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Well, here it is:

My boy is allergic to:

Barley
Rice
Beef
Oat
Lamb
Milk
Rabbit

As far as some inhallant allergies:

2 types of grasses
3 types of weeds
4 types of trees
5 types of fungus

Indoor :
4 (including Tobacco smoke)

The house fly and the flea!
I have a list of commercial dry & wet foods to choose from. Haven't had a chance to review them yet. But very interesting.
 

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Goodness gracious...he's allergic to the world! Poor boy!

~Heather
 

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Barley
Rice
Beef
Oat
Lamb
Milk
Rabbit
Result of blood or skin testing for food allergies are not reliable, They are however generaly effective on diagnosing atopy(contact and inhalent) alergies


Food allergies

There is no evidence that blood tests are accurate for the diagnosis of food allergies. Veterinary dermatologists insist that there is no merit in these tests whatsoever in the diagnosis of food allergies. The only way to accurately diagnose food allergies is with a food trial

... While the intradermal skin testing is excellent for diagnosing atopy (inhalant allergies) it is ineffective for food allergies. While specialized blood tests can be used to help in the diagnosis of atopy, they have no benefit in diagnosing food allergies. In our review of all the current books and articles on veterinary dermatology and allergies, we could not find a single dermatologist that endorsed anything other than the food trial as an effective diagnostic aid. If you want to diagnose and treat food allergies you must do a food trial.
Food allergies

Blood tests such as RAST test or ELISA test can be performed to diagnose food allergies. In addition, an intradermal skin testing can also be performed. Although these tests are routinely performed and used as a diagnostic aid, there is no evidence that these tests are reliable for the diagnosis of food allergies. Food trial is the only effective diagnostic aid for food allergies.
Food allergies
Skin tests are rapid, simple, and relatively safe.
A person can have a positive skin test to a food allergen, however, without experiencing allergic reactions to that food. A doctor diagnoses a food allergy only when the patient has a positive skin test to a specific allergen and the history suggests an allergic reaction to the same food.

In those situations where skin tests cannot be done, a doctor may use blood tests such as the RAST and the ELISA. These tests measure the presence of food-specific IgE antibodies in the blood of patients, but they cost more than skin tests, and the results are not available immediately. As with positive skin tests, positive blood tests make the diagnosis of a specific food allergy only when the clinical history is compatible
So a possitve reaction to a food that the dog was never exposed to is a clear indication of the relative unreliability of skin and blood testing for food allergies.

Diagnostic Testing of Dog for Food Hypersensitivity
Low sensitivity and high specificity were found for skin testing and the ELISA. indicating a lack of true-and false-positive reactions, Neither the positive nor negative predictive values adequately predicted positive and negative reactions, respectively for either test.
 

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You are right that the allergy testing is never 100% accurate but I did get it done at cost :D and wanted to know what inhallant allergies he has. R & S are coming home tomorrow. They've been at the breeders house for 10 days while we were on vacation for a week. I'm also keeping Johnny, he is one of the breeders dogs. He'll probably stay for a few weeks :D:D
 
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