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Hello Boxermom, I have a 1 and a half yr old cross between a bullmastiff mix, which resembles a boxer more than any other dog. Rio has very short fur, and has very high allergies. Itching was so frequent and vicious, he would scratch off his fur and bleed. after trying different types of food, eliminating almost everything to figure out what it was, we finally took him to get an allergy test. We found out he is allergic to wheat, corn, soy, rice and lamb, (among 15 other non food related allergens). This test was precious to us as were able to find the source of his allergies. The vet told us MANY dogs mainly bullmastiffs, boxers, bostons terriers etc etc are often allergic to grains and rice! There is a FROMM food called the ‘Game bird medly’ which does not have any of these ingredients, not even the rice! I would suggest perhaps that you try that before switching off Fromm entirely. Also, it takes about 2-4 weeks before you can conclude whether or not the itching is from the food. Since you have already fed another food, than your dogs will keep itching for a fe weeks until the allergens leave their system. If you do change to another food entirely, I would highly suggest you avoid wheat, soy, corn and rice as much as possible for your boxer. It will avoid allergies, and also offer him a much more nutritious diet, budget permitting of course. I hope this helps! Natasha
Thank you so much Dog Food Adviser, you do a great service. Day two of Stella and Chewy’s Freeze Dried Beef Dinner for my two little ones . . . a 2 y/o Chihuahua that is tough as nails and can eat anything and a 4 y/o Shih Tzu that has been plagued with ear infections and skin rashes most of his life. After just two days, no itching, no rubbing his ears, no redness on his ear flaps . . . and he is sleeping comfortably for the first time in a long time. It’s no exaggeration to say I have tried almost every brand and type of limited ingredient food over the years with varying degrees of success so I’m holding my breath . . . I don’t remember Maxie being so comfortable so quickly so I am very, very hopeful, I don’t think his little system can tolerate many more rounds of antibiotics. BTW, I also just added 1 t baking soda to a liter of their water which is also helping (a tip I picked up from this community) again, thank you all so much!
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