Dry dog food

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justmeterri
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Dry dog food

Post by justmeterri » 15 May 2019, 12:26

Hi! I am a new member and was interested in seeing what dry dog food you are using for dogs with EPI. I have mine on IAMS lamb and rice and was wondering if there was something better.

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Olesia711
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Re: Dry dog food

Post by Olesia711 » 15 May 2019, 16:30

lamb is a low grade protein..... so .. it is fine to feed but do try to rotate with another higher quality protein (meat)
With EPI dogs overall the majority of our dogs do better with low fiber content foods.... but....if one dog does fine on a particular food that is no guarantee that the next dog will do fine too... so there is a lot of trial and error.

But yes, there are some foods/brands that seems that many (although not all) of our dogs do better on.

I personally am now using Sport Elite grain and pea free
https://sportdogfood.com/sporting-dog-g ... h-formula/

it is a whitefish based food.
FYI.... stay away from any grain free food that has peas listed in the ingredients as one of the top 3 ingredients... EPI dogs cannot handle peas very well....

hope this helps a little.
Olesia, owned by Izzy, a 35lb Spanish Water Dog (SWD), Diagnosed at 1.5 years old - TLI results 1.3, Doing great 12+ years later! Once stable at 3+ months, was able to reduce enzymes to only 1/2 tsp of Enzymes (use EnzymeDiane's 6x) with each cup of food, but as she aged- -had to go back 1 tsp enzymes per cup of food. Fed various grain-free kibble+real meat, 6x pancreatin enzymes from EnzymeDiane., gave 1 tsp of coconut oil / fish oil daily .... until she developed Diabetes and she now cannot tolerate higher fat foods. Currently feed an 80% home-made diet of sweet potato, a lean meat/fish, 1/3 of a raw egg, fat free cottage cheese, fish oil+vitamins and bone meal with 20% Annamaet Lean & Grain Free kibble. This combo has regulated her Diabetes (takes Vetsulin) and EPI and is very well managed. In Feb 2013, Izzy developed a very serious condition called IMHA which she (thankfully) beat and is now in remission. This is when we discovered that she also developed Diabetes & Low Thyroid. Izzy was able to receive excellent care because of the generosity of folks on Epi4dogs! Izzy continues to wake up every day full of joy. I am not a vet. All of my suggestions/recommendations are based on personal experiences, observations, information gleaned from EPI researchers & pet parents alike, and EPI research. Please share with your vet everything we suggest.

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Madelon
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Re: Dry dog food

Post by Madelon » 25 May 2019, 23:35

Hi. I switched my boy to Sport Dog Food Elite Herding (Buffalo and Sweet Potato) a few months ago and he's never been better.
MADELON and Doc. DX EPI and SIBO: 5/22/2015
Test Results: (1st) 7/2014 = TLI 16.5, B12 894, Folate > 24; (2nd) 5/2015 = TLI < .4, B12 406; Folate >24; (3rd) 10/2015 TLI < .4; B12 >1000; Folate 14.4. Prior to DX: May 2014 (2mos) - DX coccidia/bladder infection; July 2014 (3mos) 1st EPI test = TLI 16.5, B12 894, Folate >24 - Dx SIBO not EPI; Feb 2015 thru May 2015 - weight loss only; May 2015 vomitted several times, diarrhea and eating poop. Regimen: 4 cups Sport Dog Food Elite Herding - Diane 6x 1tsp per cup; 1 WonderLab PetFactor B12 2x day; 1/2tsp Slippery Elm 2xday; Multivitamin; 1 Zyrtec 10mg 2x day; Salmon Oil

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Re: Dry dog food

Post by MegW » 30 May 2019, 14:26

I have been using the Sport Dog Food Elite herding buffalo for about 3 months and my girl seems to have developed an allergy and and sporadic fatty lipoma. Want to try the Turkey formula as she did not like the fish when I first found Sport Dog Food Elite. How long have you been using it? Shilo's poops have never been better but she has never had an allergic reaction to anything either!

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Madelon
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Re: Dry dog food

Post by Madelon » 30 May 2019, 21:27

MegW wrote:
30 May 2019, 14:26
I have been using the Sport Dog Food Elite herding buffalo for about 3 months and my girl seems to have developed an allergy and and sporadic fatty lipoma. Want to try the Turkey formula as she did not like the fish when I first found Sport Dog Food Elite. How long have you been using it? Shilo's poops have never been better but she has never had an allergic reaction to anything either!
If you suspect a food sensitivity I highly recommend doing the NutriScan Food Sensitivity Test - it's an in-home saliva test that you send off. I did it for my boy when I suspected food sensitivities and when I changed his food the hot spots and infections and itching went away. I've been using the Sport Dog Food Elite Herding for about 4-5 months.
MADELON and Doc. DX EPI and SIBO: 5/22/2015
Test Results: (1st) 7/2014 = TLI 16.5, B12 894, Folate > 24; (2nd) 5/2015 = TLI < .4, B12 406; Folate >24; (3rd) 10/2015 TLI < .4; B12 >1000; Folate 14.4. Prior to DX: May 2014 (2mos) - DX coccidia/bladder infection; July 2014 (3mos) 1st EPI test = TLI 16.5, B12 894, Folate >24 - Dx SIBO not EPI; Feb 2015 thru May 2015 - weight loss only; May 2015 vomitted several times, diarrhea and eating poop. Regimen: 4 cups Sport Dog Food Elite Herding - Diane 6x 1tsp per cup; 1 WonderLab PetFactor B12 2x day; 1/2tsp Slippery Elm 2xday; Multivitamin; 1 Zyrtec 10mg 2x day; Salmon Oil

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Re: Dry dog food

Post by Ruby » 20 Jun 2019, 22:07

I have been for a long time and still using Earthborn "Great Plains Feast" My both dogs dog great on it. One has EPI the other dog doesn't.

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