Hypoallergenic Dog Foods


Hypoallergenic dog foods typically share one of three basic dietary designs:
Dog with Allergies and Scratching

  • Limited ingredient diets
  • Novel ingredient diets
  • Prescription or veterinary diets

First, because they contain fewer components, limited ingredient dog foods can make it easier to pin down the specific allergen to which a pet may be allergic.

Next, novel ingredient dog foods contain components the animal might not have been previously exposed to — so, therefore, less less likely to be sensitive to.

These foods contain obscure ingredients — like buffalo, pheasant, kangaroo or millet.

And finally, prescription or veterinary dog foods are diets that have been designed to contain hypoallergenic ingredients.

And as the names suggest, these products are typically prescribed and sold by veterinarians.

Most Common Allergens

Most hypoallergenic dog foods are designed to avoid the use of ingredients most likely to provoke an allergic reaction.

According to online pet food retailer, Drs. Foster and Smith, the most common canine food allergens include:

  • Beef
  • Dairy
  • Chicken
  • Lamb
  • Fish
  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Yeast

Surprisingly, dogs aren’t naturally allergic to many of these items. It’s just that these are the ingredients most commonly used in dog food recipes.

So, they’re simply the ones dogs are most frequently exposed to.

And many times, it’s not even the ingredients that are the problem. Dogs can also be allergic to what’s in the ingredients, too.

Why Food May Not Be the Cause
of Your Dog’s Allergies

Contrary to popular belief, food isn’t the primary cause of a canine allergies.

According to Drs. Foster and Smith, food allergies account for just 10% of all canine allergies. They’re only the third most common cause — ranked well behind fleas and atopic (non-contact) allergies.

Yet food is the first to be blamed whenever a dog shows any sign of an allergic reaction — like itchy skin.

And that begs the question: Is it really an allergy in the first place?

Food Allergy
or Food Intolerance?

Food allergies and food intolerances are considered two different issues.

A food allergy occurs when a dog’s immune system mistakenly identifies a particular food ingredient as harmful. And then creates defensive antibodies to fight the invading enemy (the food).

A food intolerance is a digestive problem rather than an immune response. An intolerance occurs when a dog’s digestive system is unable to digest a specific ingredient.

For example, lactose intolerance is a common condition in which a dog is unable to break down lactose (a sugar found in milk).

Different Conditions
with Different Symptoms

The symptoms of an allergy can include skin rash, hives, itching, paw biting, obsessive licking and sometimes nausea or vomiting.

The signs of food intolerance include (mainly) digestive distress, gas, bloating, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

Again, let’s use milk as an example…

A milk intolerance would look more like gastric distress. This can include symptoms like gas, bloating or diarrhea.

However, a true milk allergy would produce an immune reaction (for example, itching or a rash).

The Bottom Line

If you believe your pet is suffering from a food intolerance or a food allergy, you may wish to consider feeding a commercial dog food that’s been specifically designed to help manage these issues.

At the end of this article, you’ll find two lists — one includes a group of hypoallergenic dog foods prescribed by veterinarians and another using limited ingredient recipes.

These lists should not be considered a complete catalog of all hypoallergenic foods available.

In fact, if you know of a specific dog food you believe we should have included on these lists, please feel free to share your suggestions in the Comments section below.

Or if you’re looking for some suggestions yourself, be sure to look through our readers’ comments below to find some good ideas.

Veterinary Hypoallergenic Dog Foods

The following veterinary dog foods are marketed as hypoallergenic. However, readers are encouraged to consult a veterinarian before feeding these products.

Suggested Limited
Ingredient Dog Foods

The following limited ingredient dog foods may be helpful in tracking down specific allergens. However, these products are listed here only because of claims made by each manufacturer.

A Final Word

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The Dog Food Advisor does not test dog food products.

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Although it's our goal to ensure all the information on this website is correct, we cannot guarantee its completeness or its accuracy; nor can we commit to ensuring all the material is kept up-to-date on a daily basis.

Each review is offered in good faith and has been designed to help you make a more informed decision when buying dog food.

However, due to the biological uniqueness of every animal, none of our ratings are intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific dietary response or health benefit for your pet.

For a better understanding of how we analyze each product, please read our article, "The Problem with Dog Food Reviews".

Remember, no dog food can possibly be appropriate for every life stage, lifestyle or health condition. So, choose wisely. And when in doubt, consult a qualified veterinary professional for help.

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  • Crazy4dogs

    Thanks for sharing Lynda Le! I’ve used the Providine Iodine mixture when my dogs have had skin issues also and have had the same results! While mine were not as severe as yours, it definitely worked to clear up any yeasty or bacterial skin problems! :)

  • Lynda Le

    It’s been a year since I first posted my question. I want to give an update on the situation. I hope this will help others too. Please keep in mind that this does not replace medical care and if your dog is sick or uncomfortable then he/she needs to see a vet. My dog received the best care but I drew the line at steroids which led me to this site. He never “suffered” with allergy symptoms, actually he never had any uncomfortableness but the staph infection was unmanageable on his face.
    To summarize my issue: my dog consistently get hives. Allergy shots/allergy oral meds on top of antihistamines did not resolve his allergies. When he gets flare ups, his hives become infected with Staph bacteria. He would be on antibiotic 3-4 times a year for weeks at a time. Food changes did not help. The vets’ only recommendation left was steroids.
    What I found worked for me: I searched through the internet many times before but for some reason I never came across this site. (I want to say it’s Dr Mercola- I don’t have it available). The page said to wipe down your dog with a few drops of Povidone Iodine mixed with water (tea color consistency) one/twice a day. I started doing that and so far my dog hasn’t had any flare ups. I barely use his monthly injections! If I notice he’s starting to get hives I quickly wipe his face, body, paws with the mixture and in a day or two it heals and no infection! We have not had the need for antibiotics this year even through the peak of allergy season.
    I did continue to keep the changes I made at the end of last year. I still give him ACV, coconut oil both to eat and on his fur, fish oil, probiotics, kefir and yogurt. I haven’t started his raw back again due to time constraints. He misses the raw a lot but for now I feed him Earthborn – meadow Feast. I hope this helps any dog owner struggling with similar issues.

  • Dori

    Deb, the canned pumpkin to use is plain NOT the pumpkin pie filling. It’s entirely dangerous and will definitely make matters worse. The pumpkin pie filling has sugars and other additives. The other canned pumpkin is plain. It’s the one we all use for this situations with our canines. Just wanted to give you a heads up.

  • Deb Tucker

    Something to get her bowels in better shape is pumpkin, the same as you make pie with. The suggested amount for a 50lb. dog is a tablespoon twice a day.
    I’m sure you’ll find information on the internet to help you find the right amount for your dog. Best of luck to both of you.

  • 3DogMama

    I have a 13 year old Shih Tzu who developed allergies about 5 or 6 years ago to chicken, turkey, venison, beef, sweet potato, and potato…and lamb. She also has environmental allergies to dust, ragweed pollen, grass, etc. Poor thing was on cyclosporine for a while which helps but can present risks if on it for too long. (Similar to apoquel from what I understand)
    We use Animal Essentials enzyme/probiotic mix, as well as Sold Gold Sea Meal, and fish oils as supplement. Plus an antihistamine as recommended by vet. PHEW! Feeding her any commercial food has been challenging. We switched to purchasing raw ground quail or rabbit from a local “pet food deli” and using a small portion of chopped up frozen organic broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. She loves that – but it is inconvenient to buy (long drive from home), can spoil if not used quickly enough – and I don’t know if I’m providing the right meat/fat/carbohydrate ratios.
    We recently discovered Cocolicious Wild Caught Salmon & Pork from Party Animal. She’s almost through a case and seems to be doing okay. (Fall season is on us so when she IS itchy we can’t be sure what from…) We will see the vet again soon to report on this and see what she says. it is grain free, no preservatives, colors, corn, wheat, soy. Has coconut oil (which I usually supplement with too)
    I thought I would share in case it is helpful to someone…and to see if anyone else has tried this…?

  • Susan

    When your dog has yeast infection they smell like a yeasty corn chips, their paws, skin & ears smell, does your dog smell within 4 days after a bath??

  • trigirl703

    Thanks… I’ll definitely look into it!

  • trigirl703

    Thanks so much!

  • trigirl703

    Thank you!

  • Debi Taylor

    Thank You, I found the 2 links very informative.

  • Harley My Harley

    I did speak to the vet about testing but we went with the Apoquel. This is what is working and I think we will stick with it. Thanks for responding!

  • Harley My Harley

    We just started that now too! He was on pred but was drinking sooo much water he couldn’t hold it and started peeing on the floor before we could get him outside. It seems to be working and we might have to keep him on that for the rest of his life…but at least he is more comfortable! Thanks for responding!

  • Ei

    Hi – my dog was the same and the vet put her on Apoquel which has less side affects than prednisone and she is much more comfortable now

  • Ei

    I have tried everything, then my vet put her on Apoquel – instant relief – happier dog

  • JeremyScott10

    Wysong makes a supplement for anorectic or sick dogs but not sure of the ingredients. You can contact them to find out more.

    I give probiotics and enzymes to my maltese with allergies/IBS….alternate between Mercola and Animal Essentials. Also add a few teaspoons of pumpkin or Honest Kitchen Perfect Form which helps with loose stools. Always read labels first.

    A lot of people got good results with this probiotic:

    We gradually went raw using freeze dried foods that are rehydrated with water, plus home cooking.

    I would not give any more vaccines, and avoid chemical flea, tick, heartworm chemicals, scented laundry detergent, fabric softener, air fresheners, etc. Synthetic chemicals weaken the immune system and can aggravate symptoms and anxiety.

    Good book: Scared Poopless

    I would also do a phone consultation with Dr. Karen Becker. a holistic vet.

  • Ei

    Hi – Apoquel from the vets gave my dog instant relief and she is now much more comfortable

  • Ei

    Hi – my dog is the same – the vet has put her on – apoquel – instant
    relief – she is much more
    comfortable – good luck

  • Ei

    Hi – my dog is the same – the vet has put her on – apoquel – instant relief – less side effects than prednisone – she is much more comfortable – good luck

  • Dori

    I would suggest that you start off by eliminating the typically obvious triggers which generally are fowl in all their forms, grains, corn, soy, white potatoes, white rice. Avoid all night shade veggies as they are all pro inflammatory. My suggestion as to food would be to try a single protein food and keep your dog on it for a couple of weeks or so at minimum unless of course your dog gets worse. It will take a little while for your dog to get whatever allergens he’s sensitive to out of his system. A good one to try is Acana Singles. Just keep in mind, and keep the bag, what protein you are getting. Try one your dog hasn’t had before. Then move on from there if you have no success with that protein. Another of the triggers, so I’ve heard, is beef. I will tell you that beef is one of the food proteins that my allergy, sensitive and intolerant girl does very well on. It’s all very individual and a matter of trial and error and patience. It took me a good couple of years to eliminate all the ingredients out of Katie’s diet that she was having issues with. That was about 4 1/2 years ago and she is now symptom free and loving life. It’s a long road. I will tell you not to let your allopathic vet put your dog on steroids or antibiotics. That will make matters much worse and prolong the process of getting down to the underlying issue. They will only mask the symptoms and once off drugs all the symptoms return because the problem was never addressed.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi trigirl703-

    Here are a couple of links that have suggestions on fresh foods that can be added to your pup’s meal. Of course assuming she is not allergic to any of it.



    I add fresh, canned or frozen food to most of my dogs’ meals. The first link is actually to a down load that costs around $3 that I found very helpful to get me started on feeding my dogs healthier.

    Good luck!

  • trigirl703

    I have an 8 yr old female Maltese who has been battling food allergies/intolerance for 4 years. We did a blood test and found that she is allergic to beef, corn, chicken, eggs and yeast. I retested her and she showed only beef and wheat (wheat was a new one that didn’t show up in the first test). She does not have any itching… she has diarrhea and vomiting. The vet told me to put her on Hill’s z/d ultra, which we did. The diarrhea and vomiting went away, but about a month of being on it she was very bloated and lethargic and wasn’t herself. We then came across Purina HA, and put her on that. Same thing: did well on it for about a month, her bloating went away but the diarrhea was back (no vomiting), but she’s a little on the thin side, hungry, and more anxious (I suspect because she’s hungry and not getting enough nutrients). This is what prompted a retest for allergies; the vet said her allergies may have shifted. This is when beef and wheat showed up as the primary allergies, and chicken as secondary ones. He put her on prednisone (prednisolone) to help her stools and calm down her belly and bowels, and she is having normal stools, but her hair is thinning. The vet does not want to keep her on this med long term. However, the problem still remains: I don’t feel either hypoallergenic food is good enough for her, and I feel she’s deprived of enough nutrients. She’s still thin and bony and anxious. If z/d or purina HA are my only options, I’d at least like to supplement that with more proteins, carbs and fats. I’ve started adding a little olive oil to her food 3 times a week. Any suggestions at all for how to supplement, or a food I can try? I’m very hesitant to try too much or to change too much, for fear of aggravating her little belly any more and to save on vet bills, etc… and her little body just can’t keep going through this. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for any suggestions. I’m desperate to help my little girl.

  • Lauri

    Thanks so much. I will check it out.

  • Linda

    A holistic veterinarian will be your best bet to getting to the bottom of an allergy problem as a regular vet will only prescribe antibiotics and steroids never getting to the bottom of your problem.
    Baths are your friend. Just don’t use an oatmeal shampoo(in case of allergy to oatmeal) and rinse very well. Use Selsun Blue or generic of, but must have selenium sulfide 1% in it. Lather and let stay on 7 minutes. Do not let dog lick it. The shampoo will kill yeast. You may have to bath twic
    e a week till you get condition under control. Use one cup white vinegar to one gallon of water as final rinse and blow dry. Don’t get in eyes, on anus or genital areas as it will sting like alcohol, raw places too. Don’t rub rinse off with a towel dry. The vinegar will make the skin inhospitable to yeast. I use a vinegar rinse now instead of baths to keep my boy’s skin allergies under control..
    Sign up for Dr. Karen Becker’s articles on h
    olistic care methods.

  • Jay516

    Maybe it’s a yeast infection? My chihuahua has that issue. I say eliminate any and all foods that contain potatoes. Google yeast infection in dogs and see if those are the symptoms your dog has. Also try to bathe her with an anti bacterial/anti fungal dog shampoo and conditioner. I did this with my dog and it truly saved him. Sometimes vets aren’t the answer to every problem. They can make it worse. Google a diet for dogs with yeast infection and take it from there. Also try extra virgin coconut oil for her food. It really helps their skin!! Good luck! I hope she gets better. I know she must be miserable:-(

  • Lauri

    I have a lab mix that suffers horribly from skin conditions. I am fairly certain that it is a food allergy. She scratches and bites her feet constantly. I give her benadryl every night just so we both can rest. I need some help tracking down her allergies. Please help me, help my pup.

  • Shawna

    Interesting that that’s the part about Cayce that you chose to focus on. Doesn’t surprise me though.

    Yes, we definitely are shaped by the experiences we have. Science based medicine has failed me, and my family and friends, over and over again. But whose counting. :)

  • aimee

    I know you ran the GPH test and though you likely won’t view your experience with it as I would, I view it as a self reported testimonial. There was no twisting of words just a difference of how we perceive things.

    When you did your muscle test was every item in every bag the exact same size, shape and weight? Did you use a control ….say water? Were multiples of the same item used and all items tested repeatedly and blindly in random fashion? Did you calculate specificity and sensitivity?

    For example the sensitivity was ~ 40 % and specificity was~ 60% when applied kinesiology was used to differentiate wasp venom from placebo in individuals with confirmed wasp venom allergy. In other words no better than random guessing.


    I myself have been muscle tested. I was “diagnosed” as having a problem with my spleen. I just did it for a giggle .. kinda like when I had a psychic reading. I was lying on my back and there were two people in the room. One passed his hand over me and that person’s other arm strength was being measured by the second person. That was over 20 years ago and so far no clinical splenic concern has ever been identified but as I didn’t follow up and use the prescribed herb to cure me of my affliction any day now I may become clinical : )

    Oh I’ve had pedulum testing too.. to find out how many children I was to have and what their sexes would be. The dang thing kept going and after 9 boys and counting I told the practitioner I was bored LOL I have a single child… a daughter.

    We are shaped by the experiences we have aren’t we!

    Interesting how Cayce was diagnosing people who were already dead.

  • Shawna

    Thanks Susan!!!

    Dori, one of my friends here on DFA, has had both tests done. In all fairness, the Dodds test was done quite some time back before the newer data was on the test (it only tests for a limited number of foods but is growing all the time). Dori found the Glacier Peaks test to be far more accurate and even found one food that she did not know was problematic — cucumber.

    Would very much like to hear the results when you have them!!!!!

  • Shawna

    “In some promotional materials the test is described as applied kinesiology and in others as DNA biofeedback.” This question I actually do know the answer to. Initially Debe did muscle testing but it got too time consuming as they grew so the machine was introduced. Debe still does the muscle testing to determine the Bach Flower remedies test they also do.

    “Rely on testimonials” – Please read my comment. You are truly a master at twisting words. You’ve been called out on that before.. I stated “I am now, more than ever”. You full well know that I had the test done myself (first hand experience) as well as had close friends and respected group members critique the test. The vets at the seminar were icing on the cake, if you will.

    In regards to your story about power bracelets — that was a lot of words just to reiterate what I had already said “Although both of those things could have been artificially influenced, I decided to purchase it”

    Not all muscle testing can be influenced however. My chiropractor used to have you lie on your stomache (I’ve told this story here before but you must have missed it). I would come in with products in brown paper bags and then those in a larger paper bag. I nor the doctor knew what was in each bag and my daughter would take a bag and place it on my back (she also didn’t know what was in the bags). When placed on my back, one leg would go long for a positive result. The other leg would shorten which indicated, on me, a negative result or the legs would stay neutral. How do you suppose I or the good doctor influenced that?

    Since you seem to have all the answers maybe you can explain how Hanna Kruegar got reliable results from a pendulum when recommend herbs for people? Or how Edgar Cayc diagnosed illness while in a trance?

  • aimee

    It will be interesting to see how the results compare.

  • aimee

    Shawna, I’ve never doubted that you were representing the company for them.

    In some promotional materials the test is described as applied kinesiology and in others as DNA biofeedback. Neither tells me what is being measured. I fail to understand how a machine ( no muscle) generate a report based on muscle testing? Since you use kinesiology maybe you can explain it to me.

    I didn’t realize that your response regarding testimonials was what convinced you it works as testimonials are so inaccurate. It just didn’t occur to me that anyone would rely on testimonials to convince themselves of anything. I thought maybe they had some data on hand.

    In regards to power bracelets lots say/said they work but to date no controlled studies show any effect on balance or strength. Didn’t the founding company end up folding after payout out millions?

    Several years ago there was a power band stand set up in the mall aisle over holidays. I watched for a while as person after person was convinced “it worked” after being muscle/balance tested both without and with wearing the band.

    A boy was tested with his parent’s approval and like those before him after giving him the band the tester could no longer throw him off balance.

    The tester announced to the crowd how strong and in balance he now was then asked the boy what did he think. He said, paraphrased “well after you gave me the bracelet but I tossed it aside so I think it is a bunch of baloney”

    Indeed it was on the floor many feet away from him. I never saw him toss it. Apparently neither did the person testing him. Kudo’s to him for exposing the myth to all the bystanders.

    I stole the kid’s idea when I was invited to test one at a dog expo. They were being sold to put on your dog’s collar to increase agility performance.

    Just like the boy, the tester easily threw me off balance when I didn’t have band and could not when “I had it” When I pointed it out that I tossed the product he said that I must just be very sensitive and that the display collars affected me. Umm but I was just as close to the display collars when he tested me for my pre testing. LOL

    Formal studies have followed and no effect was ever been found https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22027848

    Kinesiology doesn’t fare much better when practitioners are blinded https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3372923

    Everything “works” which is why controlled studies are needed. The placebo effect is strong

  • Susan Weyrauch

    I have several customers at my dog supply shop who have found the Glacier Peaks test helpful also. I’ve wanted to find someone who has used both tests to see if they yield the same results, and now finally, someone has administered both. We’re waiting for the NutriScan results. Stay tuned.

  • Shawna

    Here’s one http://www.hemopet.org/hemolife-diagnostics/nutriscan-food-sensitivity-intolerance.html

    Here’s the other http://www.glacierpeakholistics.com/More-Than-an-Allergy-Test_p_80.html

    I personally used and have friends that used the Glacier Peaks test with excellent results.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Shawna,

    I’m not jumping into this discussion, but there is someone with a CRF dog on the forum side that I’m sure you could offer more suggestions than I have. Thanks! Here’s the link:


  • Shawna

    Morning aimee,

    Is it really that difficult to believe that I may have been invited to help out due to my personal experience with and understanding of food sensitivities?

    “hair and saliva” – again, not sure but I believe DogFoodie already mentioned that the instructions in the packet suggest swabbing the cheek.

    “what exactly is being measured” – I don’t know how energetic imprinting works so……… I dare not say quantum physics might help define this question though, do I? I also don’t know how muscle testing, which is also quantum physics apparently, works but I have witnessed, and regularly use, it.

    “What did you learn that convinced you of the usefulness of the test?” I apologize, I thought I answered that with the next sentence in my statement – “Not only was the test hugely received and recommended by vets already using but so were the herbals.” There was actually only a handful of vets currently recommending the test that I personally spoke with. There were several that said their clients had used the test and discussed it with them and then there were MANY that were interested, after hearing about it from Traci, in trying it. It may simply be that these people are used to working with modalities and products that mainstream, and science even, seem to poo poo? They use garlic, homeopathics and energy healing OH MY….. :)

    “power band energy bracelets” – I have several of them. Honestly, I didn’t notice any profound benefits from them. It’s mostly athletes that recommend them (I got two of mine from a sporting goods store) so maybe they would have more insight as to improvements in performance, pain management etc.

    That said, I purchased a metal and stone bracelet last summer that I haven’t taken off since I got it (except to bath). The bracelet itself is nothing more than tungsten but inlaid on the underside of the metal is two different kinds of stone and one other metal. Within a few seconds of trying it on the back pain I was experiencing from having dairy the day before started to ease. I was also muscle tested as it is supposed to redirect negative energy from cell phones etc. Although both of those things could have been artificially influenced, I decided to purchase it — it WAS NOT cheap. My girlfriend got one too. A week later we discussed our results and both had the same results. Seemed to have less pain (normal aging) but both of us noticed a profound improvement from the pain experienced with overexertion. I wear flip flops all summer long (even to work and to go walking) — not great foot support. I used to have calf and foot pain after spending the previous day on my feet (cleaning, shopping, walking trails etc). With the bracelet on I have not even once experienced leg and foot pain no matter what activity I did the day before. I don’t know how or why it works (guessing it’s energy emitted from the stones — which I can’t even remember which stones they are) but I do know for me and Judy, they do work.

    I also have amethyst and other crystals. My grandkids, myself and Audrey have/had amber necklaces. I have salt lamps and use essential oils A LOT. Etc etc etc

  • RangerDanger

    Where do you get those tests at?

  • el doctor

    Hi Stephanie, welcome to DFA!

    Sorry to hear about your troubles. There are a couple of things I would like you to consider. You said your dog did ok with Venison for a little while. There are ingredients in dog foods, especially kibbles that could be responsible for making your dog sensitive to the Venison that she was ok on in the beginning.

    Things like potatoes, wheat, green peas, etc, all contain lectins. Lectins in sensitive individuals (dogs or people) can cause leaky gut. Leaky gut can allow larger than normal particles of food into the bloodstream which can be attacked by your or your dog’s body as a foreign invader. This can cause a food sensitivity or allergy and voila, a dog that wasn’t previously sensitive to Venison (or any other meat) now is.

    Kibbles are especially bad because a lot of them use a significant amount of foods containing lectins and your dog can become overwhelmed, where if you fed a high quality starch free canned or fresh food diet, you could probably use small amounts of the offending foods in rotation without ever running into a food sensitivity.

    Good Luck with your pup 😉

  • Storm’s Mom

    Glad that you found something that works for your pup! Pure Vita Bison likely isn’t on this list because it’s not a limited ingredient food.

    Just based on the one symptom you mentioned (ear infections) potatoes could also have been a/the culprit, which Pure Vita also doesn’t have.

    You may want to look into topping the kibble with something like Tripett Green Buffalo Tripe to boost the animal protein in your dog’s diet, as Pure Vita Bison has very little of it.

  • Stephanie Jo Stachowiak

    My dog seems to be allergic to every meat except bison. I haven’t had the chance to try kangaroo yet. She did ok on Venison for a little bit but soon started to not tolerate that any ore either. But it was a huge improvement from the chicken. She also has problems with grains. She has had the worst ear infections for 6 years and I have finally pinned it down. No meat except bison and no grains. Watch the ingredients. Many foods have bison but then have chicken as the second ingredient. After 6 years of suffering and lots of trial and error we have finally found a food that works. Which is not on this list. I give her Nutri Source (Pure Vita) Bison and sweet potato. I swear by it!!! For the first 3 years of her life all she got was Purina puppy chow and then adult chow. I have learned the hard way. Feed your dogs only premium foods to say the least.

  • theBCnut

    I’ve know a few people that had dogs of known parentage that were typical for their breed, but the DNA tests said they were mixed breeds and most of them were supposedly part some obscure breed that isn’t even common here. But I’ve also known some whose results came back dead on.

  • InkedMarie

    thanks for explaining…

  • Pitlove

    Ah I gotcha. Well, nothing is perfect I guess.

  • Pitlove

    The breeder that we got him from was a backyard breeder. I didn’t realize it at the time, but after learning about them I know now. She told me he was an APBT with RazorsEdge bloodlines. RazorsEdge is not a bloodline that exists within the actually APBT breed. Its a bloodline for the new designer XXL pitbull breeds, American Bullies. RazorEdge, Gotti, Remyline. Those are not lines found in APBT’s. So thats the first thing I know she lied about. Secondly true APBT’s are actually not so much large breeds like Bentley is. Some are as small as 35lbs. Bentley weighs 65lbs and is at his ideal weight. According to the AKC, AmStaffs should not weigh more than 67 lbs, therefore I never allow him to go over that weight. When I look at pictures of APBT’s and AmStaff’s and when I watched Westminster- he looked exactly like an AmStaff to me.

    These new deformed huge pitbulls that we are starting to see are actually people crossing breeds like the Bandoge and different Mastiffs breeds like Presa Canarios to get these huge heads and stocky bodies. Its also creating more health problems for these dogs as well. Most people in the pitbull world can’t stand what they are doing to these dogs. They come with increased risks of hip dysplasia and respiratory issues.

    I don’t think she had anything to gain, I think she just doesn’t know what kind of pits she has lol.

  • Pitlove

    APBT’s were formed by crossing bulldogs with terrier breeds a long long time ago because bulldogs were good at fighting, but not agile enough. APBT’s were breed as working game dogs, but also as gladiators that excel in dog fighting and bull baiting. People who breed APBT’s now are trying to bred the animal aggression out of them to create better temperment, though some still breed them for dog fighting. Thus the horrible stereotypes they have.

    I did see Bentleys dad up close. His mom from far away. Neither were built like an APBT at all.

  • InkedMarie

    I’m not well versed in Pit types but I thought APBT’s weren’t a breed but a mix of other breeds….is that true?
    Did you see his parents?

  • aimee

    You don’t need to understand quantum physics to answer the questions.

    “why use hair and saliva when a much better source of DNA would be cheek swab as they use for genetic testing?

    what exactly is being measured to come up with an energetic imprint?

    What did you learn that convinced you of the usefulness of the test?

    “…do you think power band energy bracelets are useful? Why or why not?

    I’m beginning to think the phrase “quantum physics” is just something to throw around to make people think they can’t understand what is being done so that they won’t ask questions.

  • el doctor

    Yes, you’re right.

    Wisdom does have the American Staffordshire Terrier in it’s database.

    I don’t know if your breeder lied, but why do you think he would tell you it’s an American Pit Bull Terrier if it was an AmStaff? What would he gain by that. They’re both “Purebreds”.

    Either way the dog in your logo is very handsome and the only way I would hazard a guess is if he was more than 22 inches at the shoulder or more than 80 lbs, without being overweight.

    If he was either of those 2 things I would say he’s a pit bull because oversizing dogs does not seem to be the in thing with the AmStaff crowd.

    Otherwise, it is very difficult, if not impossible to make a determination on appearance alone.

  • Bobby dog

    I believe I also read about the same founder. If not, there is another founder of another DNA biofeedback machine out there that uses interesting terms to describe the process as well. His YouTube videos, especially when he sings, were truly entertaining. I have not had time to take a look at his marketing seminars.

    I do love Star Trek.

  • aimee

    The testing has limits. As I understand it a breed profiled in Canada may have very different SNP frequencies than the same bred profiled in the US. I was told that the more common the breed the larger the variation and the more likely that the breed will be “misread” as a different breed.

    So if a mix was profiled and say the sire or dam was a Lab who was imported from Canada the test had a high chance of not reporting Lab as being in the mix.

  • el doctor

    “How does prayer “work” aimee?”

    I’m not aimee, but to answer your question, “we” don’t know that it does “work”.

  • aimee

    I came across an explanation that invoked “subspace theory” never having heard of that before I asked my brilliant husband. He said I won’t find it in a cosmology book because it is a science fiction term taken from Star Trek. Then I found an article about the founder of said biofeedback machine and it said he was a huge Star Trek fan : )

  • el doctor

    Amen to that!

  • aimee

    Do you use a machine to pray? I do not. If/ when you invoke the physical you should be able to explain how or what is being done in physical terms.

  • Bobby dog

    Absolutely agree. I have yet had someone provide an explanation for DNA bio feedback without getting lost in the explanation they attempt to give.

    Yes, I find biofeedback very interesting and always enjoyed learning about it in psychology classes.

  • aimee

    I understand biofeedback in the realm of measuring muscle tension, BP, etc and see it as a valid tool. However, I can’t grasp this idea of DNA biofeedback and throwing around “sciencey” terms as if that is an adequate explanation doesn’t satisfy my need for understanding.

  • Pitlove

    An AmStaff

  • el doctor

    Hi Pitlove

    The Wisdom test does not have the APBT in it’s database at the moment, so it can’t tell you if Bentley is a pit bull or not.

    What breed do you think Bentley is, if not an American Pit Bull Terrier, or do you think he’s a pit bull cross?

  • Pitlove

    I believe that Bentley looks more like an American Staffordshire Terrier (which falls under the umbrella term pitbull) and not like an American Pitbull Terrier like the breeder told me. I was hoping it would either confirm or deny my thoughts on that. A Youtuber I watch a lot had the Wisdom panel done on her senior rescue Husky to find out if she was Husky or Malamute and it confirmed she was pure Husky.

    Also wow, a Dachshund coming back as a Husky? That is a huge error.

  • aimee

    I’ve done 2 dogs and know of a few others that have been tested. Chloe looked like she had a lot of Sheltie in her and she came back as one parent being Sheltie and the other of a mix that couldn’t be determined, so really didn’t advance my thoughts on her.

    A relative adopted a dog and I said I thought it was Great Pyr and Golden. The test came back as one parent being Pyr and the other being 1/2 lab and 1/2 unknown. So again it matched what the dog looked like.

    But the test isn’t without it errors. I heard of a dachshund purebred that came back a Siberian husky and my friends toy mix came back as having Russian wolfhound in the background. I don’t buy that but the dog came back as primarily toy fox terrier which made sense.

    I don’t think the test will really give you the information you are looking for see the FAQ’s http://www.wisdompanel.com/why_test_your_dog/faqs/

  • Bobby dog

    There are some training cd’s listed for various bio feedback systems. They also have various bio feedback machines listed. I was looking for an explanation on how samples are analyzed using a bio feedback machine and eBay came up in my search.

  • Pitlove

    Were you satisfied with your results from Wisdom? I’d been thinking about doing it for Bentley since I believe the breeder lied to me about him being an APBT. I had talked to my vet about it and she said it wouldn’t tell me what kind of pitbull he was just if he was purebred or not.

  • aimee

    No… but I’ll look.

  • Shawna

    How does prayer “work” aimee?

  • aimee

    Wisdom is a brand of breed analysis test. The collection device was a little brush.

  • Shawna

    No… When / if I ever understand quantum physics I’d be happy to though. I did “Like” Dr. Susan’s Clinic Facebook page in hopes of getting little perles from her. May just have to wait for next year’s conference though.

    Not quite sure how “helping out” makes me a spokesperson though. In my opinion, I was there more for my ideas on allergies/sensitivities then because I know the intricacies of their test / product line. I met Dr. Becker, which led to Beth Taylor, which led to Steve Brown, all because of my big mouth and a forum. This is really no different. How many people have the regulars on DFA influenced?

  • Bobby dog

    Did you check out eBay? I found that same info and a tad more on various sites from the U.S. and other countries…

  • aimee

    I haven’t found anything that really describes how or what is being measured. I did find though sites selling “DNA biofeedback” services and even one that will send you healing frequencies as you sleep so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to take your homeopathic remedies. I don’t know how that “works” either.

  • aimee

    The power of Facebook Eh? Well as their spokesperson from the vet convention will you please educate me on this test by answering the questions I asked?

  • Shawna

    I thought I had mentioned that before but maybe it wasn’t in this conversation. I initially met Traci on an IBD / Allergy Facebook group I was on back in May, I believe it was. Several on that group used the test with very good results.

    So — I met them on Facebook earlier this year and I have no “relationship” to them other than wanting to help people and their dogs (as well as being open minded to holistic modalities).

  • aimee

    By “deep” I just mean they must know you well from some venue… after all they trusted you with promoting their business. I’m not implying anything I’m simply asking how do they know you and what is your relationship to them?

  • Crazy4dogs

    I don’t have expert knowledge, but I have shelter dogs that appear to be purebred. I haven’t done the DNA tests yet, but have researched extensively. The Wisdom Panel seems to have the the most breed documentation and is the one that vets will administer, upon request. This is the DNA panel I will use, just for information sake.

  • Shawna

    “What is your relationship to the company? I wouldn’t expect a vendor at a veterinary meeting to turn over their booth to you without you having
    some type of deep relationship.”

    No aimee I assure you, no “deep relationship”. I must have perceived the implication.. Silly me. :)

  • DogFoodie

    We do DNA collection every day at my office without brushes. We use swabs, just like the ones in the Glacier Peak sample collection kit. The lab tech who collects the DNA doesn’t ask about food, drink, or bacteria; and she puts the swabs into the sleeve immediately after collection.

    These are human subjects we’re collecting from though. I’m not familiar with Wisdom.

  • Bobby dog

    Thanks, I did over look it. Yes, very few Vets listed.

  • aimee

    In the “find a retailer near you” section there are 7 practices listed 4 in Ca, 2 in Mt and 1 in Id.

    Most places listed are pet stores… very very few professionals.

  • aimee

    I thought it was clear. I’m simply saying if they had you staff the booth then I’d expect you could answer the questions I asked. If you can’t, you can simply state that.

  • aimee

    It is very difference. This test asks for saliva as opposed to cell collection. I see no recommendations to avoid touching the swabs or to have your dog not eat for x number of hours before collection. Very different from the a DNA test collection I’ve done. That collection was with a brush and you were to firmly rub the cheek for 15 seconds to collect than dry and cover to prevent any cross contamination.

    Here’s instructions from Wisdom:

    Quickly inspect your dog’s mouth between the cheek and gums for food debris.
    Open the swab sleeve, remove the swabs but avoid touching the bristles.
    Firmly roll and rotate the swab’s bristles against the inside of
    your dog’s cheek. Use the other hand to apply gentle pressure from the
    outside of the mouth to ensure good contact of the cheek with the swabs.
    Allow the sample to dry for five minutes prior to putting the swab back into sleeve.

  • Bobby dog

    I can’t speak for anyone else and what knowledge they seek, these are the questions I would ask anyone representing GHP at a trade show. There are several Bio feedback machines on the market and each reportedly work a little differently.

  • Shawna

    Okay then…. Interestingly, not even ONE vet / vet tech asked the make and model of the machine in use.

    I was not aware I should know this type of trade information to “help out”, write a couple articles and recommend the product. Now I know.

  • Bobby dog

    I am aware of holistic alternatives.

    What I am interested in is learning about the company and test you have been endorsing on DFA and FB.

    Since you wrote you represented GHP at their booth over the weekend and are a guest contributor on their blog I thought you would have this info.

    Thanks, I will contact the company and post back the info they provide.

  • DogFoodie

    The test does require a cheek swab.

  • Shawna

    Hi Bobby dog,

    I didn’t ask them the name as it really didn’t matter to me. They do have their contact information on their website though.

    I caught the names of Dr. Lisa and Dr. Susan because they made an impression on me but I met and talked with a lot of people. Holistic practitioners seem to be far more open to these types of modalities. Several of the vets already did muscle testing, which is a form of energy biofeedback. I don’t expect everybody to get it but to me it was like spending the weekend with my tribe.

    For what it’s worth, my mom is trained in iridology. She can take a CLOSE UP picture of your eye and tell you about your childhood diseases, broken bones and what your body is currently dealing with. My own mom does this and I can’t explain to you how but I do believe cause I’ve seen her do it. She is also trained, as was my chiropractor, in applied kinesiology (muscle testing) and that too I can’t explain but I use it to determine what supplements I take and at what dose.

  • Shawna

    What exactly are you implying aimee?

  • aimee

    What is your relationship to the company? I wouldn’t expect a vendor at a veterinary meeting to turn over their booth to you without you having some type of deep relationship.

    Since you are a spokesperson for the company I’d trust you can explain the testing process to me.

    If this is a DNA test why use hair and saliva when a much better source of DNA would be cheek swab as they use for genetic testing? ( Hair is nearly devoid of DNA unless you pluck and submit a root and saliva isn’t that great of source either.)

    How are sensitivities imprinted onto /into DNA? and what exactly is being measured to come up with an energetic imprint?

    How is the energy imprint from other DNA sources like bacteria from the mouth and residual food the dog may have recently eaten different from that of the dog’s imprint being tested such that only the dog’s imprint is being measured? (It is recommend to swab the gum line. I’d think you’d likely pick up a significant amount of bacteria from plaque as you graze the teeth and maybe some food remnants as well.)

    What did you learn that convinced you of the usefulness of the test?

    Doesn’t have to do with Glacier Peaks but do you think power band energy bracelets are useful? Why or why not?

  • Bobby dog

    What is the make/model of the bio feedback computer system that GHP uses for their sensitivity test?

  • Shawna

    I spent Friday the 16th through Tuesday the 20th in Augusta, Georgia at the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association’s veterinary conference. It was a fabulous time. I met, and got pictures with, Dr. Karen Becker and Dr. Melissa Shelton (author of Animal Desk Reference on Essential Oils).

    For full disclosure, I was asked by the owner of Glacier Peak Holistics to help out at their booth in the vendor hall during the conference (I was not, and am not, employed by Glacier Peak Holistics). I am now, more than ever, convinced of the usefulness of the sensitivity test. Not only was the test hugely received and recommended by vets already using but so were the herbals.

    I was most excited by one vet who came up asking about the test, Dr. Susan. I mentioned how the test was done (DNA / biofeedback) and she stopped me and said there was no need to explain. She understood. She said she was giving a class on quantum physics at the AHVMA conference next year. I hope to have the opportunity to attend that lecture.

    No, I don’t find it odd that trigger foods can still be eaten. I’ve experienced this myself and wrote about it here on DFA MANY times. That’s how sensitivities work. I thought you understood that.

    I like science but I’ve never been one to insist something be proven before I hold any value in it — I used probiotics before science endorsed them and I use digestive enzymes despite the lack of endorsement.

  • Matt Dwerlkotte

    Amy, I totally agree with your point here. Do you have any recommendations for getting around it? I have a 10 month old GSD with some sort of allergy. We have her on Blue Basics Salmon / Potatoe right now. She gnaws and itches mostly on her sides / base of tail / thighs. Do you think that rules out a grass allergy since she is not itching on her feet?

  • aimee

    How would you validate this test? Testimonials are fraught with error..

    I’ve found no information on test reliability. For the information from a test to be of value the test needs to shown to be reliable by standard measures and preferably third party review. The company says they can’t put a number on accuracy why not??

    Don’t you find it odd that the company reports your dog can still eat their trigger foods ( in other words a reported trigger food may not cause an unwanted reaction) and that the trigger foods you have already eliminated may not show up on the results ( In other words a food reported as non reactive may cause a significant reaction) and that the results you should pay the most attention to are the supplements they recommend you should buy?

    The company self reports that the information regarding the foods they identify in their “test” as triggers is meaningless so why run the test?

  • aimee

    I don’t necessarily disagree with this statement: “The fact that you can’t explain something doesn’t make it any less credible.” as the mechanisms of many drugs are not understood. however the “it” effects need to be measurable and found credible.

    I don’t see the “it” reported.

    If I were to collect samples from Brooke on the same day and sent them under two different names what would you expect?

    She has currently has no recognized clinical signs of anything. Should her test report come back without any/ or only few triggers?

    How would you interpret the results if it came back showing lots of triggers?

    Would you expect the reports to come back as identical? Why or why not?

    If I send saline and fake fur in what type of report would you expect to come back?

    I’m willing to throw some bucks at this to test the test. How do you think I should test it?

    Will you post your dog’s results here? I

  • aimee

    Hi Shawna,
    I did find the first two you linked to. The material from the second link is taken from the website so they are the same reviews.

    All the reviews I found were at sites that sell the product which I agree could make them a little less credible. If you are selling the product you will likely remove any negative reviews.

    What I’m interested in is some type of validation measure. For example someone who sent in the same sample under two different names and the test results matched. Or someone sent in a negative control sample.. I suggested saline and fake fur and the report came back showing no sensitivities.

    The company reports you don’t have to eliminate all the ingredients they report as “triggers” which could be why they weren’t eliminated by the people doing the Smily dog blog
    “If there is a food your pet truly loves, you will likely still be able to give it as an occasional treat.”

    How would you propose the “test” be tested?

    The company, when asked about accuracy said they can’t put a number on it…

  • Shawna

    I found this three part review of GPH on the blog Smiley Dog. I’m not sure why they expected major improvements without eliminating all the foods found to be an issue but…. http://smileydog.com/subtle-signs-from-alternate-sensitivity-test/

    There’s five ratings on this website – all from 2012 and 2013 though? http://finestfetch.com/SensitivityAssessment

    Although not technically a review, 7,684 people “Like” GPH’s Facebook page.

    Not sure if these folks sell the test, which in my mind would make their review a little less credible? “Our customers have found it to be very accurate and helpful and have
    found that it saves time, money, and frustration caused by trying to
    figure out the allergies yourself.” https://bensonscaninecookies.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/healthy-dog-cat-allergy-testing-inexpensive-and-amazing/

    I don’t have time to look for more. :)

  • Shawna

    Oops, I should have mentioned that. The folks I mentioned in my previous post are people that I have grown to respect on Facebook in groups like DNM Academy and such.

    I actually first learned about GPH sensitivity test on a facebook group for allergies and IBD. Those aren’t the people I’m speaking of when I say respect but I read enough reviews that I took notice. I then spoke with the folks at GPH (on the phone with Traci for over an hour) and did the test. Over the last year I’ve seen people on other groups I’m on discuss the test.

    Most recently, Phyllis, on one of the groups has been dealing with issues with her GSD and decided to do the test. She’s been working with her holistic vet for over a year but no resolve. Last report after the test was that her dog was getting better.

    One of my friends here on DFA thought her dog was sensitive to salmon and certain other fish. The test came back showing no sensitivity. She contacted several of us on Messenger asking if we also had potentially inaccurate info. She has since introduced these oils/food to her dog and sure enough, no reaction. Dori gave her review.

    An elimination diet (a true one not just trying different OTC dog foods) is the cheapest, and likely most reliable, way to go. I still believe that. But for those that don’t want to do that, or for those that think there might be other things going on, this could be an option. I don’t think anyone should do anything (even feed raw) without first checking into it and feeling comfortable with it but to exclude the information because science hasn’t figured it out yet seems odd to me. Don’t feed raw or homemade cooked because science hasn’t conclusively figured out that it could be healthier. Nope, I’m not that person…

  • Shawna

    That’s all true aimee but this has been going on for as long as science has been around. They don’t know how probiotics work until they figured it out. Didn’t mean probiotics didn’t work from the get go though. Empirically they KNEW they worked. It was up to science to figure out how.

    Omega 3 wasn’t considered an essential nutrient, until it was. It didn’t all of the sudden become essential after science figured out what it did for the body.

    The fact that you can’t explain something doesn’t make it any less credible. This is a big world and science has a LOT more to figure out.

  • aimee

    Bobbie dog, Thank you for the kind words.

  • aimee

    Thanks for the kind words.

  • Pitlove

    Aimee- I find yours is some of the most helpful and educated information I read on DFA. Hope you will continue sharing your knowledge and experience with us.

  • Bobby dog

    Any and all information is always important to know about. Thank you for taking the time to post on DFA. I always appreciate anyone who takes the time to do so. When new or different information is presented I can make the best choice possible by researching further. Nothing wrong with that and I question anyone’s judgment who feels otherwise.

    That is one of the most important reasons to stop by DFA IMO to be able to read and learn from ALL readers, not just be subjected to one belief system. Without that this site would not be as effective. Thank you for being a polite, approachable, and informative regular poster. I appreciate the time and information you kindly share with us! 😉

  • aimee

    I’ve been looking on line for reviews and haven’t found too many. Can you link to one’s you found?

  • aimee

    I shared information. You may not be interested in that information but other readers may be interested in it. Everyone is free to choose what they want to do with that information.

    I’ve come to accept that nearly everything “works” some of the time.
    Remember “Power Balance Bands”? They “worked” for a lot of people, until blinded testing showed that they didn’t.

    Bloodletting was the cutting edge of medicine as it “worked”. But after controlled testing was done it has been abandoned, perhaps with the exception of a few uncommon medical conditions.

    So it doesn’t surprise me that people have found that the Glacier Peak Holistic test “works”

    Why is it then that dermatologists etc don’t recommend it? I’d think it is because there is no information on the website as to accuracy, it hasn’t been validated by third party review, and no explanation of what or how the test is conducted.

    If I wanted to “test” the test how would you propose I should go about doing it? Should I send in a blank sample.. saline and fake fur and see what results I get?


  • Susan Weyrauch

    There are a couple tests that can be done for food sensitivities: NutriScan by Dr. Jean Dodds’ company, and the Alternative Sensitivity Assessment by Glacier Peak Holistics. Cut to the chase and find out what the dog is sensitive to, instead of spending tons of money and time on elimination trials and vet visits to deal with symptoms.

  • amy

    Grains and potatoes (sweet potatoes too) can aggravate a yeast overgrowth issue and cause itching. It doesn’t necessarily have to be an allergic reaction.

  • Shawna

    Hi Howler,

    I do agree with you that it is rare to have an allergy to grain but it is also relatively rare to have a true allergy at all — when I say allergy I mean and IgE immune response.

    Food sensitivities, which are an IgA / IgG reaction, are far more common and grains are definitely a food that causes sensitivities. That said, so are potatoes and peas, legumes, chicken etc.

  • Susan

    Hi Dee, a lot of these grain free kibble are high in starchy carbs, potatoes, peas, tapioca, sweet potatoes, legumes etc & make the itch worse, I have found a kibble with just 1 protein (Lamb or Fish) & 1 carb like brown rice to be the best No potatoes, No Peas, etc have you tried “California Natural Lamb & Rice” small bites it has just 4 ingredients & Malaseb medicated anti-bacterial shampoo bathing every 5-7 days .. also a good dog probiotic like Purina FortiFlora it has live bacteria will make his immune stronger…. best given on an empty stomach either first thing of a morning or at night when the stomach acids are low so the stomach acid doesn’t kill the probiotic, I was mixing what the container said about 1 teaspoon with 10-15mls water in a bowl & Patch was just drinking it at 9-10pm at night, morning was too hard cause he wanted his breakfast. try the California Natural a Probiotic & the Malaseb shampoo & see how he goes..

  • Howler

    You said it takes 6months to a year for the problems to start? Sometimes allergies/intolerance develops. being exposed to an allergen over a prolonged period can cause a reaction where one never existed before.

    Have you considered a rotation diet? Don’t feed her the same food every month. A month of this, a month of that, and then switch it back

  • Howler

    As in he does both? Because there are things that just don’t always survive long enough to be sent out. If he’s not doing it in house, he might be missing something.
    If it is parasites, there is also the chance they are living in your yard. It comes back because your dog hasn’t been removed from the source.
    I wish you luck! Parasites or allergy, the processes of finding a specific cause are not fun!

  • Howler

    It is EXTREMELY rare for a dog to be allergic to grain. If they are allergic to grain, they are also probably allergic to something else. The only way to find out what your dog is allergic to is to go on an elimination diet. You have to cute out everything they are allergic to and then start adding things back in one ingredient at a time over week to four week periods so you can see if they have a reaction. Finding a diet that has none of their allergens in it so you can start an elimination diet isn’t easy. You can try finding a limited ingredient food or have your vet prescribe something like Hills z/d.

    I spent a year switching foods trying to find something my dog wasn’t allergic too and have finally given up and switched to an elimination diet with z/d as the base. It is NOT cheep which makes it impractical for a forever food and has little meat in in which makes me question its nutritional health (and no treats is hard for my husband…), but I have seen a decrease in her itching in just a week. Hopefully by the end of another year I will have a list longer than “Salmon” of things she can eat.

    I wish you luck.

  • Maukwa

    I know that you are not very fond of the Natural Balance products, but the Potato Venison formula limited ingredient diet saved my dogs life. The veterinary prescription formula is almost identical….most of the venison products that are listed in the above approved dog foods contain pea protein…he reacts this ingredient and other in the Natures Recipe product. A true limited ingredient product does not have more than two or thee major ingredients not counting the vitamins etc. I must stick with the Natural Balance product, because I want my dog to live…he is also much more comfortable as far as itching goes. He does have grass allergies in the summer, but baths in Epson salts and baking soda fix him right up. I spray a little GenOne spray for hot spots…he had a very good summer finally.

  • http://opticsyellowstone.com Jann Muir Webb

    i have 3 fur girls, a Reg. White Malamute, a Red Heeler/Corgi mix and a Border Collie mix. MY girls went through an allergy session and to make a long story short, two issues were found and resolved. A humid climate can cause a skin fungus that is not visible but causes an itch condition body wise and ear canal. Mold on grains used in OTC dog foods cause the allergy reactions in food allergies. We moved from Montana to Missouri and in Missouri it all showed up..no issues before that. The cure for me was switching to Victor dog food, grain free and GMO free. The non GMO was the paramount key. Ask/ck your dog food provider if their feed is non GMO..if not bail out using it. Second, in humid climates..keep the ear canal dry by flushing with a combo of Vinegar/alcohol/water and flush a couple times a week. Dogs with flop down ear flaps are more prone to infections in humid climates. It has been over 3 years now and we also moved to a different state so ear flushing is over and I still use Victor grain free. All here is excellent. For the control of the humid based skin fungus that causes the itch/hot spots I used dawn dish soap and rinsed with a good non grain (like oatmeal) conditioner rinse. They stopped itching and digging themselves up. This was done 2X a month. Hope this helps you as well as it did for me.

  • Shawna

    I TOTALLY agree with you on a food trial aimee… In fact, I did the test on my dog thinking I wouldn’t get anything useful from the test. I was wrong however. I found that neurological issues, that I had no clue were even diet related (nor did my vet), improved when off one food (beef) she was getting from the list of foods she had issues with.

    I knew, through elimination, that she reacted to goat but beef was a big surprise to me. I’ve tested beef on her three times since I received the test results and I have no doubts now.

    It doesn’t surprise me that the immunologists and dermatologist you are following would not recommend something like this test. They probably wouldn’t recommend homeopathy or herbals or any number of other alternative, against the grain, options either.

    I honestly had my doubts too but, in addition to my own experience, I’ve seen too many forward thinking and quite intelligent people give positive reviews on it. ALL of them, every single one, however are holistically minded.

  • Dori

    Aimee, recommended or not by whomever means absolutely nothing to me. I will agree here with Shawna and yourself, I believe, that blood tests are a waste of good money that can be better spent elsewhere. I had the Nutri-Scan test and it was okay but it didn’t test for very many things and was expensive. I then, more out of curiosity and that it was cheap, had the hair and saliva test by glacierholisticpeaks.com done. Glacier tests for over 200 things and I will tell everyone here that knows my story with Katie, and that it took me years to eliminate everything that was an issue with her, that this test was spot on with every single ingredient that she was having an issue with that I had eliminated. Every ingredient that I had eliminated through the years showed a reaction. There was one that I had not figured out and that was cucumbers which, infact, I was sharing with my dogs when I was munching on them. Well guess what? I eliminated the cucumbers from Katie’s diet and the residual itchiness that she had at the odd times and that I could not explain went away. For me, and I can only say that this is true of me……I do not have to have a slew of immunologists, dermatologists, allergists, the FDA, USDA, etc. etc. put their stamp of approval for me to know what works and what doesn’t or what’s wrong and what isn’t. Personally I do not care how many certifications and degrees they have plastered on their walls. I have none by the way. My education other than years of throwing myself into researching and absorbing all on whatever subject I happen to be interested in is a high school graduate. It has faired me well. There is not an expert certified, degreed or otherwise that did even the minutest thing to help Katie other than to want to treat her symptoms by medication not get to the root causes. I’m not interested in treating symptoms be it for Katie, my allergy girl or my cancer girl, Hannah, which by the way these so called degreed and certified people told me she’d be dead within two months of her diagnosis looking at me with pity in their eyes. She’s still here living her happy, healthy life 20 months later. I’ve treated her with my high school education. Malignant tumor in her bladder is completely gone. Mass on her lungs has not completely calcified. Nothing has metastasized. They all want to know how I did it so I have given them all lists of my detailed diets and supplements. You are, of course, entitled to your beliefs as you always have had that only the certified and degreed persons of the world know what’s what. I don’t. I believe what I have seen and tried with my own eyes.

    I don’t need you to reply to this post and tell me what Glacier says or doesn’t say on their website. It worked! That’s all I care about!! Simple as that. You really shouldn’t be turning off people from trying to find help with blanket statements of what some expert or other says. The test was accurate. That was my testing and curiosity of their hair and saliva test. I also know others that did the test and were helped enormously with identifying issues their dogs were having that they already had eliminated, ingredients that they didn’t know about and eliminated and their dogs are happy, healthy and all intolerant issues are gone because they know what else to avoid.

  • aimee

    Oops.. I should have included that. I’ve never found that vets with advanced certifications or degrees in the fields of immunology or dermatology recommend these types of tests. The recommendation is always to conduct a well thought out and executed food trial.

  • DogFoodie

    Aren’t recommended by whom?

  • aimee

    I agree that just changing from one OTC diet to another rarely answers the question “Does my dog have an adverse food reaction?”

    Doing a proper elimination diet is a great undertaking. But it is the only real way to know if food is a root problem.

  • aimee

    Unfortunately, those tests you mentioned haven’t been validated and are not recommended. As you probably know the Dr Dodds saliva was evaluated using samples from dogs whose food intolerance were known and the results were very disappointing.

  • Shawna

    I agree with aimee, IgE testing for food sensitivities is highly inaccurate. It has been suggested that true food “allergies” are rare. Food sensitivities (which are an IgA/IgG reaction in the body) are far more common but can not be picked up on an IgE “allergy” test.

    Dr Dodds has a saliva / hair test that looks for IgA / IgG sensitivities but at this moment is still limited on the foods it tests for – getting better all the time though. There’s another test out that has been showing a lot of promise. Glacier Peaks Holistic carries this product that tests hair and saliva as well but in a different way then Dr. Dodd’s test. I’ve done the test on one of mine as has several friends from here and acquaintances from other groups I’m on. The results have been quite impressive. The test looks for all potential issues including IgE allergies and IgA sensitivities as well as environmental and more. The cost was $85.00 when I had the test done on my pup several months ago.

    Something to think about if you are ever unfortunate enough to have a pup in that position again. So sorry for your loss!!!

  • Missing Boomer

    When you are changing diets and not finding answers and when food costs $50 a bag and your dog is suffering it may be worth a shot to test anyway….. Just making a suggestion.

  • aimee

    The concern with testing for food reactions isn’t the cost, it is the inaccuracy of the results. For example this is what one company has to say about the test they offer

    Heska, in agreement with the American College of Veterinary
    Dermatology, does not recommend IgE testing for foods. A compliant
    exclusionary diet trial, followed by provocative re-challenge, is
    recommended for animals suspected of suffering from adverse reaction to


  • Missing Boomer

    I just spoke to my vet last week about allergies with my dog and she told me that the allergy testing is much more reasonable in pricing now. If you think of all the different money you spend trying products and switching foods etc. it really adds up. A rough idea of the cost of a food allergy panel test is approx. $150 and environmental testing is approx. $300 and for both it is about $420. I thought that was pretty reasonable considering I was spending a few hundred dollars a month on food every month anyway. Boomer had bad skin problems and allergies and if I would have been aware of the availability and cost of allergy testing before he passed I would have definitely have gotten him tested. Hope this info helps……

  • Dee Coats

    Our little one ( Bichon Frise Shih Tzu mix 15lbs) is itching like crazy, (no fleas) we have been giving him Natural Balance small bites and about 2 months ago changed to grain free, but he is beside himself, rolling around. i give him baths with Pro-Sense Itch Relief, hydrocortisone shampoo once a week. (i also have the itch spray), we feed him cooked fresh green veges, when he had stomach issues it was 100% pumpkin which is wonderful. Dr had him on meds for itch but ugh i just not sure what else to help him. anything you can suggest would be great. thank you

    Denise Coats

  • Crazy4dogs

    Fish formulas are often a good option and I think those could be used as a “topper” but unless you are formulating it correctly and following a balanced homemade recipe you’re dog could end up with nutritional deficiencies. I would use a complete & balanced grain free fish formula as a base and you could add your recipe as an additional fresh source.

    I don’t personally give my dogs raw garlic, but I often used dog food containing garlic. There are other posters that could give you better information on garlic dosage.

    Good luck with your pup! :)

  • Lloyd Nicolaas

    That might be just what we need to give our dog that is having skin problems! So how about this: no grains, no meat just fish and vegetables? I would think of giving only canned and boiled fish.. with addition of potatoes and vegatables. A small (!) amount of garlic seems to be good for the immune system/liver also. See for that: http://www.natural-dog-health-remedies.com/garlic-for-dogs.html

  • marilyn

    sulfates can be really irritating to any skin (mine) so i don’t use anything that creates suds (even sugar produced) on me or my dog. i use WEN from QVC – it also has its own website but QVC has more options

  • Crazy4dogs

    Your welcome! It might seem difficult at first, but it’s the easiest & least expensive was to find allergy problems. You could also check the cleaning products you use, particularly on floors. When I clean my carpet or any laundry, including dog beds, I use vinegar to rinse. It removes excess soaps, which could cause allergic reaction and itching.

  • Pamela McGarty

    I am, hoping that the spray will at least stop the itching but I will try the shampoo if it doesn’t work Thanks

  • Pamela McGarty

    Thanks for any help

  • Crazy4dogs

    I would use only canned fish formulas (read the label carefully) or use human canned sardines packed in water, no salt. I would also only feed fish or vegetable treats. It can take up to 60 days to see if it’s working. But you have to stick to it or you won’t know if it’s really working. No cheating allowed! 😉

  • Pitlove

    Ya I understand. There are shampoos like Sulfodene that are suppose to help with itching and flaky skin. It’s worth a shot to see if it helps. I read your comment to crazy4dogs about switching to fish because they have never had it. that is a good idea. fish based foods also help with the skin and coat. my dog has skin problems as well and I’ve noticed a huge difference just adding salmon oil to his normal dry food which is Fromm Gold.

  • Pamela McGarty

    No I have been feeding some canned duck and some lamb but that didn’t help, I should just try to feed fish as they never had fish dog food until now.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Are you feeding only fish for Everything, including treats? You need to be COMPLETELY grain free and on a single protein source to see if it’s a protein allergy.

  • Pamela McGarty

    I would like to do that but I cannot afford it right now as a few months ago I had a cat with a blockage that cost 800 dollars, and I am on social security, if they don’t improve I guest I will have to take them to the vet, which is soo expensive. Hoping fall will help

  • Pitlove

    If you’ve changed foods multiple times with no luck in a decrease in the itching you might want to consider that they have an environmental allergies. You will not see improvement by changing foods if it’s not food related. I would see about contacting a canine dermatologist.

  • Pamela McGarty

    I am having itching problems with my two Shelties, that are 3 and 4 years old, I had them on Halo dog food all of their life and decided to switch them to Orijen because they had weight problems and some itching, I have tried the regular, Regional red, and the itching didn’t get better. I now am trying Acana pacifica as many people says it really helps. One dog is doing better while the other is still itching quite a bit, It hasn’t been that long that they have been on it, I was giving them some canned also, but I switched back to plain boiled chicken like I used to give them with the Halo, I just am going out of my mind trying to figure what is causing the itching I am ordering some new itching spray hoping that will help. Help!!

  • Jaye001

    Hope everything works out. Many people claim that they see improvements in as little as a week or two. If you don’t see quick results, stick with it for awhile. It may take a month or two. If that does not work out, try the Kangaroo formula. It is a little pricier, but pretty much guaranteed to work. Best of luck. Jaye

  • Harley My Harley

    Thanks Jaye001. I picked up the sweet potato/venison. He really likes it and I’m hoping it will help. I heard that some dogs are allergic to beef so I wanted to stay away from that. Also heard some are allergic to chicken. Sure hope this works and doesn’t take that long but will keep trying. I’ve also used Neosporin to help heal her ears but now am hearing that isn’t good…
    Glad to hear your Schnauzer is doing well. Thanks for your input! I really appreciate it.

  • Jaye001

    Which Natural Balance formula did you try? Sometimes dogs are allergic to the meats, like lamb, Bison, or even fish as my 7 year-old mini Schnauzer was. Also, it can take anywhere from 2 to 3 months after you have tried a formula that really works before the allergens are completely out of the system and you see results. My dog had suffered with itching, excessive licking, ear infections, and chewing her paws until I put her on Natural Balance Potato and Duck. She was on that formula for several years with all symptoms gone. I recently introduced her to Natural Balance Potato and Kangaroo for a change, and that has been working equally as well. Best wishes.

  • Harley My Harley

    We have a 7 year old cockapoo. He was ok until the past few years, started itching, especially his left ear until it starts to bleed, scratching and chewing on his paws. Took him to the vet and was put on prednisone. Cleared it right up. As soon as he was off of it, started right back up. Changed his diet to grain-free and made in the USA but it continues. About a week ago we changed his diet again to Natural Balance Limited Ingredients and will only give him cooked green beans for a treat. Had been giving him beef bones-raw, but cut that out now too. So far, he’s still itching. Have also tried 1/2 of a Claritin tablet and bathe him with Dermallay oatmeal shampoo from the vet but he still has/gets dry patches or bumps. Nothing seems to help…any suggestions would be much appreciated.

  • Chrissy

    I have a 18 month old white boxer who started having the same symptoms a few months ago. He was also given antibiotics and probiotics but the problem returned. The vet put him on the Hill’s D/D suspecting he may not be good with chicken. I gave it to him that night and it was an instant change. Not only did he love it but it was the first night in months we got to sleep through the night without an emergency potty incident. I’m still searching for a non-prescription food that works for him. But for now he’s ok. I also just did the ImmuneIQ test and learned some interesting things.
    Hope you find an answer.

  • Sara

    I’ve always known them to send them out for analysis after an in office check.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Did the vet send them out for a lab analysis or did he check them in the office?

  • Sara

    Yes, thanks. The first two times he saw the vet, I brought in stool samples and they were free from parasites. (It was a concern of mine, too.)

  • Crazy4dogs

    Did a stool sample get sent out to a lab to check for specific parasites? Giardia and Coccidia can be difficult to detect and treat, sometimes requiring several rounds of treatment. Hookworms have a 3 week cycle and must be treated in several rounds as well. I had a foster that was treated for hookworm, but had to be repeated several times. He was fine for several weeks, but as the worms matured, he developed diarrhea. His fecal was clean at the vet’s test, but was found when it was sent to a lab. Parasites might not be the problem, but might be worth checking it out.



    Good luck with it!

  • Sara

    I have a 6 year old boxer that started having diarrhea a couple months ago. The vet thought it was a GI bug from scat, but after 2 weeks of antibiotics and 2 weeks of being normal, it returned. Visited vet again and suspected the GI tract was still irritated. Received another antibiotic and some probiotics. 4 weeks later, the cycle repeated. The vet suspects IBS or pancreatitis and switched the diet to Z/D with no treats, etc. I thought it was going well until yesterday when the diarrhea returned again. I’m waiting for the vet to call to find out what to do. :( Any recommendations on food that’s less expensive than Z/D?

  • sevencritters

    I am going to look into this. Thank You!

  • sevencritters

    Hello. My Golden is going through an allergy issue and we are seeing a specialist dermatologist vet. We are taking her off vegetarian food (vet food, Royal Canin) but I see you didn’t mention that, so maybe your lab can’t tolerate meat? Why not give it a try? Good luck. I’m trying pork and potatoe diet. Also you are not giving your lab bones or cookies that she has a problem with? We’ve had to remove all treats (except for the ones we make — oatmeal (cooked) and carrots, mushed, and baked. You can freeze them, too. But other than that, nothing. My dogs LOVED their pork tonight, though. Lol. Good Luck!

  • Deardra Mitchell

    I just did a sensitivity trigger assessment with Glacier Peak Holistics. Saliva and hair samples. Huge help. My dogs protein options are very limited, but now I know what to feed and not to feed. Probiotics and digestive enzymes might be helpful as well.

  • Pitlove

    Just like a human who has an intolerance to dairy or whatever, they do tell you to reintroduce the offending ingredient after a period of time to see if the intolerance is still present. You could always reintroduce the chicken or beef or whatever is more afforable for you, to see if the intolerance is still there.

  • Jack Miller

    She was on kibble for the first 2-3 years of her life and we don’t think she had any issues. We adopted her around the 2 year mark so we don’t exactly know.

  • Jack Miller

    Hello! I’ve got a 9 year old yellow lab who has suffered from food intolerances for most of her life. We’ve moved from beef to chicken to pork, salmon, tuna, lamb, turkey, and now herring. We’ve tried Royal Canine Hypoallergenic diet before (dry, can’t remember the exact kind) from our vet but it didn’t work. We know it’s an intolerance because she can usually handle it for 6 months to a year before vomiting and diarrhea begin. Switching proteins leads to a complete elimination of the symptoms. My questions are: can intolerances be reversed? Can we ever reintroduce old proteins or will she always be unable to digest it? Other than switching proteins is there anything else we can do? She’s been eating a raw food diet for years. We love her to death and she’s a part of the family but we are getting to the point where the proteins are getting prohibitively expensive. Herring is affordable but she’s shown signs today that she won’t be able to have it anymore. The next option is Venison and it is considerably more expensive. Rabbit, bison, and kangaroo are also available where we live but all of these options are even more expensive than Venison. Any help or suggestions would be incredibly helpful and appreciated. Thank you!!!

  • Crazy4dogs

    More than likely the fleas are causing the problems with your dog. You need to take immediate action to alleviate the fleas from you dog and his environment, which will include your house. The eggs can be throughout your home, reinfecting the dog.

    Here are some links to natural alternatives to treating fleas as well as conventional methods. Pitlove is correct that you need to wash down all of his bedding. I use Borax in the laundry on a regular basis for everything, but Diatomaceous Earth works well for fleas in carpeting or floors. You do need to be cautious as it’s edible, but breathing in can irritate the lungs. I use a natural shampoo that contains tea tree and neem oil, but my dogs have not had fleas, only ticks and it does repel. DO NOT USE STRAIGHT TEA TREE OIL. IT WILL BURN THE DOG’S SKIN!!! If you don’t want to do a natural control, you can use a spot on treatment.

    Natural Flea Control:


    Diatomaceous Earth:


    Information on flea control:


    Good luck with it!

  • el doctor

    Hi Pitlove

    You said;

    “Dawn is much more gentle than a lot of the “dog” flea shampoos on the market”

    That may be true, but Dawn get’s a D from the EWG, and if we turned that D into it’s star equivalent, it would be a 2 star product.

    So, based on your logic you could say that it’s OK to use “Purina One SmartBlend”, a 2 star food, because it’s much better than a lot of other dog foods on the market (the ones with 1 star).

    Why not look for a 4 or 5 star equivalent to use instead of the 2 star Dawn, which has artificial colors and other ingredients that are known irritants, especially for skin that is already irritated from flea bites?

  • Pitlove

    I would consider killing off a bad flea infestion as an emergency. I just got done a few weeks ago battling fleas for 3 weeks and I can tell you my dog was the most miserable he’s ever been in his life. Dawn is much more gentle than a lot of the “dog” flea shampoos on the market.

  • el doctor

    Hi Pitlove

    Dawn dishwashing liquid gets a D rating from the Environmental Working Group, and some of it’s ingredients are pretty powerful skin irritants. I might use it in an emergency, but otherwise I would look for a less irritating, and safer alternative to use as a flea shampoo.


    All Varieties Except
    Bleach Alternative.

    Ingredients Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauramine Oxide, Sodium Chloride, PPG-26, PEG-8 Propylheptyl Ether, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance.

    (Amounts Vary with Product Color)
    Blue 1
    Red 33
    Yellow 5

  • Pitlove

    uh well obvious question, but did this start with the fleas or before then?

    Treat the flea problem first. Wash his bedding with your normal detergent and Borax, bath him with blue Dawn dish soap and let it sit for 10 mins to kill the fleas on him, make sure he’s on a flea preventitive, spray your house, wash your sheets everything you can, spray your yard. You need to get rid of the fleas and then see if the skin calms down.

    If this existed before the fleas, could be an environmental allergy or food intolerance.

  • Marg Muzones

    Hi. I just dont know what to do with my dog. He started to have itching that causes hair lost all over his body. His skin turns red and scratches like forever. He also has flees. What can i do?

  • Crazy4cats

    Nice! Hopefully you got rid of those fleas for good.

  • Maria

    My Dachshund suddenly developed skin allergies due to fleas. He gnawed and scratched
    until his skin was hairless in some areas. He had to wear a cone around his neck. The flea issue basically escalated into skin allergies, and I tried steroid pills etc and nothing worked UNTIL I fed him Kangaroo kibbles! One week on only these quality kibbles, with a bit of organic flax oil, and he was a different dog. The inflamed skin calmed down and my dog is back to pristine health.

  • Britt

    Hi Bobby dog,
    Thank you for your reply, its appreciated. Yes we checked everything with the groomer but were advised that she did not use anything different, products tools etc are all the same. It started when she almost shaved his underbelly last year but has never done that again. Actually I have recently changed groomers and the new one uses only natural products so that’s works for me. Actually BC nut commented on something about Gain detergent and I realized that I started using Gain around the same time frame as all these problems started, of course I have stopped using it and since then only use natural products. Anyway I appreciate all comments as we really want to help our little guy feel better, also looking into switching to maybe a grain free food but will discuss this with our vet first. Again many thanks for your comments as all help for a solution is so much appreciated. Have a great day.

  • theBCnut

    Bobby Dog makes a good point, also I have read several people’s accounts of how their dogs react to Gain laundry detergent, enough for me to know that my sensitive dog won’t be exposed to it.

  • Britt

    Hi again,
    Thanks again for your informative reply, we have been checking into alternatives in the “Food Department” and are looking at the Acana products, the grain free ones. Of course will check with the vet first, it looks like you have a lot of experience as you are also dealing with a pet with a lot of allergies and am sure you have it all figured out. You were correct with the hypo-allergic clarification and I thank you for mention that. Lets hope we get it all figured out and again, many thanks.

  • theBCnut

    OK, your vet sounds much better now. He is totally right about the allergy test. They are know for producing both false negatives and false positives. A strict elimination diet is the standard for determining allergies and other food reactions. As far as the RC goes, if it isn’t hydrolyzed, then any of the ingredients that have protein in them could cause the reaction(In fact, new research is showing that some allergic reactions can even be to fats, which used to be thought safe). As an example, my dog reacts to all grains, flax, and alfalfa, as well as chicken, turkey, and duck. Hypoallergenic just means that the possible allergy producers are less numerous, not eliminated.

    Good luck!!

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Britt:
    Just wondering if you ever looked into the products the groomer uses. Maybe they changed the products they were using when his issues started or possibly the products they use to clean the grooming tools and work areas.

  • Britt

    Hi BCNut,

    Thank you for your reply, its much appreciated. I want to clarify that our vet did “not” discourage us from finding out what our dog could be allergic to (he is the second vet and had the similar opinion as the first one), he advised that the very first thing we do was to get him off everything he eats and switch him to the Royal Canin Vegan dry and canned food, also to clean and wash all his surroundings with products that are natural and have no chemicals which of course we have done, but as none seem to make a difference we (ourself) introduced the Beneful treats and a piece of cheese, the vet is not aware of this at all. By all accounts this vet is much more thorough then the previous one but did advise that to start with allergy testing is very costly and there is no guarantee or there have not been any proven results that the tests would give us the answer. The Prednisone was prescribed when our Shih Tzu came back from the groomer last year with the razor burn and to help with the extreme itchiness and sores he prescribed the Prednisone as he was in pain, we did wean him of but had some left over and gave him 1/2 of the pill once a week or so, if anyone is to blame its us, not the vet. We recently had a thorough blood test done on him and it came back that all was fine with the exception that the white blood cells are shifting left and that usually indicates an infection, (he had an ear infection and he gets that often). You mentioned that there could be something in the Vegan Food and that is alarming to us as we did check all the ingredients and believed it to be Hypo-allergic, will definitely check with the vet if that could cause a problem but I have a feeling that its the cheese and Beneful treats that should be thrown to the curb. Just want to mention that all this started the same time that we found out that the Sentinel Flea & Heartworm pills did not work on him (they did before) and he is now on something different. Its just strange that all his problems started the day he came back from the groomer last year. We have not changed anything in our home so we ruled that out. If you have any additional advise then that would be welcome but for sure the 2 culprits will be eliminated. I thank you again for having pointed out that there could be something in the Vegan Hypo food and will call the vet about that although he sells it at his clinic (he does not make any money on it, that I know for sure). Again many thanks and enjoy the weekend.

  • theBCnut

    Please get detailed instructions from a different vet about how to do an elimination diet and stick to it religiously. It is very doable and the ONLY reliable way to figure out what your dog is actually allergic to. Beneful treats are horrible and could be the cause of the allergies, as could the cheese, or any ingredient in the vegan dog food. You need to get to the bottom of what your dog is actually allergic to and get him off the steroids. I can’t believe your vet would discourage you from trying to treat your dog appropriately, well actually I can, but it isn’t the mark of a good vet.

  • Britt

    Hi, I have a question that maybe many of you who are dog owners have, my dog suddenly became allergic to “something” as he started to have very sore spots looking like a razor burn after a grooming session last year. Since then he has continued to scratch himself to the point of bleeding, we have taking him to the vet many times and he seems to think it could be food related, in short we have since switched him over to an all vegan diet (he hates it) we also give him a small dose of prednisone as needed for the itching but basically are at the end of our rope as to what we can do for the little guy (he is 3). We do give him the Beneful treats in the morning and he gets some hypo allergic treat. He continues to have the red sore spots under his front “arm pits” and has always had a problem with his ears, the ear problem seems to get worse when he has an itching bout so I put anti bacterial drops in them. Oh we also give him a small piece of cheese every once in a while. Has any of you have had/has this experience with their pet?, if so let me know what we can do to help our pooch. The vet also said that trying to determine the cause of his allergy is almost impossible and very costly, we like his honesty but even he does not know what to do in our case. Hope to hear from someone who is dealing with something similar. Thank you!

  • Lynsey Brown

    I’ve not had her to the vets yet but we are going to take her this week to get her checked out. I’ll do anything to stop the moulting!! Thanks very much for your help.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Lynsey,

    I’m not part of DFA’s official ratings, but a poster. Have you had the vet check the tummy rash and do a skin scraping on it? One of my dog’s had those same symptoms and after doing a scraping the vet found she had no yeast, but a bacterial infection due to allergies. It was a reaction to the protein in the food I was feeding. When I changed to a different protein, the rash resolved. I would probably switch to a different protein source first and if that doesn’t help, I would choose a different food.

    It appears this food is from the UK. Here’s a rating site that rates it that could possibly help you with this particular food:


    Good luck with it!

  • Lynsey Brown

    Hi – does anyone know if my dog’s severe moulting could be down to her diet please? She’s a 10 month old Victorian Bulldog and has been shedding for about 4 months (maybe a little bit longer). The past 2 weeks have been much more severe. She seems happy enough with her food though. We currently feed her Wainwrights dry puppy kibble which I thought was supposed to be a good brand. She doesn’t have any other problems apart from a small “rash” on her tummy. I actualy thought it was just scratches from running through the long grass but it doesn’t seem to be doing down. Any advice would be greatly appreciated – espeically regarding what food to feed her!!

  • aquariangt

    I think the Go LID are a bit newer, and that review was updated just a few weeks ago. The Hypoallergenic Article may have been written before that

  • Crazy4cats

    You are right. I don’t know, but guessing that it was not left off intentionally. You could scroll ALL the way down to the bottom of the page and click on the “contact us” link and ask! Again, I wouldn’t call it hypoallergenic because it is not hydrolyzed. But, it is a limited ingredient food that hopefully does not contain any ingredients that your dog in particular has any sensitivities to. DogFoodie, whose dog has intolerances to several ingredients has used it and recommends it. She definitely would be a good resource for information.

  • Anita

    Yes not to belabor the point, but the Go! Has a great rating on the regular ratings list. It is there so I wanted to know why it was excluded when the top hypoallergenic foods were chosen for this list. Is there something about it specifically as a food for sensitivities that kept it off this list? Maybe you don’t know the answer to my question but the person who made the list might?

  • Crazy4cats

    I don’t know why, but this may help. I copied and pasted the statement that was made at the bottom of the review. Maybe you can make a suggestion to add this food to the list. Here it is:

    The Bottom Line

    If you believe your pet is suffering from a food intolerance or a food allergy, you may wish to consider feeding a commercial dog food that’s been specifically designed to help manage these issues.

    At the end of this article, you’ll find two lists — one includes a group of hypoallergenic dog foods prescribed by veterinarians and another using limited ingredient recipes.

    These lists should not be considered a complete catalog of all hypoallergenic foods available.

    In fact, if you know of a specific dog food you believe we should have included on these lists, please feel free to share your suggestions in the Comments section below.

    Or if you’re looking for some suggestions yourself, be sure to look through our readers’ comments below to find some good ideas.

  • DogFoodie

    I’ve used Petcurean products, which includes Go! Sensitivity and Shine, and would recommend them. In fact, I’m considering trying the LID Venision for my sensitive dog currently.

  • Anita

    Yes. Thank you. I was asking specifically about why the Go! shine and Sensitivity food didn’t make the hypoallergenic list. Do you know?

  • Crazy4cats

    The Z/D food you are currently feeding is a hydrolyzed protein diet. Here is some info on that: http://www.vetinfo.com/hydrolyzed-protein-dog-food.html#b
    Most “hypoallergenic” foods will be. Unfortunately to avoid this, you will need to figure out exactly what your dog’s intolerance or allergy is. She isn’t allergic to a brand, but to an ingredient in one of those brands. Take a look at what you have fed and find a food that doesn’t have many of the same ingredients as they contain. Maybe start with a limited ingredient food listed above to make it easier to find the offending ingredient or ingredients. I hope this makes sense. :) Good luck!

  • Anita

    Hi. I don’t know. We had her on wellness core grainfree and then switched to Merricks grainfree. She always seemed to be spitting up. No other symptoms. The vet switched her to Z/D and the spitting up stopped. I wanted to try a good quality hypoallergenic dog food with something better than cornstarch and chicken liver molecules!!

  • Crazy4cats

    Do you know what your dog is sensitive to?

  • http://batman-news.com Kathie Swopes

    I have a 3 year old GSD (from Thinschmidt GSDs) with severe skin problems and perianal fistula among his many health problems. Our dermatologist prescribed Protopic Ointment it is expensive $200 a tube but it healed his perianal fistula condition very nicely. Ask your vet for an RX before resorting to surgery.

  • Anita

    I was thinking of trying Go! sensitivity as it was highly rated on the general list but I notice you don’t recommend it for food sensitivities. Why not?

  • Just_sayin3

    I have a 3 year old GSD with a prrianal fistula. I need to switch her diet. She’s grain-free but we have to at least try something before even considering surgery. Please help.

  • Dawn Carr

    If you read my reply to an earlier comment, I have had really good luck with Canine Caviar Wilderness & Open Range. My dog has severe allergies and cannot tolerate the mixed proteins along with many other ingredients. I called them and they helped me walk through (on many FB messages) the process of eliminating all but two items, protein and rice. They have a 95% protein canned food that I mixed with rice for several days to find the protein he could tolerate, from there we added certain veggies etc… and now he is on a protein rotation of Venison and Buffalo. We have only had a vet visit once in the past 12 months due to allergies and he is back on track now. They are a small company with an onsite Vet. They really are an amazing company with a good and healthy product line. My dogs allergies are extensive so I can only say what has worked for him.

  • Dawn Carr

    Agreed! My dog, unfortunately, seems to be allergic to life. Environmental as well as 53 food allergies. I have had him for two years and in that time I have gone through countless raw, canned, dry, and prescription foods. The hydrolyzed food breaks down the proteins, but does noting to address issues of the additional crap they put in the bags. The best food I have found to this point is Canine Caviar. By far the best customer service and food on the market, in my experience anyway. With their assistance and a bit of time, we were able to eliminate the reintroduce ingredients to identify then address the issues for my dog. Not one prescription food out there has helped my dog, it only costed me additional money to treat the reactions caused by them.

  • Jessica Huff

    Hi, My dogs licking drives me crazy. We cut her licking in half by giving her Acana Lamb and Apple.

  • Jessica Huff

    How is your dog doing on the Apoquel? My 20 lb Chihuahua started it 5 weeks ago. She was doing great the first 3 weeks but now not seeing much difference. The vet said to try it another month. I had her on benedryl twice a day before that and sometimes I think she might have done better. Not sure if she just needs to get more in her system. We have another appt with the vet next week. She was originally perscribed Atopica but I freaked out reading all the stuff about it on the internet and never gave it to her. I would love to know how long your dog has been taking it and more about your experience.

  • Jessica Huff

    Try adding a tiny bit of pumpkin or sweet potato. My dog is crazy for it. Of course, for allergies, we stay away from poultry. Maybe try the lamb. My dog adores it.

  • Jessica Huff

    Not baby food. For dogs with allergies, keep it simple. Add either baked carrots, pumpkin, or sweet potatoes. Vet says stay away from baby food.

  • Jessica Huff

    Similar story for my 20 lb Chihuahua. Moved to Alabama from Ohio about 2 1/2 years ago. Never had allergies or problems until we moved here. Poor girl has been on steroids a lot or getting the shot and gained so much weight. She was on Purina One Lamb and Rice. Then with her weight issues, I changed to Purina Pro Plan and had a free up to 50 lb bag coupon. After 4 days she was a HOT MESS!!! I stopped all food and treats and decided to cook for her. Discovered she’s allergic to Chicken and Turkey!!!! We have a specialty store a half hour away that has different types of foods. I went there to get advice and consulted my vet.

    She is now on Acana Lamb and Okanagan Apple dry dog food. I use a dime size heaping of pumpkin mixed in. She loves it and what a change it has made in her. We still have allergy issues and weight issues, but she’s healthier and at least 50% better. We suspect she’s allergic to Bermuda grass found in Alabama also. Maybe try mixing in a tiny bit of pumpkin for flavor. It’s good for the bowels too.

    The vet suggested Atopica but i read on the internet about all the side effects and panicked took it back and we are now on week 5 of Apoquel. She did great the first 3 weeks, now she’s having some trouble. of course it is now 97 degrees out and dry grass. How does your dog do on the Atopica?

  • Jessica Huff

    My dog uses Acana Lamb and Apple. She is highly allergic to Chicken. Once I cut chicken out of her diet, she’s a whole different dog!!!

  • Babslynne

    a good probiotic will also help control her yeast problem

  • Danielle Coward

    I have a 14 year old lab mix that is very prone to skin irritations. When it first started years ago I took her to the vet and she said she had a yeast infection on her skin, likely caused by allergens. We found she was allergic to fleas and dust mites, so she got a round of antibiotics and flea meds, but she’s continued to have issues off and on. She gets itchy, flaky skin, greasy fur that sheds and falls out in patches, itchy ears susceptible to infection, red, itchy, bumpy skin on her tummy, and an irritated vulva. I finally started to realize that all these conditions were linked to the food I was giving her. I switched her to Purina One Sensitive Systems and it seemed to help quite a bit, but she really didn’t like it so I had to add some chicken broth for her to eat it. Last time I decided to try a “senior” formula from Purina and all of her symptoms are back with a vengeance. So thanks to this article and you lovely people I’ve ordered a bag of Acana Chicken and Burbank Potato formula and I can’t wait to see what the results on her skin look like!

  • Julie

    Try honest kitchen. I give my dog the kindly and preference base mix with cooked chicken or turkey. If you call them, they will help you decide what recipe to try and send samples and coupons. We tried our dog on science diet too and she wouldn’t go near it.

  • starpawz

    Vet food is all garbage product. I know I was unhappily selling it to people for nine years. look at your labels, full of byproduct meals , corn, corn gluten, wheat meddlings etc.

  • http://batman-news.com Sam

    Hi, I have a 10 month old pitbull puppy, and he recently got a rash all over his body, First, the vet said it was a allergy, then put him on antibiotics, it went away for a bit then returned. he went on another round of anitbiotics and i was told it was a bacteria infection. I changed his food now to science diet, he was previously eating origins. But now my puppy wont eat anymore!! he eats only one cup per day. im concerned and the vets won’t tell me why!! any suggestions of food i can try? and i need some good bones he can chew since i threw away all of the chicken based bones he had!!

  • Zac Chernik

    I think this might be an interesting topic to discuss.

    BPA is showing up in an extremely high percentage of all canned foods for humans. If the cans are lined with BPA most likely even the better dog foods will be lined with BPA too.


  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    This article was originally published on October 4, 2010.

    My assistant and I are in the process of updating all our prescription dog foods — no small undertaking.

    Once that project has been completed (very soon), this article will be updated with new content and will include a list of prescription dog foods that are made with hydrolyzed protein.

  • http://magnoliasouthc.blogspot.com/ MagnoliaSouth

    Interesting that you never mentioned hydrolyzed dog food, not even once. I don’t know, I used to really trust this site but the more I read canine studies and learn about their diets, the more I find all this questionable. Hydrolyzed dog food has an enormous success rate and yet you failed to even mention it at all. I know you know about, surely. It’s a hot topic. An easy article can be found here: http://www.vetinfo.com/hydrolyzed-protein-dog-food.html

  • Adam Eugenio

    I have a Podengo/Pitbull mix who has severe skin allergies. Shakes her head sometimes, constantly chews and links her paws, and always has a red irritated anus. We’ve had her glands expelled and checked and that was not the issue. I have never tried a different food for her, only Earthborn Holistic Primitive. What would you all suggest? I was thinking a Hypoallergenic or LID food, but I’ve seen many negative reviews on LID foods as most are from poor companies. I want a quality food from a quality company with real meat, and preferably a single protein single carb type food so I can really narrow down what may be causing allergy (though I think it’s likely environmental to a large degree but won’t know til I test this food theory.

  • Brittney

    Thanks everyone for the advice. After about a week since switching his food to the sweet potato and venison his scratching has stopped and his mouth is healing. It was the food he was on that he was allergic to. I plan to switch my other dog to the same food slowly so I don’t upset his belly. Again thank you everyone!!!

  • Buffalo Mom

    “Acana Pacifica” has really helped my dog. She had so many allergy related issues and now she’s perfect. I order from Chewy.com since it’s hard to find. It arrives in 1-2 days and ships free.

  • Buffalo Mom

    This article changed my dogs life. She had so many issues and the vet kept giving her antibiotics and steroids. I found this article and decided to switch her food to “Acana Pacifica”. It fixed everything! She’s perfect and happy now. It’s not easy to find so I order from Chewy.com and it ships for free and arrives in 1-2 days.

  • Bapur Purba

    If you could add some baby food to the Acana she might enjoy it better. There are some that are strictly vegetable with mo additives. Mine gets just a taespoon full mixed in her dry good.

  • Kat Walker

    It could be his teeth. My dog who also has allergies, has some tooth issues and paws at his mouth constantly. The vet x-rayed his teeth and found crowding and one tooth which had somehow been damaged and needs to be removed.

  • Julie

    I would maybe try a limited ingredient food. My dog had a lot of skin allergies when we first got her and she did really well on Natural Balance, both the potato and duck and sweet potato and bison. It cleared it up pretty quick.

    Now we have her on Honest Kitchen base mix, but we are probably switching her back to duck and potato because she is still biting her paws.

  • Quita

    I have a pit bull. We currently feed him Pedigree complete. Since he’s started on this dog food I’ve noticed him scratching more. When he was on Purina he didn’t scratch as much. It’s getting to the point where he’s losing his coat in certain spots. Any suggestions…I’m ready to take him to the vet.

  • LaQuita Woodward

    I have a pit bull. We currently feed him Pedigree complete. Since he’s started on this dog food I’ve noticed him scratching more. When he was on Purina he didn’t scratch as much. It’s getting to the point where he’s losing his coat in certain spots. Any suggestions…I’m ready to take him to the vet.

  • Brittney

    Thanks for the advice! I’m hoping this works!

  • Crazy4dogs

    I think from the food description you are going to try Natural Balance. If it works for your allergy dog, you could slowly switch your other dog to the same food. You need to do it in very small increments so you don’t cause GI upset. You might even find that he does well on this food and, while it’s not the best, it’s a giant step up from what you’re currently feeding. People on this forum are always available to help! Good Luck with it!

  • Julie

    Thanks for the suggestions. I am going to try switching proteins and I never thought of canned before, so that could be an option. I did think about maybe her reacting to something in Kindly. I think the second ingredient is flaxseed and I know some dogs have issues with that. I will call THK today and see how I go about adding in canned food to make the complete meal.
    Any suggestions for a limited ingredient canned food?

  • Brittney

    I am cautious to switch my other dog to a different food because of his colitis and I don’t want to flare it up. I asked my vet that question and he said to leave my older dog (the one who has colitis) on the little bites so not to upset his system. But if it’s not good for him I don’t want to leave him on it either.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Purina little bites is not a good dog food. Why don’t you switch both dogs to a better food?

  • Crazy4dogs

    You might be able to use some of the “supplemental” cans of pheasant, duck, venison, to the Kindly to make it a complete meal. If that doesn’t work, it could be something in the Kindly formula.

  • Dori

    Thanks C4D. I only use the Zeal (Katie and her food issues, of course) so didn’t know that Kindly was a base mix. Oh, so I don’t know what’s in Kindly but maybe she just has to change whatever protein she’s adding.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Dori, I use THK. Kindly is a base mix that you add the protein to.

  • Dori

    Try a different protein with THK. I would go from THK to Royal Canin. Whatever the protein is in Kindly just switch. Have you given your dog a meal of just the Zeal? If not, I would suggest feeding Zeal for a few days and see if the paw biting issue stops. It may be as simple as that.

  • Julie

    What food is he on?

  • Julie

    I started my dog on honest kitchen kindly with cooked ground turkey or chicken after two years of chronic pancreatitis/IBD and a couple thousand dollars worth of vet bills. After a month, she is doing great. No more tummy issues and stool is normal. The only problem we are having now is that she is biting her paws. Vet said to switch her to a novel protein such as duck, rabbit or kangaroo and suggested royal canin select protein rx food. I hate to put her back on kibble if I don’t have to, but I know I can’t cook those novel proteins myself. I did try raw…I added a teaspoon of honest kitchen zeal to her food, but that made her vomit so now I’m a little hesitant to go that route. Any suggestions?

  • Brittney

    I have a year old corgi who constantly is itching near his mouth to the point where he bleeds. I have had him to the vet numerous times. The first time they said it was an ear infection and put him on an antibiotic and it clear up. The about a month to two months later he started itching again. I thought maybe it was because he was allergic to something at the groomers and when I took him back to the vets they said it probably was an allergy to something at the groomers and again put him on an antibiotic which his scratching stopped and his mouth was healed. I also have not taken him back to the groomers. But yet again his scratching is back. I did what the vet said and gave him Benadryl to help with the itching but it is not working. I am beginning to think he may have a food allergy. Has anyone had this issue before? What do I do? I have a call back to the vet and they will get back to me on Monday but I just feel so bad because my poor little boy just keeps scratching. Does anyone have any ideas for me?

  • Terri Castleberry

    Our cocker spaniel has allergies to all feathered animals like chicken or turkey. He lost one of his ear canals as a result. And we now feed him apples, carrots, pumpkin and Royal Canine Rabbit. He is also allergic to mold and still has some minor skin issues that require consistent bathing and attention. But the major problem with the ears has been fixed with the food.

  • marion

    My dog will not eat any chew dog product I just purchased acana turkey she will not touch this food. I tried several dog food nothing seems to workout.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Sorry I missed this. Dori gave you some good info. I buy it locally at an independent pet store. Several online retailers have it as well. I know Chewy.com and Pet360 carry it. I think Pet Supplies Plus carries it too. They do in my area.

  • Dori


    You can order directly from them at their website (above). Or on their site go to their store locater and put in your address or zip code.

  • Charlotte Dorris

    Where do you buy the THK Preference Base Mix? I’ve never heard of it. I cook for my dog too, ususally ground turkey /w organic veg. mix, but feel he needs something more.
    Toby’s mom

  • Capt Donna

    As an avid reader trying to do what’s best for my furr baby.. lost my big girl in 2013, yet it feels in my heart like today.
    Her bestest buddy still with me Daisey .. since Nov 2014 has had MAJOR yeasty paws << this was something I had NEVER even seen), itchy (corn-cobbing) on her paws, rump, thighs, forelegs and belly (These ear infections/itching previously were only once a year primarily Jan always a Kenalog shot). Which as we know steroids can be as harmful as well as quite frustrating – in this case now only giving relief for 2 to 3 weeks, whereas before it would clear it up until the next Jan

    This past Monday I requested an allergy test. At this time about a week and 1/2 until I get an answer.

    Prior to HomeMade Raw ( recipe found here and a few other places)
    Tried Zignature (All Dry) Trout and Salmon
    ZignatureTurkey (they were out of the Trout and Salmon)

    Prior to this visit I had started her on Home-Made raw
    70/30 hamburger
    boiled eggs (shells included) NO rice as I was concerned grains were part of her allergy)
    Liver (20 oz container at wally-world)
    Fish oil capsules 1200mg f/o 360 omega 3
    White tuna (Albacore)
    Milled flax seed.
    TREATS only consisted of chicken gizzards/hearts, broccoli, cauliflower and frozen green beans
    UNFORTUNATELY it was recommended that I use a supplement
    Yep – I purchased DinOvite ..
    So since starting her on Jan22nd – STILL had a major flair up to the point where I could not longer watch her (baths, benedryl) of course the answer at DinOvite was this was a *PURGE* ok…. SMH
    As of April 6th she has now been tested for allergies. Since my Vet's office has no stock of *APOGUEL*, apparently doesn't KNOW about *RESPIT* .. yes another kenalog shot..
    Mind you she found me (my Daisey)…. so I can only make a guess that she's about 9 years old….
    A note about said Office visit – I was told my Raw Diet was too much protein which could be just as detrimental to her kidneys etc as the kenalog – I don't know I am NOT a Vet hence my need for help and doing whatever I could for her. I have read, read and read some more in these forums (meanwhile since Jan – no walks as even though I can wipe her down after a walk here in West Central FL it's SO hot/humid unless it's after dark.. I had stopped walking her altogether. She used our dog door to do her business in the back yard and is mainly a by my side inside…
    GUESS what this Vet said for me to put her on SD for Sensitive Skin – after just reading a few posts
    *NO WAY*
    So now I am in a full blow conundrum .. continue with say 1/2 of the Raw Homemade (NO I do not cook it) and (insert dry kibble such as Zig Turkey)

    I can tell you when I went to add kibble to her raw she gave me a look like MOM ! WHAT !???

    Many of us "parents" no this helpless feeling…. I'll update after test results. For now.. I have enough Home Made Raw left to add with Zig/Turkey until allergy results.
    FWIW yes, she's on TriFexis with no issues and has been for some time ( home and yard are treated but you can never know about your neighbor = KNOWN allergy to fleas) so baths ..7 to 10 days with a Anti-Fungal/Medicated (MALAPET or VETIQ medicates Shampoo – heck I've even used Neutrogena T-Gel) shampoo..
    If it's out there… I've probably tried it at some point in time….
    Finding a GOOD FOOD is why I come here.

  • Melissa

    Check out small batch…. Great product. It’s a raw based products but they have patties that yiu just thaw out with all good, healthy ingredients.

  • Melissa

    You can purchase yourself even though it asks for your vets information. You don’t have to give them your vets information if you don’t want to.

  • ShaneC

    Is Nutriscan something I can buy or must it be purchased through a vet?

  • TruBlu

    Please google ratings on Royal Canin Pet food in general. It is a disgrace that Vets can sleep soundly selling that product. Simply: Sell substandard pet food and attract middle America by giving it a catchy name that makes you think that professional breeders use this food; not! Multiple recalls in years past.

  • Melissa

    Hi there, have you looked into the Nutriscan test created by Dr.Dodds? It test for food intolerances. We just did this for our rescue dog and have just started changing his food. Some people think this test is bogus but after spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars at the vets trying to fix yeasty ear infections and other skin related issues, I thought it would be worth it.

  • Crazy4dogs

    That is a really good choice theBCnut. :-) I was going to suggest that, but some people don’t want to do any work when preparing their dog’s food. I am about to slow cook a whole chicken for my dogs to add to THK Preference Base Mix.

  • theBCnut

    Look into the Honest Kitchen Zeal.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I’m sorry I missed the pancreatitis issue, so the NV Instinct is probably too high in fat. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of low fat/limited ingredient diets. In your case I might try Wellness Simple Grain Free Salmon. It is a limited ingredient and low fat formula.

  • Rae

    I suspect that my dog has a ragweed allergy (as well as other environmental allergies). I will not feed her any dog food that contains chicory root or inulin (mostly sourced from chicory). I found out years ago that chicory is related to ragweed. It blows my mind that so many dog foods contain this ingredient, yet no one in the industry
    has put two & two together. If you suspects that your dog is sensitive to ragweed, or any possible outdoor allergens, and your dog has skin issues,excessive itchiness, or gastrointestinal upset, I highly recommend checking their food for this ingredient. I feel that a limited ingredient diet is best for allergic pets as they usually do not contain additives such as this.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Nature’s Variety Instinct has several limited ingredient foods that are basically the protein and peas. There are many foods that contain no potatoes or sweet potatoes and use peas or chickpeas instead. Here’s a DFA link on that topic:


  • Tammi

    Sounds like your Brutus and my Lily suffer from similar issues. Lily was also on antibiotics and steroids many times. Her rashes got better but like Brutus, they came back after finishing each round of meds. The antibiotics had a negative effect on her bowels, and the steroids made her unable to control her bladder and she would pee in the house, something she had never done before. Fortunately, that stopped when she was off steroids. The Atopica worked very well. It’s very expensive and a competitive drug was due to come out early 2015. Another response to my post mentions the drug. I’m going to check into it.

    We moved back to Minnesota and she has had infrequent rashes since the grass was snow covered. The snow is gone for the most part and since then she has started licking her paws non-stop. This is one of her allergy symptoms. She hasn’t developed a skin rash yet. Time will tell.

    Thank you for your response and for Brutus’ story.

  • Paula

    I have a Golden Doodle called Charley and he has had blood tests and they came back that he was allergic to Lamb Beef Chicken Vension and Rice also Salmon.
    So now he is on a diet of James Wellbeloved Turkey and Vegetable Kibble and Pets at home own wet food Wainwrights Turkey and vegetable.
    He seems to have settled down with his itching but still does now and again.
    Also I have to buy only vegetable treats as all the other treats have meat derivitives in which Cahrley is allergic to.

  • Tammi

    Thank you for taking the time to respond. I appreciate the information you shared. I knew there was a new drug coming out this year that does the same as Atopica, but far less that the $3 per pill that Atopica costs. I’ll look into it.

  • http://InfoCraver.com/ InfoCraver

    Tammy- We have the same problem with our French Bulldog. He is currently on a prescription dog food, Iams KO. It consists of kangaroo and oats and he seems to do well with it. Sweet potatoes are one of the main food allergies that he suffers from, so I understand the battle. You can read more on what we have done for our frenchie here: http://infocraver.com/2012/08/my_frenchie_and_his_allergies/

  • Kathi Crawley

    Try Annamaet Option 24%. Vet recommended this food for my havanese since it has limited ingredients. Have been feeding her the food for over a year and she is doing great!! Do have to wet the food a little since she has a problem chewing it. Good luck!!

  • Justsayin50

    My boxer had pancreatitis and we fed him Ukanuba brand and he did good with it. He also had to be on meds for life with Pig pancreas enzymes. Hope it helps some.

  • Justsayin50

    You may want to try washing the feet weekly with a Chlorhexidine shampoo to relieve the itching and to clean off the allergen. You need to leave it on as long as possible (10 mins) which isn’t easy to do. Its only a relief and not a fix. There’s just an allergen in your area that is irritating the paws. Maybe even try some doggie shoes when she is outside. You can also rinse them whenever she comes in from outdoors so the allergen is not brought into the home.

  • Justsayin50

    Very true. Thyroid and pancreas can look like allergy issues. Poor baby.

  • Justsayin50

    I would get her off of that food asap!! They know when food is not good for them. Try an allergy food with no animal, egg, wheat, dairy, corn or soy in it. My dog eats Live Free brand and it works well. I found it at a holistic pet food store. You can also try coconut oil on her skin for moisture and relief. It may be an environment allergy along with food. The only thing that can help with environmental is an allergy medicine. My baby had red bumps on her stomach and I believe it was from laying in the sun on the deck. She loves the sun but sometimes the sun isn’t so good for them especially if they have white fur. Just light fair skinned humans, they have fair skin where the fur is white and it burns easily. The bully breeds (boxers, pits, staffordshires, boston terriers, bull dog) have notorious allergies. Just be careful of what you feed them. Do your research for common canine allergies.

  • Justsayin50

    Live Free brand is made especially for food allergy issues. I found it at a holistic pet food store. It has worked well for my boxer. She has environmental allergies also but the only thing that helps with that is a new drug called Apoquel. The manufacturer is having a hard time keeping up with demand right now but it should improve by 2016. I have to give it to her every other day instead of daily until there is more available.