls were allergic to most dog saliva when they were younger but have outgrown it mostly. they give hives and upraised stripes on their skin occasionally now when a dog licks them but not very often. when they were toddlers, dog saliva of most dogs would cause them hives and intense itching anywhere a dog's mouth had contacted their skin. it was not the food or treats in our case but the actual saliva.

if it's not the food you are feeding but the dog instead, the good news (at least in our case) is that it will lessen with time. not sure this happens for everyone but it has for us.

we have two indoor small dogs and our kids play with lots of other dogs at petsmart on the weekends and at their friends' houses and occasionally have minor hives and/or itching but nothing more.

On Feb 17, 2007

My son gets hives when any dog licks him...even our own dog and his food IS safe. I've encouraged my kids not to play with the dog too much and when they do, go wash their hands right after(this will be our last dog, but hubby won't get rid of him because of the allergies). If you do suspect the food, I'd throw out the bag they gave you and find something safe. It may or may not stop the hives though...it didn't us at least. JMO

------------------ Chanda(mother of 4) Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma) Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma) Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig) Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

On Feb 17, 2007

A lot of dog foods have nasty fillers and additives. And I wouldn't feed a dog I liked Iams.

We use California Natural Lamb & Rice. It's gluten-free, soy-free, peanut-free. The tocopherols/vitamin E are from sunflower oil, though, so I don't know if that's a problem for you.

I know a lot of dog-fans who feed Canidae. It contains several things I'm severely allergic to (including papaya, soy, etc) and I had an anaphylactic reaction after Jericho licked me on the first day we brought him home. It *is* peanut-free, though. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

ygg

On Feb 17, 2007

Just a word of warning about even high-quality pet foods-- as Krasota notes, you may need to be very careful reading labels. We've had a terrible time finding good quality pet foods that aren't heavily egg contaminated. (Though pn/tn have been less problematic.)

Right now we use Natural Balance venison for our Sheltie (who also has atopic problems... of course [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ) and Avoderm dry w/ canned fish flavor for the cats. It is tolerated well by all. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

On Feb 17, 2007

We have used Diamond adult, Precise adult, Precise low cal, Precise chicken and rice, as well as Sensible Choice. Haven't had a problem, even with handling the food.

You can easily teach your puppy not to lick while it is being petted. Do this by giving an immediate consequence of stopping petting and discontinuing attention if the puppy starts licking. Then try again in a few seconds and be ready to give the immediate consequence. These are behavioral training techniques (like Skinner's operant conditioning). They are better explained in books like Karen Pryor's "Don't Shoot the Dog". Pryor used operant conditioning to train dolphins in Hawaii back in the 70's. I've used operant conditioning (now called "clicker training") to train both dogs and chickens and the "immediate consequence" is what drives the animals to learn. Really amazing. If only I could clicker train an immune system...

On Feb 17, 2007

We had a problem with the dog saliva also. Joeybeth, I'm glad you posted your info, I sure hope my DS will outgrow this as well.

Anyway, back then, I thought it was the dog food also (which may be in your case) and I called Purina and they assured me that all their dog food was nut free. I talked with a very nice rep. It's been awhile, you might want to call and re-check.

I don't know about the more high quality/more expensive dog foods. I just stick with the Purina.

[This message has been edited by TinaM (edited February 17, 2007).]

On Feb 18, 2007

We use California Natural chicken and rice formula. That was one of the few brands I could find that were egg free. We also prefer premium brands because they use higher quality materials and don't use corn products (which dogs can't digest well). It means smaller stools and less problems with gas. Even though this costs more-the dog needs to eat less to get the same calories and nutrients. Its worth it as far as I'm concerned--and I wouldn't cringe if a child ate piece of it--like I would most other brands.

On Feb 18, 2007

My son also gets hives from dog saliva if licked. Also if he plays with a dog and then goes to eat without washing his hands, he'll get hives around the mouth. The first couple of times I didn't link it to my inlaws dog (once our dog but had to give her up due to son's allergy) and thought OMG he's eaten something with peanut/nut, or he's developing a new food allergy!

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