Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food Allergies

Chris asks…

food for a dog with allergy?

I belive my dog as inhalant allergy what do I feed her. she might have a food allergy.

Jimmy answers:

Food allergies can be kinda tricky sometimes. Unless you know exactly what your dog is allergic to, you may have to switch foods a few times before finding one that works for her. When looking for a food you want to stay away from by-products, ground yellow corn, and any artificial flavors or colors. Also try to stick with a food with only one protein source. And if she is currenty on a chicken based diet switch her to a lamb or venison diet. Nutro makes an excellent food. No ground yellow corn, which is a filler and a big allergen among pups. No by-products, which can include heads, feet and intestines. Nutro also has the highest levels of essential fatty acids (Omega 3 & 6) to help promote healthy skin and coat and also reduce shedding. They are actually the only company that I know of the guarantees healthy skin & coat. And all of their foods are 100% guaranteed! So give it a few weeks, if you don’t notice a difference, return the food (with your receipt), and get your money back.

Hope this helps!

Paul asks…

Need help with my dog..may have food allergies?

I have a beagle. He is about a year and a half old. He is so itchy all the time. I He is miserable. He bites and licks his paws a lot. He scratches his belly all the time and his ears a really red. I’m convinced he has a food allergy. I feed him pedigree beef or chicken. He always has treats with both in it. I don’t have a lot of money and I need some different dog food or some tips because I hate seeing him like this. I haave taken him to the vet. They gave pills that made him sick. Something needs to chance. Please be serious. I need good answers here. Thank you.

Jimmy answers:

Try a quality food with lamb as the main ingredient. Lamb is very non allergenic
Did your dog have any allergy tests-it’s just a blood draw and not too expensive. My cat had it done recently and he is allergic to chicken, eggs, turkey
Hard to deal with in multi cat home! BUt he is doing better

Could also get a course of prednisolone to help take inflammation down

Donald asks…

Is this a dog food allergy?

I have a Golden Retriever and a GSD and I suspect the Retriever is having food allergies.

Since a year ago, I’ve switched to Go Natural Chicken. They filled out nicely with the formula, and they have great coats. However for the past 2 months, the retriever has been scratching all the time. He also licks his paws a lot and bites different parts of his body to scratch.

I’ve checked and there are no open wounds caused by the scratching.

Well, is it likely that he is allergic to the chicken, which shall prompt me to switch to a different variant such as Go Natural Duck or Salmon, or is it a grain allergy, which shall prompt me to switch to Go Natural Grain Free Endurance–grain free but has chicken?

Which is the more common dog allergen: chicken or grains*?

*Go Natural Chicken grains are: brown and white rice, and oatmeal.

Jimmy answers:

In my experience, grain is a more common dog allergen than chicken. However, there are other possibilities. When you switched to Go Natural Chicken a year ago, what did you switch *from*? If it wasn’t another Go Natural product, it’s possible that the culprit is some other ingredient. Even if the food is all-natural as the name suggests, there are probably other ingredients that are common to most or all Go Natural dog food formulas, and one of those may be the cause of the allergic reaction. Or it could be something else entirely, like a cleaning product that you use on the floors, carpets, or furniture.

My recommendation would be to first switch to Grain Free Endurance for a few weeks, and if that doesn’t work, then to Salmon (rather than Duck, just to rule out a general allergy to fowl). If neither of those work, then try another brand entirely, or try to change the cleaning products that you use on the carpets, floors, and furniture that your retriever is exposed to.

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