|Barked: Sat Jul 14, '07 5:04pm PST |
|I have some information that may help some of you other pups with allergies.
I recently switched to a new veterinarian that has a lot more experience with allergies. He is so much more knowledgable than my last vet. (He has had a lot of experience with allergies, my old vet seemed to know nothing and had us spending a lot of money and time without any results.) The new vet didn't think I was allergic to food because of how I react to my allergies. He thinks I am allergic to something I'm breathing in.
Because it was still a possibility that I'm allergic to food, he suggested a new food. He explained that although they used to think that switching to an elimination diet would help, after doing studies, they've found that doesn't work. It isn't the protein itself that causes food allergies, but the molecular weight of the protein. So, if you switch food, to duck and potatoe, etc., it may help for a while, but after a couple weeks you'll start itching again.
The new vet said that there is a food that has the correct molecular weight to help dogs with food allergies. It is called Purina HA made by Purina Veterinary Diets.
I tried this food for a while, and had no change in my allergies. I have been off of my steroids for 6 weeks now and am going to the vet this week for allergy testing. He is going to take some blood and send it to a lab in MN for allergy testing. Mom agrees now that it seems unlikely that I'm allergic to food, but they are going to test my blood for food allergies, just in case.
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