This month, Dr. Moser answers your questions about a dog with severe allergies and feeding two Westies to meet their individual needs.
Q: Our 3 year old Golden Retriever was suffering severe skin allergies and frequent ear infections, his Vet changed his diet for an hypoallergenic, then we switched for a high quality natural grain free formula, with both types of food the results were the same, he reduced most of his allergies. Now we’re interested in upgrading his food and trying holistic formulas. We are looking for the best, for that reason we chose Wellness. We bought the Wellness Super5Mix Lamb, Barley & Salmon Meal Recipe for Dogs, this is his first week in this transition and he is doing great! We would like to know if we selected a good choice with the Lamb formula or if the Wellness CORE might be a better solution for him.
A: Using dietary manipulation, you and your vet have reduced the skin and ear discomfort in your Golden Retriever – caused at least partially, by his food allergy or intolerance.
For long term dermatologic control for your dog with a Wellness diet, I recommend choosing from Wellness ® Simple Food Solutions® dry dog food. Natural nutrition with simplicity is the benefit. A single novel protein source is added to rice and a very short, yet complete, ingredient list. The number of ingredients and possible allergens your dog is exposed to each day is decreased.
The novel protein choices are: Salmon, Duck and Lamb. In addition, canola oil is added for skin and coat quality and to support the epidermal skin barrier; tomato pomace is added as a fiber source. For added nutritional support, antioxidant vitamins, beta carotene and vitamin E are added and the formulation contains chelated trace minerals (including zinc proteinate).
Remember this diet is all that is to be fed to the pet. Offer no other foods (including human) or treats. The Wellness Simple Food Solutions diets are available in both canned and dry forms. Some pet owners report that kibble fed dogs with chronic skin dryness respond well when canned food is added up to ½ of the total calories offered during the day.
Q: We have two Westies…one with no problems and one with itchy skin that occasionally turns into a skin infection and requires prednisone. I realize that it could be a combination of things, but we just switched to Wellness Super5Mix Chicken Recipe dry food, to see if it will help. If it doesn’t, is there a different Wellness food I should try? I would prefer a diet that isn’t fished based. Can you respond to that and also if there is another good one, such as lamb and rice, let me know. Thanks much!
A: I recommend feeding the same diet for both dogs. You can select from one of the natural, novel protein, non-fish based Wellness® Simple Food Solutions® Formulas: Rice and Duck or Rice and Lamb Formula. Both duck protein based and lamb protein based diets come in dry kibble and canned moist form.
To decrease exposure to potentially inflammatory allergens, both are specifically formulated to be an extremely limited ingredient diet; with one novel protein and rice as the carbohydrate source; to help manage the symptoms of food allergy and intolerance. For best results – the Simple Food Solutions diet you choose should be the sole source of nutrition for the pet. No other pet food, pet treat, or table food.
Continue to work with your vet on controlling the other non-food related components of the skin disease.
A 15 to 17 pound Westie requires about 450 to 475 kilocalories of energy per day for maintaining weight (estimated). An 8 ounce measuring cup of the Rice and Duck and Rice and Lamb formulas each contain about 405 calories. A 12.5 ounce can of Lamb and Rice Formula has 520 kilocalories while a can of the Duck and Rice Formula contains 465 kilocalories.