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08-05-2013, 01:50 AM   #1

Help needed re low allergen cat food


Does anyone know if there is a DRY cat food that would be cereal free and possibly vegetarian in origin? Non veggie sources like turkey, chicken or fish etc would need to be hydrolysated.



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08-05-2013, 06:56 AM   #2

Re: Help needed re low allergen cat food


Thats a tough one. Have you thought about maybe contacting some of the smaller pet food companies like Benevo and Ami and asking if they can possibly make something up for you? Might be a long shot but no harm in asking.



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08-05-2013, 10:37 AM   #3

Re: Help needed re low allergen cat food


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Thats a tough one. Have you thought about maybe contacting some of the smaller pet food companies like Benevo and Ami and asking if they can possibly make something up for you? Might be a long shot but no harm in asking.
Thats an idea, thankyou for that.

Ive just spoken to the vet (again) shes gone to great lengths researching food & consulted Veterinary Dermatologists, bottom line is there is no commercially prepared prescription foods that doesnt have something in that Mindy wont react to, however out of them all, Hills z/ d was the one that they considered the least likely to cause an all out reaction. It contains rice which in Mindys case is an allergen. I guess until we find something else, we may just go with it.

In dogs you get the option of potato as the carbohydrate but not in cat foods.

Think we will have to try the z/ d & in meantime look into contacting the companies you mention to see if they can offer another option



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08-05-2013, 01:20 PM   #4

Re: Help needed re low allergen cat food


Poor Mindy - I wonder what it is in rice that she's allergic to as there is no gluten. I've had a quick Google and everything seems to have rice in. I wonder if it would be possible to use a potato based dog food and add the missing elements such as taurine. Your vet might be able to advise, or maybe ask for a nutritionist referral?



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09-05-2013, 12:24 AM   #5

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Poor Mindy - I wonder what it is in rice that she's allergic to as there is no gluten. I've had a quick Google and everything seems to have rice in. I wonder if it would be possible to use a potato based dog food and add the missing elements such as taurine. Your vet might be able to advise, or maybe ask for a nutritionist referral?
They (vets) rang me today to tell me the food is in. We have had another development . I tried putting the Atopica into her food and she wouldn't touch it so had to use the Syringe plunger again and within about 15 seconds it came back up . I didn't watch her yesterday after I administered it so its possible she was sick the too. It does say on the instructions in some cats it can make them sick

I'm going to suggest to the vet trying immunotherapy injections. I think it's pretty specialised so we may need referred to a Dermatologist vet (probably the vet we used to go to in Belfast as they are referred to her from all over Ireland). I have heard of Boxers who had this done and been a success the first year, however i have been told that the effectiveness can wane in Succeeding years

http://www.axiomvetlab.com/allergyve...20allergic.pdf



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09-05-2013, 07:39 AM   #6

Re: Help needed re low allergen cat food


Poor wee toot and so frustrating for you too, to try do get something that suits. Atopica is NOT cheap either.



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09-05-2013, 11:22 AM   #7

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Hi Velvet - I like the idea of immunotherapy and will be interested to hear more. In France, I know that this is used far more widely than in U.K. I was lucky enough to have a course years ago to help my allergies to grass pollen and house dust mite.

I came across this website whilst Googling (as you do) and wondered if there is anything here that might help, although this vet does recommend a fresh not dry diet.

http://www.vetsallnatural.com.au/ind...54&It emid=69



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10-05-2013, 01:10 AM   #8

Re: Help needed re low allergen cat food


We now have the Hills z/d.

The vet has said we must continue to use the Atopica and again today she was sick. Vet says owners find that the animal gets used to it in time . I'm going to give it a reasonable amount of time and then go back to her re the immunology jabs. I don't agree with stressing her out like this in the hope she will get used to a medication.

With all the tests and biopsy etc she has had done this month her total bill comes to 814 and that excludes the Atopica which is 67.50. I find that quite awesome



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10-05-2013, 10:37 PM   #9

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.. Crikey, I'd put that in the 'large mortgage payment' category.
If my experience is of any help my wee girl had granuloma complex for several years, it would come and go, sometimes going a year or more without it, sometimes appear again a few months later, her trigger being flea bites, and heat, and usually in the summer months.
I found the one thing that cleared it up with her was pure vitamin E oil. I tried this because I found out that EFA's (essential fatty acids) can help. So I would get a Vit E capsule, break it open and wipe a drop on her EGC each morning. Also she had chicken broth, and raw chicken in her diet. The Vit E seemed to really help.



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11-05-2013, 09:29 PM   #10

Re: Help needed re low allergen cat food


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.. Crikey, I'd put that in the 'large mortgage payment' category.
If my experience is of any help my wee girl had granuloma complex for several years, it would come and go, sometimes going a year or more without it, sometimes appear again a few months later, her trigger being flea bites, and heat, and usually in the summer months.
I found the one thing that cleared it up with her was pure vitamin E oil. I tried this because I found out that EFA's (essential fatty acids) can help. So I would get a Vit E capsule, break it open and wipe a drop on her EGC each morning. Also she had chicken broth, and raw chicken in her diet. The Vit E seemed to really help.
Thanks for that will get some Vit E.



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