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    Acana Singles vs Hills Prescribed DD

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    Pippa has been on Hills Prescribed (DD) for Food/Skin sensitivities for about a month as part of her elimination diet for her horrible allergies. When not on this, hubby and I would literally need to rush her to the vet at least once a week for a flare up needing to be treated with steroids and treatment.

    Our last big episode was on a Sunday evening with some of the spots having developed pustules and poor Pips totally not herself. After that, we moved her over onto the Hills and she does seem to be much better although not completely itch and breakout free.

    We add boiled chicken twice a day as a means to hide her anti-histamine tablets however I am 99% sure this gives her horribly runny poos. The Hills actually causes constipation and she only goes once a day and struggles. We are doing our best to find what's best for her but I hate that the only testing options in South Africa are a 3 month elimination diet (if that one protein exclusion doesn't work, then another 3 months without a different protein, and another three months...), and to put the price into perspective - it costs more than an average person's monthly salary and may not be 100% conclusive. Her hair is currently on the way for testing in the UK and will keep everyone updated when she gets her results and provide the company's details should we recommend it, fingers crossed!!!

    I really don't like the ingredients of the Hills DD (duck) - the main ingredient is cereal and there are a million very scientific (in my mind 'fake') sounding ingredients included. I feel like they merely spray the cereal pellets with duck flavour. She seems to tolerate it and eat what she needs to stay satisfied but before this she was on Acana Puppy & Junior and devoured it. I'd like to believe it's because of the taste and quality of ingredients.

    I'd really like to get her back on the Acana, possibly the Duck & Pear or another Single depending on her results. Has anyone else here had a puppo with horrible allergic reactions that seemed to disappear on any Acana or Orijen ranges???

    Any advice would be appreciated as I want the best for my girl.

    Unfortunately raw isn't an option right now as she hasn't taken to this previously and its been a very rough ride to try another novel solution right now.

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    Re: Acana Singles vs Hills Prescribed DD

    UGH... Hills is crap, you are 100% correct. if you can get pure canned pumpkin, ad some to her food to help with the constipation. I am all for getting off the Hills and on Acana... if you can get it, and definitely start with the duck and pear. Keep a log and make note of any changes so you can track what reactions, if any she has during the process. Elimination diet is the best way to find the issue however it is a long and expensive process.

    If you need to 'hide' pills try a piece of watermelon or small amount of plain vanilla ice cream... since they are cold, the pup tends to just swallow and not chew

    GOOD LUCK... and please keep us posted

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    Re: Acana Singles vs Hills Prescribed DD

    I agree with Christine. Get off the Hills and switch to the Acana. Food issues can be very time consuming and frustrating to figure out. Single protein, limited ingredient diets are the best as then if there is an issue, it is easier to pinpoint the cause.

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