Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food Allergies

William asks…

Dog Food……is it Allergies?

my dog Lilly has a wierd reaction to a certaion brand of dogfood and I am trying a new brand right now…

the old brand was ol’roy and she coughed and lost ALOT of wieght when she ate it… was it allergies?

im trying come’n'get it dog food and my other dog Rosey is doing it with this brand…….and she is a sienior so I need some suggestions for senior dogs too…

but I want to know why that is happening does anyone know?

and do you have any suggestions for ANY foods for my dogs??

I have never dealt with allergies and dogs so IDK how to tell what they are..

lilly is a golden retriever and rosey is a husky/german shepard/rotty

Jimmy answers:

Ol’ Roy is the worst of the worst. I’m not surprised that your dog had problems on it. It could have been allergies to a named ingredient on the “food” , or it could have just been something in their mystery fillers that caused her to do badly on it and not really allergy related. You should speak to your vet about the possibility of allergy problems.
Here is a site that will show you which dog foods are the best and the worst. I suggest that you get any one of the dog foods that are top rated.


Most of grocery store dog food formulas, like IAMS, Pedigree, Science Diet, Purina,and etc contain “meat and bone meal” which has been known to contain dead dogs and cats that were euthanized in animal shelters. Their bodies are picked up and bought by the truck load by “rendering plants” , that also pick up road kill, dead live stock, and etc. They are shredded, and boiled. They skim off the fat on the top of the “soup” and collected it and sell it to pet food companies as “animal fat”, the rest of the animals’ remains are crushed up, dried and sold to dog and cat food companies as meat and bone meal.
You can read more about it here.


Here is an article where the owner of a rendering plant talks about it. He says that cremating the dead shelter animals would cause pollution, and that rendering them is good.


Here is further information on what you shouldn’t see in the ingredients list in your dog’s food.


Top rated dog foods like Canidae contain good healthy ingredients.

Sharon asks…

does my dog have scabies or food allergy?

I have a 9month old pit mix. recently she’s been scratching so much to the point that her armpit bleeds and her legs are loosing hair and are very flaky. it started two days after i changed her dog food (i changed her dog food about 5 days ago). the primary ingredients of her dog food are wheat and soy then after that meat. her previous dog food was mostly meat then a little soy. im thinking this is food allergy bcos of what i read b4. so i stopped giving her dog food since yesterday and i cook for her instead.but then im scared it might be scabies. i dont really know what to do. i dont have the money to go to the vet since im just a teenager and my mom will not spend that much of money for my dog. how do i know if it’s just food allergy or scabies? perhaps there are tests that i can do to her? and what should i do to treat her? pls recommend the affordable ones or even better, natural ones. and pls dont lecture me about being an irresponsible pet owner or whatever. i need help not scolding. thanks.

Jimmy answers:

Dogs cannot get scabies.

There is no scientific proof that any dog is capable of getting Celiac disease (gluten sensitivity).

However, there are volumes of proof that most dog food allergies are from protein sources with the most common being beef, chicken, and lamb.
I suggest you switch back to the food you were using first as the problem started prior to switching. If the problem persists, you should start an elimination diet with the help of your vet.
This will include limiting their diets to low allergens and/or alternative protein sources for several weeks then gradually adding new things and watching for a reaction.

Seeing as you state you are on a limited budget, invest a little and buy a low allergen food from the vet and then save so you can afford the basic necessities you will require for the dog like vaccinations and neutering/spaying.

Charles asks…

my dog is very sensitive to food, what can i feed her that wont break her out with allergies?

my peekingese is very sensitive to food. I need to find a dog food that I can buy to feed her that will be safe for her. She seems to be allergic to just about everything. I was fixing her food fresh but it got to be to much for me to do. help

Jimmy answers:

It is very difficult to assess the cause of allergies in dogs – often it isn’t the food (people often blame corn or soy, but these types of allergies aren’t very common). If changing the food isn’t helping her, it probably isn’t the food. If your veterinarian doesn’t have any helpful advice, I would suggest a limited ingredient diet, such as Natural Balance (but be careful about the recent recalls). The less ingredients, the better. Science Diet also makes a prescription diet for allergies – it is expensive and isn’t considered to have high quality ingredients, but if she’s having a true food issue, it may help. If the fresh food you fixed for her didn’t make a difference, I would contend that food allergies are not her problem, because chances are that the fresh foods didn’t contain any preservatives or unknowns.

She could be allergic to something outside or to external pests, such as fleas. In the meantime, there is a shot available at veterinary clinics that can help with allergy symptoms.

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