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I just found out Murfie has a food allergy!

post #1 of 14
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So for about the last month Murfie has had almost like a rash on her neck that wouldnt seem to heal. I know im a bad mum for delaying taking her to the vet for so long but i wanted to see if it would fix itself seeing it wasnt so bad..anyway i digress...
Last night i came home from work and she was fine, I went to get the groceries and was home no longer than an hour later and found that half her face had ballooned up! I rang the vet straight away and he was able to fit me in. He said looking at her neck and her face he was 98% sure she had a food allergy to fish, the other 2% he thought she could have an insect bite. He gave her 3 injections (which im not going to try and spell!!) and we worked out that iit is definitely fish she's allergic too as around the time the rash appeared she started being fussy with her food and not eating anything with fish. He said this is because she knew it made her feel funny (smart girl). But unknowingly i was still giving her fish by products in her biscuits so that's why the rash wasnt going away!
Anywho im now wondering what dry food i should feed her (the wet side of things is sorted). i was thinking royal canin or something but if anyone has any better suggestions please let me know!
post #2 of 14
go to the store & read all of the labels. seriously.

i buy Authority's lamb & rice wet because it was the only wet i could find w/o fish in it.

for dry, i use Royal Canin's special 33 - it also doesn't have fish or fish oil.
petfooddirect.com has ingredients for a lot of foods on their website. at least that way, you can read labels in the comfort of your home!
post #3 of 14
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yeah its a bit of a pain having to stand in the pet store going over the labels with a fine tooth comb. I was also thinking of something like eagle pack i think thats what its called
post #4 of 14
sorry to hear that! but a lot of devons (esp from Austrailia) are very allergic. mine is no exception, he has a food allergy too, in our case things are even worse, he is allergic to chicken and he doesnt tolerate ANY dry food that is sold here. so i feed him homemade beef or lamb mixes
post #5 of 14
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well im lucky she's not THAT allergic then!
post #6 of 14
These foods are fish free here in the states (not sure if the formulas are the same or differ in other countries though):

Eagle Pack's duck and oatmeal dry (from the hollistic line) doesn't list fish.

Natura products appear to be available in Queensland. Can you get their California Natural brand in your area? The California Natural Chicken and Brown Rice dry food doesn't list fish. The wet contains fish though.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by AZ<3Me View Post
sorry to hear that! but a lot of devons (esp from Austrailia) are very allergic. mine is no exception, he has a food allergy too, in our case things are even worse, he is allergic to chicken and he doesnt tolerate ANY dry food that is sold here. so i feed him homemade beef or lamb mixes
I would ask the vet about homemade .. fish is a hard one to get fish free ...
post #8 of 14
Here are a few I've found which have no fish ingredients, not sure if they are available in your area though:

Felidae Chicken & Rice

Honest Kitchen Prowl Dehydrated Cat Food

Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets Green Pea & Duck Dry Formula for Cats

Eagle Holistic Select Duck Meal & Oatmeal Feline Dry Formula

Flint River Ranch Cat and Kitten No Fish Formula

California Natural Chicken & Brown Rice


I got the ingredients lists online so if you do find one of these make sure to double check the ingredients list on the bag to make sure it really is fish-free!
post #9 of 14
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Eagle Holistic Select Duck Meal & Oatmeal Feline Dry Formula i can get here, another one ive found is science diet sensitive skin....there's a few to chose from so its hard to pick!
post #10 of 14
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well now im utterly confused! murfie's eye again swelled up sat night and was so big sun she could barely open her eye. i rushed her straight to an after hours vet and $175 later found out she has an infection and if her temperature was 3 degrees higher she would have been kept in overnight. i asked her if on top of the infection (caused by her scratching herself) could she still have a food allergy and she said she couldnt be sure.
so now what the FRICK am i supposed to think????
I thought the initial vet i saw was awesome as i normally go there but see a diff person, but now i feel as if he just blew me off. looking back he wasnt very thorough at all, i was just happy at the time getting answers from him. should i ring up and complain or just assume he made a simple mistake?????
post #11 of 14
DO ring.. can you ask for a specific vet or was this a ER clinic??
post #12 of 14
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i can ask for my specific vet, he normally treats my dogs as he is meant to be the "dog expert" there and the guy that saw Murfie is MEANT to be the cat expert haha go figure!
post #13 of 14
well if the "cat expert " is that way I would rather have the dog one for my cat
post #14 of 14
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yes same here! i called up today and gave them a piece of my mind. the "dog" vet actually saved my shih tzu's life last year after a near fatal car accident so i trust him 150%. luckily he was there today when i called and was horrified at the lack of attention murfie was given thurs night. he said for me to bring her in this thurs for a free check up by him personally and he will make sure she is progressing as she is supposed to!
Im pretty sure the allergy is what has called all this fuss as she wouldnt have scratched her eye had she not been allergic but only time will tell right!
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