Hello and happy holidays!
I have a nine-month old lab that I suspect has a food allergy. He's had diarrhea for a while and after changing foods a couple times hasn't stopped. I took him to his vet and she said he might have a food allergy and had me buy a bag of food from them. The new food has helped but it's $39 per 16-pound bag. Are there any other options for hypoallergenic foods from pet stores that are cheaper? At the rate he's going he'll finish a bag every two weeks.
Thanks for your input!

Jerry
I have a nine-month old lab that I suspect has a food allergy. He's had diarrhea for a while and ... hypoallergenic foods from pet stores that are cheaper? At the rate he's going he'll finish a bag every two weeks.[/nq]It depends on what he is allergic to that is in the food. The stuff the vet gave you is probably the stuff that has basically nothing to be allergic to that works for just about any food allergy. But for most allergic dogs, you don't have to go that drastic. You can start with a new food and see how the dog takes it and try to figure out what ingredient it is that your dog is reacting to. I have an allergic dog who can't eat much of anything but what she can eat is not very expensive.

I just have to avoid one common ingredient by reading the ingredient list. Many people have been successful with California Natural since it has very few ingredients. Try that and see if it avoids the ones that your dog is allergic to. If that doesn't work, try foods that avoid the ingredients in CA Natural.

Good luck!

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
I found at Petco Dick Van Pattens Duck N Potato food $40 for I believe it was a 17lb bag. We ended up switching Lady to it for a month till we could determine what was causing her itching. Now that I know what triggered it I have switched her back to her normal dog food. No more trying something new for variety with her.
Celeste
Hello and happy holidays! I have a nine-month old lab that I suspect has a food allergy. He's had diarrhea ... stores that are cheaper? At the rate he's going he'll finish a bag every two weeks. Thanks for your input!

Could be giardia or coccidia. Has your vet treated for those? Frequently they don't show up on a standard fecal exam (esp. giardia) They are both protozoal infestations and can cause diarrhea. What food does your vet have him on? I'm pretty sure there are cheaper (but not cheap) limited ingredient diets out there. You want something with protein sources which he's not previously been exposed to (like duck/potato, potato/fish, venison) Wellness might work. I can get that at my feed store. Look for as few ingredients as possible. Or you can home make your own elimination diet with help from your vet. How this works is explained here
http://allergies.about.com/cs/canine/a/aa091800a.htm http://www.vin.com/VINDBPub/SearchPB/Proceedings/PR05000/PR00093.htm

Generally, though, food allergies in dogs show up as itchiness, ear infections and other skin conditions. I'd be suspecting a parasite or IBD. Or possibly just too frequent changes in diet?
Hello and happy holidays! I have a nine-month old lab ... finish a bag every two weeks. Thanks for your input!

Could be giardia or coccidia. Has your vet treated for those? Frequently they don't show up on a standard fecal ... infections and other skin conditions. I'd be suspecting a parasite or IBD. Or possibly just too frequent changes in diet?

This is the food:
http://www.royalcanin.us/vetdiet/caninehypoallergenic.html

It's Royal Canin Hypoallergenic HP19.
The vet did scan a stool sample and she didn't find anything. We've only switch his food twice before this. Once early when he was a puppy we switched him to a brand called iVet that we got from the vet, then we switched to Nature's Recipe when he started getting the loose stools. He's been on that for a few months now until recently changing him over to the Royal Canin. His stools are solid again since we switched.

Jerry