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    Looks like I may have to start feeding my boy Harley a Hypoallergenic dog food. He has been having issues with loose stool and his vet did some blood work. Found out that he has a a high white blood cell count (11500 i think she said). Also had x-rays of his abdomen and was found to have a smaller than normal liver. The blood work shows that the liver is functioning normally. I'm sure they will recommend a brand of dog food, but would like some recommendations on which hypoallergenic dog foods would be better than others.

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    A recent thread below about dog foods for allergies, etc.

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    They will probably suggest Science Diet as that is what they carry. Unless you need the prescription food, don't feed it. It is junk food. Check out the link, some good suggestions in it.
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    I've been feeding Victor for a while and love it. They have several different formulas, including multiple grain-free formulas. I have a very picky eater that's prone to digestive upsets, and he has been cleaning up his bowl and looking for more with no tummy tummy upsets since I've switched.

    You might try the Yukon River Salmon formula for both grain-free and a novel protein. I've been ordering mine from http://www.victorpet.com/ . Free shipping on the grain free!

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    I recommend you do this test. The test itself is not cheap but will save you in the long run and make your dog a lot more comfortable if he has food sensitivities. I have a couple of friends that have done this test and they were amazed at what their dog was allergic to and what she wasn't. Now they know what they can and can't feed her.

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    Was feeding him Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice. I switched to Victor Grain Free about two months ago and he still been having issues with loose stool. Hopefully they can get if figured out.

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    As far as I know, Natural Balance is the only true, hypoallergenic OTC food. Your dog may or may not have loose stool due to food allergies or inflammatory bowel disease, there may be something else going on. Sometimes a low-residue, or 'easily digestible', diet can be helpful depending on what's going on with your dog. It's the protein that's the allergen. Grain schmain. Yes it's a filler, but typically not the allergen. Intradermal skin testing is far superior to any blood tests. I listen to the dermatology specialists, that's what they tell me.
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    How loose is loose? Did the vet give any indication as to why the white count is up?

    Give Bil-Jac Sensitive a try. That food is a pellet not a kibble and is extremely easy on the dog's system and the starches are fully gelatinized. It is also very easy to get at any Petco or Petsmart. Many times stool problems are due to poor starch conversion when the food is manufactured. Some dogs can deal with low rates of starch conversion better than others.

    I kind of agree with above, something else may be going on but you can still address the loose stools no matter what.

    You might see a dramatic change on the Bil-Jac. Victor is a good product but alfalfa doesn't sit well with every dog and if sweet potatoes are not fully gelatinzed they cause big issues with stools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laurelwood View Post
    I've been feeding Victor for a while and love it. They have several different formulas, including multiple grain-free formulas. I have a very picky eater that's prone to digestive upsets, and he has been cleaning up his bowl and looking for more with no tummy tummy upsets since I've switched.

    You might try the Yukon River Salmon formula for both grain-free and a novel protein. I've been ordering mine from http://www.victorpet.com/ . Free shipping on the grain free!
    Though mine are not picky eaters, they do real well on Victor, I'm feeding the Chicken Meal with brown rice as a daily maintenance food. I also am feeding the Hi Pro Plus formula to my nursing female, and will be to puppies in a few weeks as gruell. The CM/br (brown bag) is $36.99 and the Hi Pro Plus (teal bag) is $35.99 for 40# bags locally (5 miles from home). Having it delivered is a good option if you can't find it local. Stools are small and usually firm, and don't kill the grass. At under $1 a pound, it has to be the best 5 star food on the market, IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpinRetriever View Post
    How loose is loose? Did the vet give any indication as to why the white count is up?

    Give Bil-Jac Sensitive a try. That food is a pellet not a kibble and is extremely easy on the dog's system and the starches are fully gelatinized. It is also very easy to get at any Petco or Petsmart. Many times stool problems are due to poor starch conversion when the food is manufactured. Some dogs can deal with low rates of starch conversion better than others.

    I kind of agree with above, something else may be going on but you can still address the loose stools no matter what.

    You might see a dramatic change on the Bil-Jac. Victor is a good product but alfalfa doesn't sit well with every dog and if sweet potatoes are not fully gelatinzed they cause big issues with stools.
    His stool is like cow patties and runny looking. This is his second trip to the vet for this issue. THe first time they gave him fortiflora and some other medicine. Seemed to work for a little bit. When I brough him back for his checkup they said the bacteria levels in his intestines where in the ok level range. But brought him home and when he went to relieve himself the stool looked better slightly formed but real soft looking. A couple of days passed and it still didn't improve any.

    Don't remember what she said that could be causing the high whiteblood cell count, but he did have a fever when I brought him in. She said something about a primary intestinal disorder or inflammatory bowel diesease. So they want to see him again next week while he is still on the medicine they gave him to see if that is working.

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