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Hey, I have a 2 and a half year old Min Pin who was recently diagnosed with a food allergy. She had blood in her stool and gnawed at her paws and had all the signs of a food allergy. We arent sure what exactly it is shes allergic to, but since my vet switched to to Royal Canin Hypoallergenic Food, the blood stopped and shes doing better. However shes 14.6 pounds which is too much for a Min Pin. I feed her less, take her for lots of long walks, even had her thyroid tested and shes not losing.
My vet did say the food is more fattening but wasnt sure what else to do. Anyone have any suggestions as to what I can feed her that will be good for her AND help lose the weight? Thanks
 

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Do you have any pictures of her (full body overhead and profile shots are best). Height wise, do you know how tall she is??? Does she look overweight??? Depending on her overall size at 14 lbs she may very well not be overweight. I currently own a German Pinscher that is about 20-25 lbs and stands approx. 20 inches. German Pinscher are often mistaken for oversized Min Pins and a lot of Non show breeders are breeding Min Pins that are genetically, above standard height and weight limits for the breed. With that being said, do you know exactly what triggers her allergy. Is it grains, chicken, beef, fish, potatoes??? I currently have a Lab/Bernese mix with intolerences to grains and we believe processed chicken. He weighed in at 134 when we first got him and was obviously obese. Since having switched him to a diet with no chicken, grains or potatoes, although he has only lost 15 lbs, what was once fat has now begun to turn to muscle and a lot of his out breaks have stopped. (We still have occasional issues if he receives or gets into something he shouldn't)... I would suggest finding a higher quality food with limited ingredients. Nix out the most common allergens first, such as corn, wheat, soy and go with only one protein source. Such as Lamb or fish see if that helps.

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'There are a number of foods out there to try... Some of them are....




Wellness Simple Solutions: http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/product-details.aspx?pet=dog&pid=46


Natural Balance: http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/

California Naturals: http:// http://www.naturapet.com/brands/california-natural.asp


Taste of the Wild: http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/ (would start with Pacific Stream or Sierra Mountain formulas)

Nature's Variety Raw Instincts: http://www.naturesvariety.com/ (Rabbit Variety)

are just a few that I have had luck with..

You can also go to http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com to research the quality of the foods you decide to choose... 4-5 stars equals high quality, 3 stars equals acceptable, 1-2 stars equals stay away.


Some other ones you can choose are:

Earthborn Holistic http://www.earthbornholisticpetfood.com/us/legal/index.php (not for Pups under a year)

Acana: http://www.championpetfoods.com/acana/ (Lamb and Apples Formula)

Fromm: http://www.frommfamily.com/products-fs-d-d-grain-free-surf-and-turf.php

You want a food that has a named Meat or Meat meal as, at minimum, the first ingredient rather than a starch. Less starch= less unutilized sugars=less fat.


GOOD LUCK, and I hope this helps.
 

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It'd be easier if you said what she is allergic to. If she's been diagnosed with a food allergy, that means you did allergy testing so you know what the problem ingredients are. We adopted an obese dog and used Wellness Core reduced fat.
 
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