Allergies revisited

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    Mylo has food allergies. I know for sure she's allergic to beef (so odd) and wheat products (gluten). She turns bright red and itches, and it can affect her behavior somewhat, too.

    For a long time, I was feeding her lamb & rice food, the only brand at my local store. When I could I would get the high end stuff that didn't have any beef/wheat gluten in it, and she did great with that. She used to do okay with the lamb/rice stuff, but as it turns out, wheat is like the third ingredient in it, and it's not really THAT much better than any other generic crap food as far as she's concerned.

    Now that I have Klaus eating us out of house and home, I have decided to just start cooking for Mylo (she doesn't eat much) and only feeding Klaus dog food. I will continue to feed him the rice and lamb food, it's pretty good food and he does well on it...

    I cooked chicken breasts for treats this weekend, but at the end of the weekend, that needs to go and be replaced by fresh treats...here's what I fixed:

    I boiled venison for the new treats...

    I took the cooked, chopped chicken and mixed it with cooked, cold oatmeal, and added some of the venison broth to moisten it, and that's what Mylo got last night and this morning. There's enough for about 2 more days, I think...and then we'll do the same with the venison. then we'll move on to the next type of meat..possibly salmon, I have some big chunks of freezer burned salmon in there that I'm not really interested in eating.

    That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Hopefully will see a less red, less itchy Mylo in about 2 days. If I can keep the kids from feeding her/letting her steal the food they eat. Last night she got a whole bowl of potatoes and hamburger gravy...the potatoes are fine, but hamburger and flour...yikes.
     
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    i am removing mine from kibble....most of the nutrients are cooked out of kibble....the dog feels full but isnt getting the calories needed.....

    i am using 'dr pitciarn's natural health for dogs & cats

    you are basically cooking and fixing your dog foods that are good for it....they have this healthy powder.....its real good to sprinkle on the food....if you decide you want to do the healthy powder let me know and i will mail you the expense ass parts....(you have to buy it in big ass cans. no use us both having a 22 buck can of bone meal lol)

    i am using kidney beans, brown rice, cottage cheese, yogurt, eggs, whole wheat bread. etc
     
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    Yeah, I have to avoid the bread. And the bone meal, because bone meal means beef bone meal, and that is a big allergen for the Mylo.

    I have done this with her for short periods before and it always works out really well. I just have to make sure I cook every couple of days. I'm grateful she's small..I would NOT want to try this for Klaus....I'd need a cauldron.

    What this makes me realize..there's a huge market out there for reasonably priced, allergen free dog food. If I were an entrepreneur or of that bent, I would be researching the hell out of this and I think I'd start a business. Cuz I'm sorry, but when you're talking big dogs, $70 for a 30 lb bag of food is just not possible. Thank GOD Klaus so far doesn't appear to have any food allergies. I don't get the cheapest food by any means...but that would not be doable.
     
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    I think I would focus on chicken and oatmeal..it seems to be the cheapest. Chicken is great food for dogs..you can feed everything but the bone, and that cartilege and skin is good for them. Pork is, too..and they CAN eat those bones, if you find a way to grind them (Mylo can eat hambones, her jaws are that strong. Which makes me believe that pork bones are different than cow bones..softer).
     
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    Oats have gluten in it possibly from contamination with wheat products handled in the same fields/people/processing plants or machinery, Allie. Keep with the rice though. It isn't grown with the other stuff. I think. Dont forget the boiled carrots in the broth. Dogs LOVE carrots. Mine like them raw, but I have to dice them so they won't choke.
    Venison sounds good. As does the salmon. Maybe rabbit. All these things are eaten in the wild (except rice and carrots). Pork is another white meat. I can't eat beef any more either, so I eat chicken, turkey, pork, fish.

    Im going to have to start cooking for my little dog too with no store bought dry foods. Poor thing is itching himself to death and I dont want to keep him on baby benydryl forever. He gets one tab per day and it soothes him but I dont want a druggy dog all the time. Also....I wipe him down with a very wet washrag dipped and wrung out lightly in a solution of half apple cider vinegar and water. Make sure its APPLE cider vinegar. White is too strong and will burn too much. I use ACV as a rinse and it has a slight tingle burn but it doesnt hurt my head and it doesnt hurt Moki. It soothes the skin.
     
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    I had no clue about the rice being gluten free until I read the side of the Rice Chex box. It said naturally gluten free. Yay! No more doggie biscuits for Moki. He gets a few rice chex, dry, as his treat. Hes a happy camper!
     
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    garlic is big too....put garlic in their food...

    i feed a 100, 75, 45 lb ....they get kibble in the am cause husband is lazy but at night they get rice etc
     
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    bone meal just says it is steamed bone meal....

    kelp is good....cod liver oil
     
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