Ember's Intolerance Testing
#1
I'm going to keep this here as a log, but I figured since we are now fully on Raw, I can start trying out this intolerance testing thing. For those who don't know Darwins is broken down by protein, so 1 protein per packet. However there are fruit/veggie mixed in already, so I can't filter them out.

Current proteins to filter out:

Beef
Chicken
Turkey
Duck

Additional protein coming:
Lamb

How many days is a decent test? Im going to start with Beef since I have the most of it, and then chicken right after (my suspected culprit).
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#2
I have read that it takes three weeks for the antibodies to get out of your system. So keep to one protein source for three weeks if possible. Since you think chicken is the problem I would save it for last.
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(08-17-2017, 12:45 PM)Tasha Wrote: I have read that it takes three weeks for the antibodies to get out of your system.  So keep to one protein source for three weeks if possible.  Since you think chicken is the problem I would save it for last.

I think I would do the same. Give other proteins a good go and TBH if all other proteins agree with her I would be inclined to just conclude the chicken didn't agree and not even go there again.
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#4
Hmm okay if that is the case, I may have to wait until the next order and set it up. The rotation they send only gives me at most a week of 1 protein. So I will save this for later and revisit in a month - probably still starting with Beef then. I'll wait to see if anyone else has any suggestions.
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#5
Figuring out allergies in pets is really difficult because they can't tell you how they are feeling. It took me months to figure out my GSD's allergies. If you can't go three weeks on one protein source then I would give Ember the food that you think will not cause a reaction and see how she does. If she is fine then try out the chicken and if she reacts you will have your answer.
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#6
I can tell within a few days if I have given Micah something that really bothers him, but it takes a while after to get everything right again to move on to the next thing. They suggest 10 weeks to be sure. Also, different foods can cause different symptoms, so watch digestion, stools, eyes, ears, paws, skin oil, coughing, regurgitation, everything.

I couldn't use Darwin's for an elimination diet. They use "seasonal" produce and flax and such. Micah definitely reacts to plant proteins, not just meat proteins. I had to use 1 meat, one plant for ages.
Gotta love 'em.
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#7
Yea she's been gnawing at her paws a lot lately, but it really seems to be seasonal and not food related - mostly due to the timing. Hmm not sure what I'm gonna do then. I may call them up and see what they suggest.
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#8
Gnawing on feet is usually a contact allergy, like grass pollen, new carpets, or new cleaners.
Gotta love 'em.
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#9
I put boots on Chip for a few weeks in the spring and fall when the different grasses popped up. I tried dipping his feet in a bucket after being out but that only made them less itchy. The boots did the trick for him.
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