|Barked: Sat Jan 7, '12 10:00am PST |
|That isn't a hypo allergic diet, it is a vegetarian diet. Beans especially can cause gas as most people know after eating too many!
A hypo allergic diet is one starchy veggie or grain plus one meat. Both ideally are foods the dog hasn't had before. Feed that mix for several weeks and if things improve you can start to make it balanced by adding calcium and other supplements needed to balance the diet.
I use nutritiondata.com to make up recipes and check that the bits and pieces are working out for the dog. I start with a minimum of 1 gram of protein and 20 calories per pound of dog and try to give more protein if possible and adjust calories up or down depending on the dog's condition. Sick geriatric Sassy got 25 calories per pound and healthy senior Max only gets about 17 calories per pound.
Just multiplying out the quantities probably isn't going to work, your dog is larger and larger dogs generally need fewer calories per pound than small dogs, this can work! Check the food he gets now, that number of calories is a reasonable starting point, right?
Sassy had kidney disease which is generally treated by vets with low protein. I gave her moderate protein, about 1.5 grams of protein per pound and she did better. Sick dogs need more protein to rebuild the tissues that aren't working properly! If chosen carefully there is a good protein for any disease. Meat proteins are better tolerated by dogs, plant proteins, like the beans, work on paper but are a last resort. Liver dogs get low ammonia egg and dairy and fish, kidney dogs get low phosphorus boiled chicken and egg white for instance.
The ultimate allergy diet is prey model raw as you can feed one single protein and no carbs of any sort. Some very ill dogs have had remarkable recoveries going to that super simple type of diet. My 38 pound Max eats 20 pounds of meats a month and the chicken, pork, beef, ostrich and organs add up to about $25 a month. Even before I had a freezer so I could take advantage of good deals I was able to feed him for that price with shopping sales and checking clearance bins.
Sassy had unexpected benefits from eating fresh food. You might just try chicken and rice or hamburger and rice at first as it is cheap and be very surprised at how well it goes. I would prefer not to use rice but something like sweet potato or white potato or even just chicken or beef and broccoli but budgets rule! Aina had a really great sounding mix of sweet and white potato and turnips in equal quantities for upset tummies if you want to try that. [http://www.dogster.com/forums/Home_Prepared_Food_Recipes/thread/707 838/last] Sassy had irritated anal sacs on kibble which improved on the same chicken and rice type food but cooked from fresh stuff. Fresh likely has a lower bacterial load than what the kibble ingredients started out with is my guess. This book is one source of information that comes from a traditional vet.
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