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Allergies

Ben45
May 13th, 2011, 06:08 PM
Hey everyone.

I have a seven year old male cat who recently started chewing his fur, to the point where there was one red spot of skin that just wouldn't clear up.

We took him to the vet and they said he had developed an allergy and needed to be put on special food.

We put him on the food, which he hates, but reluctanty eats and his fur cleared all up and he chews it less.

It's sad that he really doesn't like his new food though, and someone told me that this special allergy food is not always necsesary.

You see, just before his skin got all bad, we had started giving him some wet food in the morning that he really likes, and this someone I know says maybe we just need to try another brand of wet regular food, instead of this special allergy crap food.

Has anyone had similar experiences, or does anyone know much about this hypo allergenic food that's more expensive and if it's actually nescesary at all?

Thanks!

luckypenny
May 13th, 2011, 07:02 PM
Hi Ben :). Can you list the ingredients of the vet food?

Ben45
May 15th, 2011, 08:15 PM
Hey :)

Yeah sure.

Potatao Meal, Duck Meal, Rice, Vegetable Oil, Potato Protein, Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Flavour, Dried Brewer's Yeast, Flax Meal, Fish Oil, Salt, DL-Methionine, Monopotassium Phosphate, Bacillus Subtitlis Dried Fermentation Extract, Taurine, Calcium Sulphate, Potassium Chloride, Fructo-Oligosaccharides, L-Lysine, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (DL-Alpha-Tocopherol [Source of Vitamin E] Niacin, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate [Source of Vitamin C], Biotin, Riboflavin [Vitamin B2], D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement and Vitamin D3 Supplement), Trace Minerals (Zinc Oxide, Zinc Proteinate, Ferrous Sulphate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Copper Sulphate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate and Sodium Selenite), L-Glutamine, L-Carnitine and Beta-Carotene. Naturally Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract and Citric Acid.

These are the ingredients for the dry vet food. Iíll check the ones for the wet vet food and get back to you. He doesnít really like either.

Ben45
May 20th, 2011, 09:56 AM
Hereís the ingredient for the wet vet allergy food.

Water sufficient for processing, Duck, Duck Liver, Duck Meal, Rice Gluten, Rice Flower, Brewer's Rice, Cellulose Powder, Carrageenan, Calcium Sulphate Dihydrate, Guar Gum, Vegetable Oil, Flax Meal, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate,
Natural Flavour, Trace Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Iron Sulphate, Copper Sulphate, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selonite and Calcium Iodate), Vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate [Source of Vitamin C], DL-Alpha-Tocopheral Acetate [Source of Vitamin E], Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Niacan Supplement, Biotin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Vitmain B12 Supplement, Folic Acid and Vitamin D3 Supplement), Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Citrate, Salt, Choline Chloride and Inulin (Source of Fructo-Oligosaccharides).

Hope this helps :)

mikischo
May 20th, 2011, 10:20 AM
The idea of the veterinarian allergy formulas is that they contain limited ingredients and a novel protein to eliminate foods from the diet that may be the source of the allergies. Certainly there are foods on the market that also contain limited ingredents and novel proteins. Many are of higher quality and lower priced than the veterinarian formulas. Most of our members who have pets with allergies choose these commercial foods or a raw diet over the veterinarian formulas.

You may be best to stick with novel protein formulas that contain duck for now since this has apparently been working so well for him.

Innova Evo has canned 95% duck that you might want to try. Here is a link to the list of ingredients:

http://www.evopet.com/products/default.asp?id=1663

I'm sure there are others. I'll do some searches and get back to you.

Here's a canned duck and green pea formula from Natural Balance:

http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/catformulas/NB_CatCanned_Duck-GreenPea.html#Ingredients