Suggested Hypoallergenic Dog Foods

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Hypoallergenic dog foods usually share one of three basic designs. They are typically products made with:
Dog with Allergies and Scratching

  • Limited ingredients
  • Novel ingredients
  • Hypoallergenic recipes

First, because they do contain fewer components, limited ingredient dog foods can make it easier to pin down the suspected allergen to which a pet might 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 relatively obscure ingredients — like buffalo, pheasant, kangaroo or millet.

And finally, hypoallergenic recipes avoid the use of ingredients most likely to provoke an allergic reaction. According to an article published by Drs. Foster and Smith, they 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 always the cause of a canine allergy.

According to an article by 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 (but are not limited to) 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 — by its manufacturer — to help.

At the end of this article, you’ll find a list of dog foods that meet two requirements. These are products that have been rated at least three stars by The Dog Food Advisor.

And they’ve been recommended by their manufacturers to be appropriate for dogs with food allergies or food intolerances.

Please keep in mind, of course, this list should not be considered a complete catalog of all the hypoallergenic foods on the market. We only provide this small group as a starting point.

As a matter of fact, if you know of a specific dog food you believe we should have included on this list, please feel free to share your recommendations 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.

A Final Word

The information included in this article is offered in good faith and represents the views and opinions of the author only.

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.

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.

Suggested Hypoallergenic Dog Foods

  • Bob K

    What is the diagnosis? Is he an inside or outside dog? How long has he had the problem? Fleas, Mites, fants, Outdoor chemicals, bad water etc….. can all contribute. Remember to transition dog foods slowly and keep track of which foods your are trying and watch the ingredients in each of the foods. Look for common ingredients that may be contributors to the problem. Perhaps a fish and potato food grain free might be a good try

  • Bobbi Jean

    He was on Earthborn holistic, grain free food. :-( The most common dog allergens are actually meats; beef and chicken.

  • Bobbi Jean

    He had a few ear infections over the winter, stopped eating his food entirely in the spring and by summer, his hair had fallen out so much that I saw bald spots with lots of redness. He would get random puss filled spots but they would go away, until they didn’t go away. He was in bad shape when I finally figured out something was wrong. The meds definitely helped and he was on Prescription food for a month but they came back a week or two after. He is back on the meds. ugh. I just purchased more of the prescription food and need to research other foods to make the switch.

    The vet will refund anything I don’t use.

  • Bobbi Jean

    He was on Purina Pro Plan and eventually just stopped eating it all together. :-( I switched him back to Earthborn Holistic and he was on that for a few months before I noticed the problems.

  • anne wisemandle

    We have a bull/English Mastiff mix who has skin problems. We feed him Purina Pro-plan for sensitive systems. It has no chicken in it. It has helped him greatly.

  • Dori

    You didn’t mention what his symptoms are. Not sure why he was put on antibiotics. I would definitely try grain free as well as limited ingredient food. Another thought I’m having is that there is no need while you’re trying to find foods for him that you should be spending that much money. Purchase the smallest size bags and/or ask for samples. In this way if the food doesn’t agree with your dog, you are not out so much money. Initially it is more expensive to buy the smaller bags but if the food doesn’t work out you won’t feel compelled to feed your dog the entire bag because of the huge amount of money you paid for it. Also some, if not most, manufacturers will take the bag back if the food didn’t agree with your dog. A number of dog food manufacturers will also send coupons for a free bag if you call them and tell them you are thinking of using their food but would like to try it first or they will send you samples.

  • EM Wong

    I was just out of dental hygiene school when i got my dog and found out about her food needing to be “grain free.” Budget wise, I know it is a strain. Instead of dishing out for tons of foods to try, sometimes the manufacturers will send you coupons or have them on their site. I think also Petco will give you sample bags of their foods to try, or if a purchased food doesn’t work out, I think you can take the bags back for a refund. Good luck with your dog! I’ve always had luck with Natural Balance. My cocker is having an issue with her ears and I recently strayed away from NB food due to cost, but I’m trying it again in the hopes it will help. At that point, it’s worth it.

  • theBCnut

    Yikes!! The art project was definitely off his diet and you should take away the horn, at least, probably the antler too. Do you have any idea what he is reacting to yet? There are a number of Limited Ingredient Diets(LID) out there that you can try him on. They cost a lot less than the prescription diets, but there is definitely a chance that they will have some contamination with other ingredients, since they are made in factories that make several foods. To start, I would go with something far out, like kangaroo and red lentils. You may have to order over the internet to find a food that is very different than anything he has eaten before. I recommend Chewy dot com. Once you find a food that he does well on, start adding in single ingredients for a few days to see if he reacts to them. If he shows no reaction then keep adding that ingredient for a few weeks to be sure. By dooing this you will start learning what it is that he is reacting to. Good luck.

  • Bobbi Jean

    I have a 95 lb bull mastiff that is currently on an elimination diet. The $117 bag of dog food is almost gone and his symptoms have returned. The only time he cleared up was when he was put on antibiotics. He’s gotten into the trash a few times and even ate my son’s art project (made with cereal). My mother is paying for the food and will not buy another $117 bag. Unfortunately I can’t afford it as I’m in nursing school full time and only working limited hours.

    I’m hoping to find a minimum ingredient food that doesn’t cost over $100. I’m also wondering if I should take away his cattle horn and deer antlers. It just occurred to me that those bones could be a problem.

  • Elizabeth

    Thank you!!

  • Bobby dog

    Skin problems could be environmental or food based. Your dog may be reacting to a detergent, cleaning product, the outdoors, or it could be an ingredient(s) in his food. If it is food related you could start by changing his diet and switching to a food with a different protein and carb source. Keep the ingredient lists from the foods you feed and if your dog reacts to the new food, see what ingredients they have in common and look for a food without it. If it is environmental look for products that are unscented and when using them try to keep your dog outside if possible. If it is outdoor allergens you will have to bathe or rinse your dog regularly during the offending season. See the post below from 11 days ago (9/15/14
    @ 11:14) from aimee to appollosgma about itchy dogs and for a website about itchy dogs.

    As for food suggestions, I don’t have any experience with large/giant breed dogs. You didn’t mention why you are looking for a food with less than 26% protein, but to get you started there is a large/giant breed thread on the forum side with valuable information regarding this subject. There is also a list of suggested foods on page 73, look for a post from Hound Dog Mom on July 3, 2014 at 5:28 p.m. I am posting two links below, one to the first page of this forum and the second that has the link to the Google doc that contains the list of foods. Good luck!

  • Elizabeth

    I have a great dane puppy and he has had several different skin rashes. I am not sure what is causing this. He is currently eating Purina Pro Plan large breed puppy. I can’t find a puppy for giant dogs that has less than 26% protein with some type of sensitive skin. Any suggestions?

  • sue66b

    Hi Charlie, my boy has IBD & I have him on the Wellness Simple Lamb & Oatmeal his poos are the best that they have ever been & there’s no chicken or chicken fat in the Lamb & Oatmeal at first I tried the Duck & Oatmeal cause Patch cant have Chicken or potatos then Patch started scratching his ear so I looked at the ingredients again, I was so worried about getting a kibble with chicken & chicken fat I missed the Potato protein in the Duck & Oatmeal so then I put him on the Lamb & Oatmeal the Wellness Simple is good its limited ingredients, when they have the mucus on their poo their bowel is irratated by something, Patch was doing jelly poos I called them, then vet put him on Metronidzole for 2 weeks & said Coltis but sometimes he was doing poos with light red blood streck thru his poo this was when I first got him, then vet said IBD.. I didnt have the biopsy either it was $1500 & I didnt want Patch cut open & another vet I see now said why cut him open to find out what we already suspect as time went by its was looking more & more like IBD , Have you read Lew Olsons book she has had a few Rottweilers with IBD, she has some good recipes for IBD in her book called Raw & Natural Nutrition for dogs, there’s raw & cooked meals & they are so easy & she sell probiotics & other products for certain health problems, I live Australia I cant get them as she doesnt sell to Australia neither does Karen Beckers products. Ive heard Karen Beckers probiotic is excellent it has 14 strains of good bacteria & is dairy free….Are you using a probiotic I give Patch his probiotic every morning, I just mix 1 teaspoon of the powder in15mls of water & Patch loves it, so it must help him I ran out a couple of months back & I thought I’ll see when I dont give him the probiotic to him what happens his poos went very soft…so it must do something good…

  • Dori

    Hi Charles. You mentioned earlier that your dog is allergic to chicken. I was scanning through th Nutro Natural Choice Ltd Venison ans brown rice. It contains chicken fat so that may very well be the issue. One of my dogs has a lot of food allergies chicken, actually all poultry, is one of them. When looking for a food for your dog you have to read through the entire ingredient list on the bag or the manufacturers web site. Very often they’ll name a food one thing and then in the ingredient list you’ll find all sorts of other things you’re trying to avoid. Also the food you’re feeding has an awful lot of rice and peas. Too many peas in a food can cause digestive upset also. Some companies will add peas and pea protein, etc to be able to say that the food has a higher protein level so we think the proteins are coming from whichever meat you’re wanting to feed but it’s not. I would also switch your dog to a grain free food. I would do all this way before subjecting your dog to what is probably an unnecessary surgery even if you could afford it. It sounds like food allergies and intolerances to me. Also don’t forget to check all ingredients in the treats you feed. Often times we forget that the trats can contain allergens also.

    Also as theBCnut mentioned, The Honest Kitchens Perfect Form is an excellent product to use for diarrhea while your figuring out the right food for your dog. I always keep it on hand. I swear by it. Works better for my dogs than any other product given for diarrhea.

  • theBCnut

    This could still be because his intestines were upset for so long. You may want to look into a supplement like The Honest Kitchen’s Perfect Form. It has ingredients to help firm up the stool as well as ones that help calm and heal the intestines.
    You may also want to go grain free, at least until his system has calmed down. Grains can be inflamatory, even in a dog that isn’t actually allergic to them.

  • Charlie

    Does anybody know? I ended up changing his food to Nutro Natural Choice LID Venison and Brown Rice. Now, when I walk him and he takes more than one poop, the first one is hard but after that the diarrhea is either very mucus like or light tan like it was giardia causing the diarrhea .

  • Marie Williams

    Thanks!!

  • Sue

    Nutrisca and Earthborn. Only certain flavors as some of the flavors have egg in them.

  • Marie Williams

    Sue what food did you settle on?

  • Dori

    Hi 4FF. Not only does it seem like overuse of steroids and antibiotics, but using them for no reason that I can figure out from her original post. I have a lot of environmental allergies and intolerances to fragrances, wool, etc. but my doctor has never suggested that we put me on steroids and antibiotics for them nor would she. Sure I’m itchy a lot of the times if I don’t avoid what I’m allergic to but still no reason for steroids or antibiotics. The steroids would probably stop or lesson the itchiness but that would mean that what? I should stay on them forever. No, just avoid what you are allergic or intolerant to. It annoys me to no end when a vet takes the easy way out and gives shots and pills instead of figuring out what the problem is.

  • 4FootedFoodie

    And, Appolosgma said that “each time” the dog would go to the vet he would end up on steroids and antibiotics. That told me that it happened more than a couple of times and clearly sounded like overuse of steroids and antibiotics to me also.

  • Dori

    Hi Sue. The reason for my comment to Appolsgma regarding the steroids and antibiotics is that I believe her case is different. With Patch, he wasn’t just itchy, as you say the whole back of his neck was infected and no fur. Clearly he was a case that did need antibiotics and steroids if Patch was on those also. When there is clearly an infection either visibly or internally then (proven by testing), of course, antibiotics and possibly steroids are called for. Appolsgma’s dog was put on both with no signs of infection. Her dog is scratching constantly clearly having an allergic or intolerant issue with something. The steroids are just masking the problem, not treating and getting to the underlying issue. As to the antibiotics, I have no clue why a vet would give antibiotics to an itchy dog with no clear signs of infection and without knowing what the problem is. To what purpose? That’s all I was getting at. I do believe that there is a time and definite need for antibiotics I just don’t believe it was the right call for this dog. Yours, yes absolutely.

  • sue66b

    When the skin is infected a vet will prescribe an antiboitic, when I rescued Patch his whole back of his neck was infected & no fur, he was put on antibiotics for 2 weeks, it cleared the puss & some of his sore burst, vet told me that Patch will never grow any fur on the back of his neck, he has grown all his white fur back but I can feel scar tissue lumps under his fur where all the sores were when I pat or rub his neck, I’d say a rope or real tight collar caused this..

  • aimee

    Hi Jill,

    If doing an elimination diet is the next step I would only use a diet from a vet, a homemade or maybe Rayne nutrition.

    When tested, limited ingredient diets purchased OTC were found to have ingredients not on the ingredient panel. Cross contamination during manufacture is common.

    The vet diets are expensive $$$$ but so worth it!!! You need to think of the expense as doing a test to answer a question. Once you know if the dog responds or not then you can branch out a bit.

    My dog had GI symptoms of vomiting, anorexia, weight loss and bloody diarrhea. He had a full work up at an internist. He responded to diet trial. The third trial was a success: venison and potato.

    He has been doing well ever since. I think it may be that potato worked so well because it is a good source of resistant starch.

    I can add things to his diet. He does well with vegetables. I can add small amounts of chicken. Larger amounts of meat though have caused reappearance of symptoms. He also doesn’t tolerate fats well.

    He does best on lowish fat, mod protein and mod- high carb diet.
    Good luck!

  • Jill Heath

    Andrea, I find your information very interesting. I have a dog with hyper-sensitive intestinal inflammation. Cost me $1000 to find that out and they have no idea why! They want us to do an elimination diet from them of course. I tried to find the Roger Buduk site but to no avail. Do you have that exact website address? Thanks so much!

  • shirl k

    Thank you very much Skyblupink for your advice on the dog food. My daughter gave up on safe dry dog food and now makes her pugs food too. I will do some more research on the Holistic Select and I will call the Co. as well. Thank you again I really appreciate it.

  • Sue

    Our 6 year old Boxer has had major allergies since she was under a year. She was on predisone and Atopica which had horrible side effects for her. Did some research and found coconut oil was good for dog allergies. We purchase the most expensive one on tropicaltraditions.com and she has had amazing results. She is totally off all medication and gets coconut oil once a day. Her choices of dogfood is very limited as she’s allergic to soy, barley, beef, pork, egg, main ingredients in a lot of dogfoods. I would highly recommend getting an allergy test done on Apollo. Who would have thought my Boxer was allergic to Barley, soy, eggs????? It’s worth the money. The allergy shots did nothing for her but gave her flu-like symptoms.

  • Tiffany Woodington

    About a eek ago I started her on raw. Salmon, broccoli, carrots, green beans, yogurt, sweet potato, she takes Benedryl I have been putting that in peanut butter. She gets a snack cookie that is organic peanut butter and banana. I made an appointment with a dermatologist that practices at mu vet school here in Missouri it is next Thursday. Am I close to on the right track? Should I be giving a supplement? Thank you

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Tiffany, watch this video. It’s Dr. Karen Becker, she’s a Vet. She talks about cleaning yeasty ears, but you also need to get carbs/ starch/ sugar out of the diet. http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/05/03/eating-these-foods-can-make-your-dog-itch-like-crazy.aspx

  • Tiffany Woodington

    What about yeast in Dachshund ear? Want to have allergy tested but not what is best way?

  • skyblupink

    If you want to switch to bison, Taste of the Wild has a bison version. I have used the Salmon Taste of the Wild in the past and tried to switch at one point to the bison, and it gave my dogs very runny stools, because the bison is so rich. So beware if you switch to a bison food, whatever the brand. I think Taste of the Wild is a decent food, but eventually, as with all brands, my dogs started to have problems while on it, so we changed brands. In my case, it’s not necessarily the food as much as it is my dogs. Also, I’ve never heard about the mercury poisoning being an issue, but I suppose it’s possible, just as it is in humans. You would need to do some research regarding the amounts in your Holistic Select, and how much would be toxic for dogs the size of your dogs. Good luck. I am currently feeding my dogs homemade after an incident involving some bad Blue Freedom Grain Free. My peke refused to eat it, and my chow girl ate it and has been throwing up for weeks since. So be careful if you use Blue. There is no recall, but my PetSmart told me they have had a lot of complaints of late regarding Blue causing sickness.

  • JudyandSam Simpson Norris

    The company my vet uses is called:
    Veterinary Allergy Reference Laboratory, Liquid Gold Allergy Testing. They are in Pasadena, California. He drew blood and sent it in. I’m sure your vet can do the same.

  • aimee

    Hi Apollosgma,

    You can find a lot of good information about itchy dogs at itchnot dot com The site is by a board certified dermatologist. In the CE notes section article 6 in the top 10 common dermatoses addresses food “allergy”

    Doing a proper food elimination trial is tricky. You can find information at veterinarypartner dot com

    To do proper trial I’d only use either foods from the vet office, home cooked or perhaps rayne nutrition. This is because commercial limited ingredient foods when tested have been found to contain protein sources not on the labels.

    I was awestruck at the amount/type of quality control that goes into vet limited ingredient diets to ensure they truly do not contain containment proteins.

    Yes these diets are expensive! That type of quality control is expensive. Think of the trial as a diagnostic test as that is what is is.

    Dog with itch often will have secondary skin infection. It is important to find and treat infections appropriately otherwise you may fail to see improvement with the food trial as infection causes itch.

    Antibiotics/antifungal are often times an integral part of treatment. Frequent testing of the skin can guide their use. It is very important to stay on a schedule with your vet and return for rechecks.

    Shampoo therapy can work wonders and help decrease or eliminate the need for oral medications.

    Finally ask your vet if a referral to a board certified veterinary dermatologist is appropriate.

    Good Luck!

  • Bobby dog
  • Daniel Ryan Baker

    what is this allergy testing called

  • sue66b

    Hi Apollosgma, this breed is prone to skin problems, try an limited ingredient kibble, or start an elmination diet, you just start with 1 protein the opposite to what is in the vet diet & add boiled rice, do this for 2 weeks, no treats nothing, just his elimation diet, then add a new ingredient, say pumkin or boiled egg, I found my boy cant have Potatoes or sweet potatos he itches like mad, I stop the potato & he’s back to normal, it takes time the elmination diet but its better then being on steriods & antibiotics also maybe change ur vet to a holistic vet & put him on a good dog probiotic after being on antibiotics,stick with low carb foods no high carb foods,

  • Dori

    First thing I would do is stop with the steroids and stop with the antibiotics. If your vet suspects food intolerance than I don’t understand why he’s giving him antibiotics. He doesn’t have an infection anywhere does he? Steroids and antibiotics in a dog that has no need for them will only mask the symptoms and not the underlying issues. They are also horrible for their systems. Second thing I would do is switch him to a poultry, grain free dog food. Lastly, I would not feed him hypoallergenic food that my vet not only recommends but sells at his clinic.

  • Apollosgma

    My grand-dog, Apollo, is a pit-mix. He is almost 3 years old. In the last 2 years he has developed what the vet calls a food allergy. To what, we are not quite sure. First we thought beef…switched to turkey…now to salmon. Each time he goes to the vet he gets steroids and antibiotic. This time we spent $88 on a hypoallergenic food at the vet on top of everything. Now that he’s been off the antibiotic and steroids for a week, he’s starting to itch and show signs of a rash again! HELP!!!!

  • shirl k

    Hi, I have 4 dogs, 3 dachshund mix and Rylee a westie schnauzer mix that is 4. He has had skin issues since I first got him at 8 weeks old. I have had him on Holistic Select grain free Anchovy, Sardines and Salmon meal dry dog food for 2 1/2 yrs and really saw great improvements with his fur. My other 3 babies eat this as well as it is for puppy up to adults. Rylee and my other 3 went for their wellness check up a few months ago and my Vet told me it is time to change their dog food so we don’t have to worry about mercury poison were they have been on it for several years now. I have switched them over to Wellness grain free turkey and chicken and Rylee’s fur is horrible. He scratches a lot more since he has started on this food and throws up from time to time. I called his Vet and was told to try something like Bison but I don’t know what is a good dry dog food. Can I please get some advice about a healthy dry dog food that will help and has anyone else heard anything about mercury poison with the fish dog food? thank you,

  • sue66b

    Hi Damaris, first change their diet, something thats wheat free, potato free any high carbs free, “Holistic Select” Adult Anchovy,Sardines & Salmon meal is excellent for itchy skn, also you have to deal with the fleas, your boy mite be allergic to the fleas, 1 bite can make them itch & scratch for hours also with the Paws fill a shallow bath & add Betadine so the water looks like tea or I use Detol Antiseptic it cheaper & does the same thing, you soak their paws for about 5mins, Dr Karen Becker has a video on the Betadine soak…it kills any bacteria also u need a good shampoo I use Malaseb Medicated shampoo it kills any bacteria but doesnt strip the good oils in their skin the Malaseb is also excellent for their red itchy paws, or you could start with an elimination diet if the kibble doesnt work but the elimination diets takes months as you add a new food each week then if they start scratch it was the new food…I gave up after adding the 4th food as it takes too long but I learnt my boy cant have potatos or sweet potatos he got a rash all over his stomach then I gave him potato again the next day as I thought maybe the grass gave him the rash, he was real itchy his rash on his stomach got worse so it was the potato & I only addded about 1/4 of a potato…. with the sweet potato he’d started to scratch his ears, so now I dont buy any kibbles with potato or sweet potato.. Wellness has some good kibbles,but the Holistic Select was the best for itchy skin also made by Wellpet, also the Holistic Select & Wellness made the September Editors choice foods for the month..also tin sardines in spring water are good for their skin..

  • JudyandSam Simpson Norris

    I don’t see where you have had her tested for allergies. I think you should, this would help you identify exactly what she is allergic to. We had the same thing with my Abbie, itching, scratching, biting, licking even with her on grain free. So we had blood drawn for allergy testing 3wks ago and boy what a difference !!! While we were awaiting the results, our vet started her on Zyrtec, 10mg, daily and we are feeding her Fromm Grain Free Lamb & Lentils and boy, what a difference. We got back the results 1.5wks ago and found out she’s allergic to chicken, white potatoes, yeast, fleas, Johnson grass. She’s doing a lot better and now, both of us are on Zyrtec, I have terrible allergies, guess she gets it from me !!!!!!! Ha, Ha !!!!!

  • Damaris

    I have a min schnauzer, 5 and a min yorkie not teacup, 3 years, he’s 9 lbs, the vet recommended pedigree which we have been using for five years. I’m just learning about grain free food. Both had bouts of fleas for first time this summer. The yorkie, is biting his paws, two of them are raw. It’s the summer and he spends time in the backyard, all grass. As I am searching, just learned it could be food allergies, where do I start.

  • James

    I would not recommend the foods you have open tabs on. (except castor, not familiar with) Here are some suggestions which I have personally seen help suffering dogs similar to your own. (Stay away from chicken, beef, and grains.r )
    Zignature (trout formula)
    Acana singles++
    Spring Naturals ++
    NutriSource Pura Vita

    As always, I would recommend a rotational diet.

    Lastly, I would add a digestive enzymes supplement immediately. (Very Important)

  • Dawn

    When we first got our O.E. Sheepdog rescue he was almost three years old and eating Pedigree. Thought I was doing good by feeding him salmon and brown rice by Nutro, but after a few days he immediately began itching all over. Figured out it was the brown rice and moved to grain-free. That did the trick.

  • Holly

    In 4 years we tried a dozen different foods for our beagle/pit, he had awful stomach issues. We couldn’t pin down a specific allergy, suspected several. 2 months ago we tried Natural Balance LID duck & potato. No further stomach problems and the constant itching has stopped. They also have treats that he can finally have, before LID his treats were ice cubes and he loves them but can now enjoy a real treat with our other dog.

  • Charlie

    Hi Everybody. My 1.5 yo Rottweiler is allergic to chicken, which I’ve known for almost all his life but now he has had diarrhea for a month. Took him to the vet a few times – parasite test came back negative and xray confirmed nothing is blocking his stomach or his intestines. Now they want to do a biopsy of his intestines to see if it’s Irritable Bowl Syndrome. I don’t have $400 for a biopsy. I think I should give him a LID or a hypoallergenic food. Right now I’m feeding him Acana Regionals. I see Acana is on the list, is that for all Acana dry food or just Acana and not Acana Regionals?

  • Bobby dog

    Hi claudiagirl:
    There is no perfect food; the best food is what your dog does well on. This is one reason I feed my pets a rotational diet.

    If you are confident it is an allergy I would pick a food that has a different protein and carb source from the food you currently feed as a starting point. I would also choose a food with a single protein. If your dog continues to have issues compare the ingredients to your dog’s previous food to see what ingredient(s) the foods have in common. Then, try a food without that ingredient(s) next.

    This is a great place to start researching foods, but you have to keep in mind each dog is different and will have a different experience eating each food reviewed on DFA; some good, some bad.

    My dog and cats have always done well on all of the Wellness products. I have only fed Innova canned dog and cat food, which they did well on. I used to feed BB and C&P but no longer do because of possible quality control issues. Good luck!

  • claudiagirl

    I am extremely sure my dog is having food allergies; she is a Boxer-Pitbull Mix and typically is a very active 55 lbs 2 year old. For several months now we have noticed a change in her demeanor and by that I mean she has been much more irritated by her skin. She is excessively scratching everywhere in her reach, from her face to the back of her ears, her back and the sides, her forearms and legs, and she continuously is biting and licking her paws or some other body part at a very persistent manner too. She has bald patches and an inconsistent coat from concentrated scratching in those areas, as well as scabbing and bleeding from constant scratching. I noticed she would then break out in hives a bit over her body and began to notice her fur entirely was thinning.
    We took her to the vet about mid-June for a couple of days as we were out of town, and made a huge effort to stress my concern with my dog’s skin irritation. I told them to do any test and such just to check if she was alright. They called us the first day and said she had an ear infection in both ears, and they would be doing blood work and testing for any fungal infection on her skin. They both came out negative, but noticed that it was extremely weird that she was scratching so much, so they put her on antihistamines to relieve her itching as well as antibiotics to help with the ear infections. Her overall appearance seemed better, and she also seemed to be gaining back more of her fur. However, once the antihistamines had worn off, she was back to her usually routine. What played a big concern is she is an outside dog, but whenever I am home I let her inside, she has no fleas or heartworm or anything of that sort, but due to her active nature she is an olympic athlete racing all over the yard constantly, through bushes and trees and will lie and more than often dig in dirt. So I assumed maybe it could be environmental factors; she is getting itchy from playing in the dirt and running through all these trees and rolling in the grass and dusty patio floor. Yet I’m starting to rule it out slowly just from excessive cleaning and brushing and the more I let her inside than before. I have a strong feeling it could be her food.

    My mom had her on Eukanuba Puppy food, as a puppy, then transitioned her to regular Adult food of the same brand. Due to my big dog eating my small dogs food and vice versa, she decided to switch my bigger dog to the same brand as my tiny one: Iams Adult Dry Food (Lamb and Rice). The problem still proceeded, and from I suggested we go back to my big dog’s food prior, which showed no changes in improvement. I’m now in a crossroad of which dog food to use, since I do not know what exactly my dog is allergic to (I am referring to food allergies and not food intolerance, I am quite aware of both terms as I’m a BioChemistry Major heading towards being a Neurologist, so please do not put forward any counterclaims on my knowledge on simple definitional terms), and therefore can’t really pinpoint an ingredient that would be the cause of her skin inflammation.

    I know that the leading listed ingredients in Eukanuba was: chicken, cornmeal, GWG Sorghum, chicken-by-product, GWG barley, dried beet pulp, chicken flavor, dried egg product, potassium chloride, fish oil (unspecified), chicken fat, salt, flaxseeds, and yeast.
    Iams consists of similar ingredients: chicken, GWG sorghum, GWG barley, chicken meal, lamb, fish, brewer’s rice, dried beer pulp, chicken flavor, dried egg product, and potassium chloride.

    I know that both brands are not very well known for a holistic and healthy dog foods, I’ve been looking more into other brands that serve more nutritional values and hypoallergenic ingredients.

    I’ve looked through this site quite a bit, and through the “5-star” rated dog foods from the site, and tried to find more information on this aspect. However, I do not find myself any closer to leaning towards a specific dog food. I have open tabs on Blue Buffalo Wilderness, Castor and Pollux, Wellness, and Innova at this point, but find myself to be repeatedly discouraged after reading most of the comments under the editor’s product review.

  • disqus_wvMLVA1hDr

    I posted on here about 7 or 8 months ago. We had adopted a mixed breed dog with no health information. Not surprisingly, he turned up heartworm positive. He was terribly itchy. We began him on ivermectin and changed him over to Petsmart’s hypoallergenic sweet potato and salmon dry dog food, because we thought he was allergic to chicken and all grains.

    He improved immediately on the salmon and sweet potato dry food, but he also no longer had circulating microfilariae, since he’d received high dose ivermectin and doxycycline. We thought that he was allergic to chicken, but someone on this website said it might simply have been his heartworm infection that made him so itchy.

    Well, I think that person was probably right. He now is about five weeks out from his final set of arsenic injections. We have given him a number of different foods – chicken, beef, even grain products, and he is not itchy. I think that his apparent allergies were really caused by his body’s reaction to the heartworm infection.

    Just wanted this info up here for the next guy. If your dog seems very itchy, make sure they’ve been tested for heartworm infection. It is definitely in the differential diagnosis.

  • 4FootedFoodie

    Hi Dani,

    If the shelter spent that much time and effort on determining your pup’s intolerance issues, I wish they would’ve shared their findings with you. Has it been a while that you’ve had him, maybe they still have a record of their findings. It’s worth a shot.

    The problem with limited ingredient food, is that if any of his problem ingredients are among those ingredients, you’ll still have a problem. For example, one of my dogs can’t have any fish at all, but he also can’t have chickpeas, lentils or flax. So, while you have to avoid your obvious problem proteins, it’s those secondary problem ingredients can be at least, and sometimes more frustrating.

    The limited ingredient I’ve had the best luck with is Nature’s Variety Instinct LID. They’ve recently been reformulated and while I wouldn’t recommend the lamb, I’d recommend the other varieties. Some other good ones might be Back to Basics, Zignature, Earthborn Holistics Coastal Catch, The Honest Kitchen Zeal or Wellness Simple.

    I might also consider adding prohibitive and digestive enzymes to his food to help improve his overall gut health and digestion. Coconut oil also might help with digestion. If he can eat fish, a couple of cans of sardines weekly would add Omega 3’s, fish oil added to his food would also help with that.

    As for treats, you could try limited ingredient treats (like those in the NVI LID line) or freeze dried single protein meat treats like Vital Essentials – I like their tripe niblets – our you could purchase fresh, raw lamb from My Pet Carnivore or Hare Today and make him his own special treats.

  • Dani Woehrle

    4FootedFoodie, first, i want to thank you for actually taking time to discuss this. The shelter said they spent two years working to determine what Chewy was allergic to, and though they never told me what specifically what that is they did say he does best on a “limited ingredient” food. The kibble they gave me is the one he has done the best on.
    I knew of Chewy and would visit him over the last year and a half and have never seen him with as much hair as he has at this moment. Nor have I seen him without big patches of chewed up skin, and now he has almost total healing in these ares. So, im not as concerned with changing what he is eating.If anything im thinking of switching the beagles over to a Limited Ingredient food as well.
    What I am interested in is treats! The gang doesnt get many snacks, as I am very into keeping them at healthy weights, but after our evening walk and tick checks the guys get a treat. Poor Chewy has been getting a few pieces of kibble while the beagles get homemade chicken meatballs, venison slices, apple slices, etc…
    Chewy is 11 and im not trying to shake up his world too much, but want him to very much feel at home with the other guys. I would also love to improve his moblity and continue help him heal his wounds and regrow his beautiful Chow coat.

  • 4FootedFoodie

    OK, gotcha. Did they tell you what they determined were his allergies / intolerances? A true elimination diet takes quite a while and requires a lot of discipline. I’m surprised a shelter would be able to take that on.

    Regardless, it sounds like you like to offer fresh, whole foods, but is kibble sort of your base food? Are you waiting to be able to try another kibble other than lamb & rice? What kibble do you feed that works well for him?

    Don’t beat yourself up for trying something that didn’t work. Who wouldn’t thought he’d react so strongly to moose?

  • Dani Woehrle

    4FootedFoodie,
    the Humane Society i adopted Chewy from did. When i took him home they gave me a 30lb bag of Lamb & Rice food. i just wanted to treat my guys tonight, as my beagles LOVE game (venison, elk, moose) and thought maybe Chewy would be ok, since its not processed or anything. it was no more a half hour later that he chewed a weeping wound in his tail. im convinced no more anything for Chewy except lamb & rice. its killing me thinking about how i made my pup suffer. so much so the beagles are all over me knowing im upset

  • 4FootedFoodie

    Hi Dani,

    So sorry about your pup!

    Have you ever tried a true elimination diet?

  • Donna Mixon

    My dog is allergic to food too. I use baby carrots as treats. All of our dogs LOVE them!

  • Dani Woehrle

    My heart is breaking! My chow/shep is very allergic to almost everything! So what do i do tonight, go and give him 2 pieces of the moose roast i made for dinner! UGH!!! Poor guy. i finished doing dishes and found he licked a fresh wound, bleeding and all, at the base of his tail. im at a loss because my two beagles do well with game, fruits and vegetables, but this poor guy cant seem to tolerate anything but his Lamb & Rice kibble. i want to be able to give him a treat when the beagles get one, but i cant seem to find one that doesnt have an adverse effect. Any advice is greatly appreciated, and any kind words as my heart is really hurting and im near tears over causing him to lick himself sore

  • Tania Crawford

    This article and all the comments seem really helpful. I have a 20 month old border collie boy who on May 26 had massive surgery for an intestinal block. The day after he got his stitches out from that, he was bit by a rattler. Over 4 weeks on crazy amounts of pain pills & huge doses of antibiotics and he has never been the same since.

    The two big symptoms are diarrhea & compulsive licking of paws during the night.

    I now have him on really great probiotics and am going to start Calming Aide Plus this evening to hopefully help us get more sleep. But…with the food piece I feel like I’ve been a bouncing ball sending him all over the place.

    I have two dogs so putting them on a raw diet is simply cost prohibitive after the $5,000 in vet bills so ideally we’d have a kibble and then home-made fresh food or wet to supplement. I know ground-beef & lamb is really hard on him…he seems to do better on chicken gizzards.

    It’s hard to believe rice – even brown — would be something a dog would eat in the wild. We only feed grain free kibble.

  • Tiffany Turner

    A Holistic or Naturopathic Vet. is the best thing you could do for your dog. Please at least give it a try 1 time and you’ll never go back to ur regular Vet. again. Best of luck with ur big guy. And all those oils are great but until you figure out the source of the problem none of those will help…besides maybe soothing the irritation. And try “Lucky Vitamin” or “Swanson Vitamin”…they will have all your looking for. =O)

  • trgr12

    My poor Pyrense was put thru so many meds, shots for allergies. Changed dog foods. Did all the allergy testing. Finally I made them do more extensive blood work that had to be sent off. Turns out the loss of hair, skin turning black was A severe thyroid problem. Now I read an article on a vet that has done long turn studies on all the health shots, rabies shots, and all the extra shots they give all at once causing these type problems with dogs with compromised amuine systems. So now that she is all cleared up and I have taken her off her thyroid meds for over 4 mths now. No more shots for her anymore. She is 7 now and I will not take a chance of putting her thru all that again. She was on antibiotics, steroids, special shampoos, over and over for over a year and a half. no more.

  • lori

    Tara, I get the pumpkin at Whole Foods or Sprouts. any store will be fine as long as it is 100% pure pumpkin and not the pie filling. the anchovy and sardine oil I get at a dog food specialty store called Long Leash on Life. it is Omega 3 Pet medium to large breed dogs by Nordic Nature. I give my dog 1 teaspoon daily and he weighs 60 pounds. the dosing instructions come on the jar. as far as the coconut oil. you can feed 1teaspoon per every 10 pounds of weight. so your dog can have. up to 10 teaspoons daily. however you want to start out on like 1/2 a teaspoon and slowly work your way up as it can cause tummy distress until the dog is used to it. you can also rub it directly on the itchy rash. rub it in well as it can’t rub off on furniture and carpet. hope this helps. let me know if you have questions. good luck

  • Tara Hutchings

    Lori… please tell me more about the coconut oil, pumpkin, sardine, and anchovy oil…. where do you find the pumpkin, sardine, and anchovy oil??? We use coconut oil in our home and have an abundance of that!! Also… what are the weight ratios on the pumpkin, sardine, and anchovy oil??? My rashy/itchy guy weighs 100 lbs. He has had a constant rash since we brought him home. I am DYING to find a solution for him!!! Thank you!!

  • lori

    Daneger Zone – My dog has serious food allergies, too. I met with a holistic Vet who recommended Zignature, limited ingredient duck formula. And one ingredient duck treats. (Dehydrated duck breast, liver, etc). She also had me add coconut oil (1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of weight – start slowly!), pumpkin and a sardine and anchovy oil (1 tsp. per day based on his weight of 60 lbs). I also used the coconut oil externally on the rash on my dog’s belly – i massaged it in very well. His skin is gorgeous now. No itching, no more ear problems. I hope this helps!

  • Daneger Zone

    I’ve been having a lot of trouble when it comes to feeding my Great Dane the right food. He was breaking out on his skin and his vet said that he was allergic to chicken, beef, and pork. We changed his food and the allergic reactions went away.

    The problem is, however, he doesn’t really eat any of the new food I’ve tried and now he is losing a lot weight. I’ve tried salmon, venison, turkey, and even lamb, but he doesn’t really eat it. It’s really hard finding good and more importantly, affordable food for my dog without any chicken in it. Does anyone have any experience with this and can help me out?

  • Robin Harrigan

    it would also be a good idea to get your dog allergy tested. I went through quite a few dog foods and finally had my dog tested. found out he’s allergic to dust mites! I now have to give him allergy shots like a human. I am still trying different LID dog foods also. He’s had some bouts of gagging and diarrhea. so switching from rabbit & potato to something else now just don’t know what yet.

  • Jim Chee

    I wasn’t crazy about the Iams KO, but it was recommended by the dermatology clinic for a 3-month trial for it’s unique protein to see what he might be allergic to, not as a long-term use dog food. Same with the prescription Hills Salmon & Potato, to try out another protein to see how he would do.

    Apparently, prescription dog foods are run thru clean equipment, whereas non-prescription dog foods might be “contaminated” by the last batch of dog food that was processed. I even called Taste of the Wild to ask them how they processed dog food, and they said they run one batch of the new dog food thru their equipment and discard it, but they don’t take apart the equipment and thoroughly clean it or have separate equipment for each kind. (I too felt TOW was the least expensive decent dog food.)

    I agree, yearly vaccinations are no longer necessary, so I had titers done, and only had the required shots administered (like rabies). Most vets are not on board with that approach (titers vs boosters) despite AAHA guidelines saying otherwise for many years now. Also agree, I only administered Temaril-P for brief periods (2 – 3 days) to quiet things down when allergies were extreme, but didn’t want to go on using it long term, preferring something milder (Chlortab, children’s Benadryl).

    Heading west gave the best results!

  • aquariangt

    I’ve heard of some people having to go on that kangaroo diet. There are others but they aren’t much better companies. I certainly wouldn’t call TotW a decent food, and there are plenty of options out there not made by Diamond that are cheaper than them

  • Andrea Davis

    IAMS? Science Diet? Taste of the Wild is the least expensive decent food I would recommend. And yearly vaccinations are no longer necessary they suppress the immune system and using Temeril P suppresses it even more. http://over-vaccination.net/questionable-vaccines/pet-vax/

  • Andrea Davis

    Look for something with good ingredients. NOT IAMS or Science Diet or Eukanuba. The stuff they sell at the vet is absolute crap. Try something like Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon (no grain & no potato), if that doesn’t work go to something like Nature’s Logic (has to be ordered but reasonable and is delivered free to your front door) If a dog has a food sensitivity or even allergy usually it’s to a grain or too much carbs & crap fillers. White potato is inflammatory and almost every food out there has white potato in it. Look at Roger Buduk’s site to learn ingredients to avoid in foods & why.

  • Jim Chee

    It does seem to be the case that food is not always the culprit. I have a 2.5 year-old English Springer Spaniel that I’ve had to 1.5 years (rescue dog). We live in south Louisiana and spent last summer in southeast Ohio. He had a problem licking and scratching excessively, and this summer was licking his elbow so much it turned scabby.

    I went thru the process of going to a dermatology clinic, restricted diet of Iams Kangaroo and Oats, for three months, eliminated any treats or chews to kangaroo only. Changed his heart worm treatment to non-flavored liquid Ivermectin. Spread out his booster shots over a period of a few weeks, or had titers done. Gave him Temaril-P, Chlortab, child Benadryl, as necessary.

    His trial on Kangaroo & Oats seemed to “cure” him…but it was during December/January/February. I transitioned him to Hill prescription Salmon & Potato, then Wellness Simple Salmon, then Taste of the Wild Lamb, tried reindeer antlers. Results were mixed. Sometimes he had a flare up, and I couldn’t be completely sure what was causing it.

    In late June we left Louisiana for Denver, and then went to north Idaho. Lo and behold, with 1.5 days of arriving in Denver, his allergies disappeared! And have not returned yet (after two months). I’ve been gradually re-introducting things into his diet, like rawhide chews, duck & potato treats, pumpkin, peanut butter, a little beef. No problems. The two food things I though he was allergic to were chicken and beef, with chicken being the worst. I’m going to gradually re-introduce those to him while we’re still in the west and see if they really are a problem.

    So, if you live in the east, try a vacation in the west with your allergic dog and see what happens.

  • Shonya S

    I feed raw, but I’m looking for a limited ingredient kibble for a neighbor’s dog. None of the three kibbles listed is even close to being limited in ingredients. Are there none?

    I’m also at a loss to understand how ingredients like chicken and eggs, for example, are considered hypoallergenic when they’re known to be very common allergens. (Of course I realize allergies are individual, but to market them that way when they are statistically allergenic?) Surely there are some better options?

  • Shonya S

    You shouldn’t put tea tree oil on a lesion where the skin is broken or weeping. It can be painful.

  • john call

    Thank you for the tip on the foot soak blog.. It really helped even after the first time. It gave her relief that nothing else did.

  • LabsRawesome

    Here’s a blog that explains how to do foot soaks to kill yeast. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-karen-becker/dog-health_b_1651994.html

  • john call

    If it is yeast, what is good to use?

  • LabsRawesome

    I’m confused. Did you post as Darcy Gregory yesterday? Or is this a different person? Yeah that corn chip odor is the yeast smell.

  • Dee Gregorius

    Yes! His paws do smell like musty old corn chips…LOL! But true. I don’t think it can be the grass but who knows….definitely sounds like yeast from what you’re saying.

  • LabsRawesome

    You should also check for yeast. Do your Labs feet smell like corn chips?

  • Darcy Gregory

    I’ve been trying to figure out my yellow labs issue with redness between toes and forelegs. I give him the best food Orejen adult but he still seems to have issues. I then started reading about his heartworm medication and found out that Trifexis can cause the same symptoms such as redness, itching, etc. plus it’s got a pretty bad rap and has caused death in some dogs. I am going to the vet this week to change his heartworm meds and see if that might help. I am going to try Merrick dog food (buffalo) – grain free/high protein..sometimes too much protein can be bad as well or at least the wrong protein.

  • Bobby dog

    Thanks USA! ;)

  • USA Dog Treats

    Excellent answer Bobby dog!!!

  • john call

    We have a very large mixed breed dog, she was a rescue so her breed is not known. After having her for approx 3 years she started getting a sore along both sides of her nose. Where her hair meets the nose sides. About 18 inch wide and 12 inch long.. She was also chewing and pulling her hair between the toes. One vet gave us topical antibiotic..did not work.. Another gave her predisone and antibiotic pill, that worked for her nose and biting the feet.. Once off it came back and she started biting her feet again… We took her to a third vet and she gave antibiotic pills and predisone and suggested a grain free diet. It been a month now and the sores healed up. She’s is off all meds. Her stomach is reddish and sometimes her inside of the ears are red. Has anyone else had the problem with the sores along the nose? We are hoping the grain free will help. We are using TOTW bison and venison.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi toni:
    The best food is the food that works best for your dog! There are many good foods out there and he seems to be letting you know it’s time for a change. Any other health issues besides burps/reflux? Where will you be purchasing dog food? What is your budget? Are you comfortable purchasing food on-line?
    To get you started looking for a healthy food check out the review for Kibbles & Bits to learn about what is in that food. This knowledge will help you with choosing a new food for your pup.
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/kibbles-n-bits-dog-food-dry/

  • toni

    My huskie is almost 3yrs old and I currently buy kibbles and bits but he burps and makes reflux sounds what would be the best food for him?

  • Paula Brenner McCafferty

    What about Goats Milk? I have a Lhasa that has allergies and yeast. I was told Goats milk may help. I found The Honest Kitchen has a product called Pro Bloom that is dehydrated goats milk and probiotics. I got some and she seems to like it. Any one have any pro’s or con’s?

  • Maria Alexandra Ramirez

    Hi Ellen! I just started trying Natural Balance – but I got LI sweet potato and fish. I think it’s the meat protein too, I just haven’t figured out which one…. I know since I switched him to fish, his skin seems to be more irritated and the rash is more systemic (not just 1 patch, but all over) + he got fleas. Fortunately, we’ve eradicated the fleas, but his skin still looks inflamed, so I know it’s something he is ingesting! I’m also staring him on Darwin’s raw, so I’ll see what happens.

  • Maria Alexandra Ramirez

    Thanks Dana! I’m going to try it!

  • lolin

    Maria Alexandra, I have a black lab and a year ago he started with hot spots ( allergic rash ) and ear and eye infections. I found a Derm. vet. and since then we have been trying almost everything. Instinc LID, raw meat, cooked lamb. She told me to wait at least 4 months in order to know if the diet is working. We do not live in the USA and sometimes is very difficult to find the Nature Valley LID. It seems that my dog is very allergic to everything related with chicken/duck and beef. I wash (twice a day)the hot spots ( skin rash) with a special shampoo and use Bactroban in my dog’s skin, and it seems is working to avoid the skin infection. He is eating cooked lamb with pearl barley. His hair is beautiful, but I thinks at the end is not going to be the right food for him.

  • Ellen

    Hypoallergenic food didn’t work for my dog and neither did novel protein/limited ingredient diets. After a year of misery, I finally put my dog on a vegetarian diet (Natural Balance Vegetarian). To my surprise, the weeping ulcers between her toes cleared up within a week. Not putting her back on a meat-based diet again.

  • Dumbass

    Dawn dish soap kills fleas.

  • SandyandMila

    The dreaded fleas!! :( I hope you can find something that works.

  • Dana Roussel Boudreaux

    This stuff works wonders. I use shampoo and ear drops.

  • Dana Roussel Boudreaux
  • Crazy4cats

    Hi-
    In my opinion, this list is a tough one to compile as all dogs are allergic to different things.

  • RRLOVER

    Not so long ago this list was longer. Why were foods removed?

  • sue66b

    Hi Mykella, have you tried the Wellness Simple range, R/C didnt work for my dog 1 year ago, Im trying the Wellness Simple “Duck & Oatmeal” seems to be OK so far http://www.wellnesspetfoods.com/categories.aspx?pet=dog&cat=3

  • Maria Alexandra Ramirez

    Thank you. I have been washing him with a neem soap and another hypoallergenic soap. I saw a slight improvement. But then he got fleas, so it’s been red since then. I am using a natural shampoo and essential oils to get rid of little buggers. It has been a slow process ;/

  • Maria Alexandra Ramirez

    Hi Shawn, I haven’t as of yet. It’s too early to tell. I have switched him to half raw and Natural Balance limited ingredient food (no tomato, peas, or chicken). However, now I’m dealing with fleas. I read that fleas infest a dog because his health is already compromised, and I think this is what happened with Snowy… He’s never had fleas before ;/

  • theBCnut

    Actually, those allergy tests are well known for producing both false negatives and false positives. The way to find out what your dog is allergic to is to do an elimination diet.

  • Maria Alexandra Ramirez

    Thanks Mykella! I know it’s frustrating trying to figure it out….

  • eKBarnes

    The only way to know for sure what your dog is reacting to is to get a blood sample run for allergies. I had that done at vet and it seems he’s allergic to Everything, except fish, pork and rabbit. So I’m on the search for a wet food that doesn’t have grains, or carrots, or greenbeans, etc. it’s a pain.

  • SandyandMila

    I went into a local store recently and they didn’t have it but were ready to order it for me. It’s the sulfur that makes it stink, the antiparasitic shampoo I use has sulfur in it too and smells as well but its helped her skin so much.

  • http://biblefrombeginningtoend.wordpress.com Chris Harrison

    I used NuStock for years. Excellent! It smells really bad and you have to wear gloves to put it on but the smell goes away the next day. Heals over night. You get it at the Feed and Grain Store.

  • Mykella linkogle

    I had the exact situation with my French bulldog. I switched to Royal Canin HP rash improved a little but not completely. After 5,6 months I switched to a royal cainin with salmon PS and he got way worse. I then switched to Royal Cainin PV and he seemed ok for few months did the best on the PV but the rash started up again last month and it’s hard to say if it’s food or seasonal air allergies. . Its been frustrating that’s for ure. I use a shampoo and oatmeal conditioner and a soothing cortisone spray. I give him benadryl every 6,8 hours. Keep a journal pin point the months,time of year it’s better or worse, his flare ups,foods he’s on and no human food or random dog treats. This will help pin point. .

  • Shawn Shannon

    My 1.5 year old Golden has a similar issue. Have you found a food that may have worked to clear it up?

  • Erin Fagan

    nu-stock is the absolute BEST!!!! I use it on my dogs. You can find it in a big looking toothpaste tube. The cream is very strong, I mix it with some baby oil and it goes a long ways. Heals rash, bumps, and even scars. ITS AWESOME!!! I highly recommend it!

  • Maria Alexandra Ramirez

    That’s a great idea! I’ll talk to the pet store and see what they recommend :)

  • Maria Alexandra Ramirez

    Thank you for saying this again! It makes sense. I started doing 1/2 raw food with Snowy too and I’m looking to change his dry food to a more hypoallergenic food…still trying to find one that fits into my budget ;)

  • Maria Alexandra Ramirez

    Thank you for sharing your experiences! As a matter of fact, thank you ALL for sharing ;
    I have actually started washing Snowy’s affected areas with an anti-inflammatory soap made of turmeric & oatmeal…then I follow up with tea tree oil with calendal cream, and it seems to be relieving the redness…. I’ll know more in another week ;)

  • theBCnut

    Anatomy and Physiology was a huge challenge. I’m really good at memorizing, but the sheer amount of memorizing when you have to know the names of every muscle, every bone, and even most bumps on the bones was daunting. I can honestly say I have forgotten most of the names of those bumps, but I still have the little memory songs we made up running through my head. I remember that at the time I struggled to understand how nerve impulses are transmitted, but now I look back and wonder what all the fuss was about. When my kids had that in their biology class, I was surprise by how easily their curriculum got the point across, but then by the time they got it there were animated videos to help. I can’t help but wonder if it would be easier to get through now.

  • SandyandMila

    Sounds pretty cool! I always wanted to work with animals (small animals, livestock, or wildlife) but didn’t do so well in biology and anatomy classes in high school and college due to my learning disabilities. I know I have the passion for it. I think it’s amazing that you do that and can share your knowledge.

  • theBCnut

    No, it’s probably just fine. Like I said, I just haven’t read the ingredients. Not using it in situations where there could be licking is probably due to where I keep my Bag Balm, which is in the barn. I don’t doctor the dogs and cats in the barn, just the horses, steer, and goats.

  • SandyandMila

    It’s ok, no worries. :)

  • LabsRawesome

    Sorry, no I’ve never tried Happy Jack’s. I would contact the manufacturer with any questions you have. Sorry I couldn’t be more help.

  • SandyandMila

    Labs, I’ve been meaning to ask you a question. I know you’re a fan of 4health, have you ever used the Happy Jacks shampoos that are sold at Tractor Supply? I was thinking of getting one but was wondering if you’ve tried them or what your thoughts were. They have a antifungal and another one that seem nice and smell nice too, not the medicated smell you get from some shampoos like that. I asked the cashier if she knew if they washed of flea and tick preventives but she didn’t know and it doesn’t mention anything on the bottle.

  • LabsRawesome

    Sounds like it works really well. :) Here’s a link to Bag Balm, in case anyone is interested. http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=24361

  • SandyandMila

    Oh I’m not worried. The redness is gone in just a few days, I just mainly use it on her paws but even theyre getting better. I’ll only use it if I have to (cuts and abrasions, etc.).

  • LabsRawesome

    I don’t think she can lick it off her armpits.

  • SandyandMila

    Do you feel I shouldn’t use it on the redness, although it’s cleared it up, and stick to coconut oil?

  • Crazy4cats

    I’m glad you clarified that! :-D

  • theBCnut

    I’ve used Bag Balm for hundreds of things, but never where it was likely to get licked off. I use coconut oil or pure lanolin for those places/animals.

  • SandyandMila

    I’ve read a product called Nu-stock works really well too but I haven’t been able to find it locally.

  • SandyandMila

    I don’t have the can in front of me at the moment but I found this on Wikipedia: “The active ingredients of Bag Balm are 8-hydroxyquinoline sulfate 0.3% (antiseptic) in a petroleum jelly USP and lanolin base.[2]

    In the past, Bag Balm has been documented as containing 0.005% mercury “from ethylated sterols”.[3][4] Mercury was once used in many products as an effective antiseptic,[4] although much less commonly today, now that the toxic effects of mercury and its compounds are more widely understood. Mercury is no longer listed as an ingredient in Bag Balm.”

  • theBCnut

    I haven’t read the ingredients on Bag Balm, is there anything in it that they shouldn’t eat? Menthol, camphor?

  • theBCnut

    I don’t want to come across as fixated on tomato just because my dog has a reaction to it, but tomato(as well as processed fish) is known to be a high histamine food, which means when your dog is reacting to other foods tomato can keep the skin and other histamine reactions going, so make sure that you avoid tomato until the reactions are gone, then you can try tomato again and see if your dog reacts to it.

  • SandyandMila

    Well, I just started using the bag balm since this past weekend because I bought it from a local tractor supply and have been using it twice a day on her paw pads and the areas of redness and I’ve noticed go away a lot quicker than when using the coconut oil. The coconut oil smells better though. I still supplement with the coconut oil in her food and also give her a bath once a week or two.

  • Dori

    Which would you say works better on the under arm redness, coconut oil or bag balm?

  • Dori

    It’s not unusual for dogs that have food intolerances to also have food intolerances and allergies. Good Luck and please ask if you need more help. We’re all here on this site to learn and educate each other.

    Also let us know how you and your dog do with any changes you make as we can also learn from your experiences. Thank you.

  • Maria Alexandra Ramirez

    Thank you Dori! I’ll keep track of the ingredients so that I can determine what is Snowy reacting to. I switched him to 1/2 raw for now and I’m trying to find a grain free/ fish free dry food that he can eat safely. My neighbor also told me it might be the grass. So I’ve been washing those areas with a special soap and it seems to be helping. Thanks again :)

  • Maria Alexandra Ramirez

    ;)

  • SandyandMila

    I don’t have a lab also but from my experience with my girl who had similar redness on her belly (where she was spayed) and armpits. Maybe you could try a antifungal/antiseptic shampoo. I’ve also recently started putting either a little coconut oil or bag balm on the redness and it’s looking great. Good luck with finding a food that agrees with your dog!

  • Dori

    When Katie came to me at 9 weeks old she was on a chicken formula which I slowly switched to a higher quality chicken formula. I then slowly transitioned her to a protein that was not chicken. I knew from research that chicken is a very high allergy problem with dogs. She was doing much better but still had issues. Upon reading the ingredients in the food I was feeding was that although it wasn’t chicken as it’s first ingredients it did include chicken fat and turkey meal. Again I switched her food making sure that there were no poultry (fowl) of any sort in her food. She did much much better but still not great. After a lot of research here on DFA and other sites and wonderful help from experienced and knowledgeable posters here I switched her to grain free also. I went with grain, poultry, corn, soy, white potato free foods. I then started finding another food that would fit her needs so that I could begin a rotation diet with her. Essentially the only real way to find out what your dogs issues are is by elimination. It’s a very very slow process but well worth the trouble. She will be 5 years old on 6/24/14 and I still continue to find things that bother her. Latest one was alfalfa. That’s not an easy one because so many foods contain alfalfa in some form. About a year or year and a half ago I switched all my dogs to commercial raw food. Raw has much fewer ingredients than kibble does and they are grain free. Yes, commercial raw is more expensive than kibble but when you take into account the health of your dog (or dogs) and the fewer visits to the vet it is well worth the cost. Of course, my three dogs are all very small so the cost is not over whelming. I have a Maltipoo 6-7 lbs., a Yorkipoo 5 – 6 lbs., and a Maltese 7 – 8 lbs. I adjust the amount I feed sometimes daily (I feed twice a day) depending on how their body looks and feels to me. Their ribs shouldn’t be covered in fat nor should you be able to feel them to easily and their leg muscles should be nice and solid. If I can give you any other info about the experiences I’ve gone through with Katie please let me know. If you’d like to email me I’m at [email protected]

  • theBCnut

    No, allergy tests are extremely undependable. They give both false positives and false negatives. Doing an elimination diet is the best way to figure out what they are reacting to.

    This likely is not a true allergy, no hives, no swelling, no difficulty breathing, etc., but rather a food that he has become hypersensitized to that is creating an immune reaction. It is very much like an allergy, just not so life threatening. You might see staph infections, rashes, ear yeast infections, systemic yeast infections, mucousy stools, etc., things that indicate his system is irritated.

    Take the ingredient list of his current food with you to a pet food boutique and try to find a food that is as different from the one you are using as possible. I eliminated chicken and grains right away and coincidentally eliminated the tomato too. Later when I tried to switch foods, the one I picked just happened to have tomato pomace in it and I found he reacts to it to. I’ve since found he can’t have eggs either, which he used to do fine on.

  • Crazy4cats

    Good luck :)

  • Maria Alexandra Ramirez

    Thanks Betsy! Actually neither formula was grain free, and part of the rash in the armpits had already started before I switched to salmon. So I believe it might be the grains (probably GMOs). So, I’ve decided to try a grain free formula like Great Life, Darwin’s or Brother’s Complete Allergy Care. I’ll see which one I can start with ;)

  • Maria Alexandra Ramirez

    Hi Dori, thank you for your feedback. Grain free seems the way to go. How did you know the dog was allergic to poultry?

  • Maria Alexandra Ramirez

    Hi! His ears are a little reddish. Did you do an allergy test?

  • Maria Alexandra Ramirez

    Thanks! I am trying a different food and washing his skin ;)

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Maria,

    I just compared the ingredients of what I believe are the products you were feeding. Assuming you were using both grain free formulas, the ingredients are nearly identical with the exception of the chicken in the chicken formula. Both contain salmon, peas, and tomato pomace.

    I wonder if fish is one of the culprits since each seemed to worsen with the change to the Seafood Select.

    I’d look for a food with a completely different protein source and starch; ie: red meat and tapioca or potato. I think I’d also look for a food that was fish free to see if that helps.

  • Dori

    I don’t have a lab, but I do have a dog with multiple food intolerances and allergies as well as environmental allergies. As soon as I changed her food to a grain free that contained no poultry in any way, shape or form, also removed corn and soy, alfalfa and white potatoes it all cleared up. Oh, my dog also had gunky ears and eyes. That also went away with the removal of any food that contained any time of yeast in it. Not easy, but it can be done.

    Oh, forgot to mention, Katie was also shedding constantly. She’s a Maltipoo and they don’t shed. I’m allergic to dogs so none of my dogs shed. Once I figured out most of her issues the shedding stopped.

  • theBCnut

    No lab, but I have had the traveling rash on my dog. Once I figured out that he couldn’t have chicken, grains, and tomato, he’s been rash free. How are his ears?

  • Crazy4cats

    Shoot, poor pup. Did you treat for fleas? Did he have any? I don’t have much experience with this. I have mostly dealt with digestive problems. But, I would try a different brand of food with totally different ingredients to see if that helps. Keep track of the ingredients that you try so you can see what works and what doesn’t. Maybe even try a limited ingredient food. Hopefully someone with more experience with hair loss issues can “pop” in and help.

  • RRLOVER

    IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is not the same as IBD (inflammatory bowel disease).

  • Maria Alexandra Ramirez

    He is licking himself a lot, some biting and hardly any scratching….

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Maria-
    Is the dog scratching, biting or licking at himself at all?

  • Maria Alexandra Ramirez

    Hi, I have a yellow lab that’s about 1.5 yrs old. We’ve been dealing with a a reddish rash in different part so f the body for a few months – below the armpits, elbows and lately on his lower belly. At first I thought it was the harness, so we took the harness off. Then we thought he needed more omega oils, so we switched his food to NutraSource salmon. He was getting Nutra source chicken before. Now the rash has popped up in more places. The vet thought it was a food allergy but thought he should be treated for fleas as well. Does anyone have experienced this with yellow labs and can share what has worked for them? Thx you!!

  • theBCnut

    The metal bowl shouldn’t be a problem. Probably the food intolerance issue is getting worse. Unfortunately, that happens if you don’t eliminate whatever ingredient is causing the problem. Keep the ingredient list, but try some new foods, like Victor, NutriSource, or Earthborn. Compare ingredients to see what they have in common for ones that don’t work, and look for what ingredient is missing in any that work for her. Try to find a food that has a different protein source and a different starch source. Good luck.

  • ChristyO

    I’m wondering if anyone knows if Costco Kirkland (healthy weight) dog food brand has changed their recipe recently… I have a 9 y/o black lab mix that has been (what I’ve only recently realized) dealing with an allergy of some kind for years. About a year ago, I switched her and my overweight border collie mix to the kirkland brand and they loved it, and her allergy symptoms greatly decreased— almost disappearing. WIthin the last three months, her symptoms have returned: bad itchy ears, scratching at her jaw, chewing her paws, and occasional vomiting, all things brought up at past vet appointments, but never made into a big concern. At first, I thought it had something to do with her being a little freaked out about our new baby, but she’s since warmed up to her and is getting worse with the food. I’m having a very hard time getting her to eat her food without adding peanut butter or something to it. Her little tummy growls and grumbles all night long and I feel terrible. We are on a very limited budget with a small infant, so I cannot be dishing out $90 on a bag of specialized dog food for the two of them. I was looking into making their food by hand, which I’m willing to do if necessary, but with a baby and a 5 year old keeping me busy, it’s not going to be easy. They do eat and drink out of a metal bowl… should this be the first thing I try changing before diving into homemade dog food or pricey hypoallergenic kibble? Any advice would be appreciated.

  • Betsy Greer

    I agree with Sandy. I’d look for a more limited ingredient food with a single protein source. I’d feed him something he’s never had before, definitely something other than lamb. And, keep in mind that, ingredients other than your primary protein source, could be problematic. I have a pup with food intolerances issues that can’t have fish, in any form. You wouldn’t believe how many dog foods have added fish.

    I’d go grain free and keep carbs as limited as possible. Canned foods, raw, either commercial or homemade or a dehydrated food that you reconstitute with water would all be ideal. Nature’s Variety Instinct makes a nice LID. When you find something that works, stick with it for a few months, before rotating to something else. Keep a list of foods that you feed and your pups reaction to them so you can more easily identify problem ingredients.

    And, I’d consider bathing with a clear shampoo that contains essential oil, like Sandy said, tea tree is perfect. Lavender or eucalyptus are also good. No oatmeal! You can also try rising him with diluted white vinegar and add a tablespoon of diluted apple cider vinegar (ACV) to his food.

    Stick with your filtered water and stainless bowls.

    Hopefully, your pup is sparkly white soon! It takes a while for a reaction to food to be seen on the outside, so stick with it and give it time!

  • SandyandMila

    Has your vet prescribed using a antiseptic/anti fungal shampoo? If not it would really help. You’ll have to give him a few baths a week until you see improvement and then once a week or two thereafter. If there are open wounds you can try a tea tree. Diet wise, those are good foods and he could be allergic to other ingredients like grains, peas or potatoes. Try something with limited ingredients or alternate between different brands. Good luck, I hope he feels better soon.

  • Jared Silverman

    Sometimes he rubs his face on the rug. He has no ear infection or foul odor. I use filter water not bottled. He eats and drinks from a metal bowls.

  • Betsy Greer

    Does he have any other symptoms; ie: digestive (loose stool?); ear infection; scratching or rubbing; or vomiting? How does he smell? Any odor? He’s licking you said, any hair loss? Do you use bottled water? What type of bowls does he eat and drink from?

  • Jared Silverman

    My westie’s fur all of a sudden is turning browinsh red around his face inner legs and butt. He’s always been eating good quality food… his last food was Earthborn Lamb. I took him to the vet and they told me it looks like a food allergy, so I switched him to Acana single protein Lamb & also Duck. I have him on an ecollar when he’s not supervised so he won’t lick. His fur has not improved… Any suggestions?

  • sue66b

    The Eukanuba Intestinal Protein is Chicken & Turkey 23%

  • Linda P.

    My Miniature Pinscher developed Pancreatitis from dog food. You are right….No more than 10% fat should be given. o hard to find a dog food with 10% fat or less. Right now he’s on an RX Diet with rabbit. Helps a lot. I am checking on Natural Balance LID. Want to see their fat content. People don’t seem to realize that a lot of fat in the kibble can cause Pancreatitis. When you “think” you are giving your dog the BEST, you’re actually hurting him, like I did. Now I look at EVERY brand of dog food for their fat content. Even wrote to major companies…All said Gee, sorry…hhhmmmm…

  • Christina Tronnes

    She had a good appt today still gaining weight back- I started adding pure pumpkin to her food – still the RC hydrolyzed. I’m trying to figure out how to get info on the diff in Australia and US ingredients on the Euk and Iams. Plus I have a horrible time navigating this site………

  • Christina Tronnes

    Hi it has to be hydrolyzed not just the hypoallergenic. Did you mean Purina ?

  • LabsRawesome

    Yes. :)

  • Crazy4cats

    Really? Do you mix it in their canned food?

  • LabsRawesome

    Yeah, I think it’s worth it. I’m giving it to my cats too. :)

  • Crazy4cats

    Hey, thanks! I’ve seen that site, but am afraid of getting ripped off. Have you been using it yet. Do you think it was worth it?

  • LabsRawesome

    Hey C4C, I got the 4lb bag for $44.95. (When you get to the page scroll down, it’s the second one) I ordered it here. http://www.healthy-lifestyle-store.com/nutramin-pet-clay-4/?affiliateid=1

  • Crazy4cats

    Hey Labs-
    Have you ever ordered any? I think I’d like to, but not sure of a good site or place to order from. If you or anyone else has any suggestions, please let me know.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Christina, check out Montmorillonite Clay for Izzy. It is highly effective for IBS. http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/Earth/Montmorillonite.aspx

  • Christina Tronnes

    An update on Izzy. I started giving her original Metamucil – started at 1/8 tsp working up to 1/2. Notice subtle changes in her stool firmness. She is still on the royal canin hydrolyzed hypoallergenic kibble. The fiber content is low- I’ve just started adding in 1/4 tsp and now up to 1/2 two times a day of 100% pure pumpkin over the last 5 days or so. This morning she had the best formed firm poop she’s had since this started in feb! Her coat is good/weight has been regained/and she is much peppier. All tests up to a biopsy which I have not done have pointed to inflammatory bowel disease.

  • debbie thrower

    Purine hypoallergenic

  • debbie thrower

    Can some one help? I’m putting my boy on duck and rice but I don’t know how much to give him for each meal can anyone help he is 25kg and I plan to cook the food myself I just don’t know how much to give him

  • sue66b

    The Eukanuba Intestinal that we have here in Australia is made in Europe Neverlands & the ingredients are different to the Iams in America, I dont know why, Iams uses by-products & Eukanuba doesnt the Intestianal is Chicken & turkey protein, I know it has corn but Patch isnt allergic to corn, it is also a limited ingredient kibble the fat is 10% & the fiber is only 1.75% its was the only vet diet kibble that fixed his itchy skin & stopped his diarrhea within 2 days, we can only get the Hills or Royal Canin & Eukanuba at our vets..Patch cant have a high fiber diets, it makes his IBD worst as we found out,when I looked at the Hills & R/C vet diets I liked the ingredients in the Eukanuba better..You knew what the dog was eating, where in the Hills & R/C you have to google the names to see what the foods was & R/C uses posh words for By-products I learnt . I also have Patch on the Holistic Select Senior Chicken Meal & rice..as its 10% fat & the kibble is hydrolised & breaks up easy in his tummy. Patch has to have rice grounded as it irritates his bowel if I just boil the rice but if its in a kibble he’s fine..I dont like vet presciption diets thats why Im so slowly changing Patch to the Holistic select kibble, I just wish he could have a kibble where the fat % is more then 10% as the Holistic Select has a good range of kibbles to do rotations, they have Lamb just lamb & duck just duck as proteins..even thought Patch is only 5yrs old I looked & I saw no real diference between the kibbles the protein is higher in the senior & the Glucosamine is higher, Patch looked real good to when he was on the R/C Hypoallergenic he put on weight but every afternoon his poo was a mud pie sloppy & he was still scratching then he got real ill his breath stunk like something was fermenting in his tummy he’d vomited up the R/C 6-7 hours later all undigested, then vets put him on the Hills z/d ultra this gave him real bad diarrhea worst then the R/C hypoallergenic, then I saw another vet at the surgery & she is into more natural things & less pills she put Patch on the Eukanuba Intestinal & I couldnt believe that within 2 days he did a normal poo as the week went on the poos got better & better…Maybe try the Holistic Select senior chicken meal & rice or the duck they have a few different kibbles, they are hyrdolized proteins, if it doesnt help with the diarrhea then try a steriod but do not leave her on the steroid more then a month you start high then reduce down, I wouldnt put Patch on the steroid also my vet wanted to do a biopsy I said NO, you just have to find that right kibble, alot of the ladys on the other site “forums” use Natures variety LID kibbles, Patch also took Metronidzole after being on the R/C Hypoallergenic this helped too, the vet gave me extra script to get from chemist & said if his diarrhea comes back Im to give the Metronidazole again for 1 week..Touch wood I havent had to use it yet..

  • Christina Tronnes

    Seems it has now gone to Iams formerly eukaneuba and the only one I found had corn as first ingredient and chicken by products?? That can’t be it can it???

  • Christina Tronnes

    Hi sue. The fat content in the rc hydrolyzed hypoallergenic is 17 so yes it high- izzy wasn’t having a pancreatitis issue her test was borderline but her vitb12 was real low. I have always given her pure pumpkin and when this started she got white bread crust (supposed to stick better lol) boiled chicken rice and potato and none helped firm up. Banana she would get at breakfast before all this .
    I’m really stumped as she has put on weight she had lost a lot and she also looks better eyes etc and her coat is much better . She has been on the RC since mar 27. So those things have improved along w weekly vitamin b12 injections. What is the protein source in the eukaneuba ?

  • sue66b

    Stay away from the Carbs, Potatos, sweet potatos find a low carb diet. My boy was licking & licking his paws when I first got him, I bathed them in a detol antiseptic lotion this kills any bacteria, I only bath his paws once a week as antiseptic can dry out the skin as well, but try a kibble that is a low carb kibble & see when theres no potato does the licking stop a bit…I liked the Holistic Select the Anchovy,Sardine & salmon adult meal, It really helped one of my friends Staffy, Holistic Select have just released a new grainfree turkey & lentils..

  • sue66b

    The R/C Hypoallergenic gave my boy Pancreatitis as the fat was 19% then he was put on the Eukanuba Intestinal vet prescription in the end only 10% fat…He was diagnosed with IBD & seasonal allergies, & now has Pancreatitis..but the Eukanuba Intestinal was the only kibble that helped his IBD its a low residue kibble that breaks up more easy & is easy on their tummy & bowel, where the R/C was a very hard kibble & very greasy…Im in Australia so the kibbles are a bit different, but have a look at the fat% also I boil chicken breast + boiled pumkin for breaskfast Pumkin is good for the bowel & tummy this also has helped Patch..also no treats..another thing I give Patch I know dogs arent suppost to have bread but I give him 1slice of toast with the mushed up chicken & pumkin the toast has made his poo even better I dont know why but when Patch was having his very sloppy poos, an old lady from the park told me dry toast with a bit of pumkin spread on the toast, then I cut into little squares & hand feed as Patch loves it so much & gulps it all, it worked it firmed up his poos when he was real bad last year..I also try to stick with the same foods so I dont upset anything also banana seems good only a very very little bit..as a treat

  • Christina Tronnes

    Michelle I’m wondering about if your Gustaf blood work shows a bacterial infection? I looked up the med you mentioned – izzy doesn’t have any infection – just the irritation I guess in the intestine or colon- inflammatory bowel

  • Christina Tronnes

    You might look up the Royal Canin hydrolyzed kibble for Gustaf – it is prescription only- check out the ingredients- the soy is the protein I guess-
    It is pretty bland and may help Gustaf

  • Christina Tronnes

    I’ve not had the issue of blood in the diarrhea with Izzy- and she isn’t a picky eater. Your Gustaf poor guy!! Izzy only vomited one time when this started. We also tried the salmon but now they say a novel protein she has never had- I will ask about the meds you have mentioned as I’ve not heard of them- we did try the metronidazole (spelling?) with no real help

  • Christina Tronnes

    We are still doing the royal canin hydrolyzed and hypoallergenic for Izzy. Have just started adding 1/8th tsp ea meal of Metamucil / it can also firm up as well as it’s intended use. I’m not seeing much improvement- I talked to UC Davis veterinary HOSP today about getting her seen in nutrition and trying to figure it out. There is no vomiting/ I’m just not liking a diagnosis of inflammatory bowel and I’m not sure I like the royal canin. Anyone w suggestions of another ? We did start off w the bland diet back in feb when this starte

  • Michelle Kirkpatrick Conrad

    My dachshund, Gustaf, is 3 and has gotten a bout of vomiting (when it gets bad there is blood in it) and loose stools (sometimes bloody) also. Last year for 2 1/2 months and this year he is having trouble again and it has been about month thus far. This is what I do for him, while he is having his bout I cook hamburger and a baked potato, given in about a 1:1 ratio. Make sure there is no fat in the burger, ours is pasture raised. The vet recommended rice, beef and cottage cheese, but he cannot digest rice and dairy is also a no no for him. What are you feeding yours? Maybe she is ultra sensitive like Gustaf and may need an even more bland diet? He then is on different meds, one being cefalexin-an antibiotic that helps clear up the diarrhea. He is usually on this for about a month..Last year I began feeding him Taste of the Wild Smoked Salmon. He did well on it until this spring, he will stop eating, or eat hours after I feed him and is reluctant. Then the vomiting starts and it spirals downhill to diarrhea, he gets very sick…..So today since his stools are better i am trying a new food, Natural Balance Limit Ing. Diet. Fish and Sweet Potato. Not sure how he will do. I only gave him a small amount with his baked potato and beef. I know it did not receive good ratings, but I am at a loss of what to do for him. It seems like most kibble has either rice or peas or chicken or lamb and all of these are questionable for him….For a year, or around there, I had make food for him, it was canned salmon, potato and think peas or green beans and he did well on it, but it was a hassle and it was not complete and he, again, like he always does , stopped eating it…So I stopped cooking for him. I don’t know if any of this will help your dog since we don’t even know what is wrong with mine. I’d really like to see what others, with similar issues, feed their dogs.

  • Ella

    I’ve also heard that food allergy testing is not at all reliable, my vet has pretty much advised against it in favor of elimination testing. I have a Scottie who will be 2 this summer. I’ve had her on Royal Canin Rabbit or Venison formula for almost a year. It’s limited ingredient with only rabbit and/or venison and potato. Although not 100%, she’s doing significantly better.

  • Christina Tronnes

    I have an 8 yr old daschund who suddenly developed loose stool- in feb. We did the bland diet, a med cw antibiotic and non diarrheal, pro biotics, her vitamin b12 level was very low and she has been getting injections weekly. Then She was put on royal canin prescription hydrolyzed/hypoallergenic kibble only. She has gained back weight and cost looks do much better but still loose stool. We did sonogram w no sign of cancer or tumors – prior to this sudden outbreak she had been eating castor Pollux fish base w addition of steamed veggies , small amt of unrefined coconut oil (per vet ) no doggy treats. Vet is now suggesting biopsy or steroids and I’m hesitant for both. We need something low fat because of the pancreatitis (1st blood test showed some – but it was cleared up at second test) vet is saying some kind of inflammatory bowel disease
    She went literally from nice firm stool to this
    Anyone have any suggestions would sure appreciate thanks

  • disqus_3ihtnbzjk8

    I wanted to add if the ingredients in Angel’s Eyes is a problem, there are some good supplements for overall occular health. One is Ocu-Glo which is expensive but a great product, the other is Nutri-vet Healthy Vision. Ocu-Glo can help with a wide range of eye problems.

  • theBCnut

    I reserve the use of antibiotics to emergency/serious situations and would not use them for cosmetic purposes. And my vet agrees with me. She does not prescribe antibiotics for no reason.

  • disqus_3ihtnbzjk8

    Again, anyone interested should discuss it with their real life, in person veterinarian.

  • USA Dog Treats

    http://www.dogs4dogs.com/tear-stains-and-antibiotics

    “Response from Dr. Marks: The notion of using tylosin to eradicate tear stains is a bizarre and concerning application of this antibiotic. Your concerns regarding the long-term repercussions are spot-on — emerging antibiotic resistance (especially when using suboptimal doses of the drug) and potentially dysbiosis.”

  • disqus_3ihtnbzjk8

    Tylosin is safe. I highly doubt the amount used in this product would cause and problems with dogs or cats. Anyone worried should talk to their vet.

  • USA Dog Treats

    Angel Eyes active ingredient is tylosin as tartrate. Tylosin is an antibiotic and its use could lead to antibiotic resistance in dogs who use it.

    I would not use this product.

  • disqus_3ihtnbzjk8

    for the tear stains there is a supplement called Angel Eyes that will get rid of that problem.

  • theBCnut

    Last I looked Victor had tomato in it. That’s why I can’t use it.

  • theBCnut

    Try Nature’s Variety Instinct Limited Ingredient Diets. One thing you should be aware of, allergy testing is notoriously inaccurate, giving both false negatives and false positives. The only accurate way to know your dogs food allergies is to do an elimination diet.

  • theBCnut

    Try using the NVI rabbit LID kibble and see if that stops the licking. I suspect it is an ingredient in Fromm that is causing the licking if you see it more after that meal. OCD does not turn on and off that easily.

  • Lori Simpson

    Just white potato. Going to try sweet, thanks!

  • Lori Simpson

    Allergy testing. He was getting sores all over his body and then drawing blood from all the scratching. We tried a few smaller scale tests but in the end had to do a full spectrum test.

  • Denise Matise

    HELLO Every1! is any1 on now? I’m curious about what looks like a wonderful food
    that I Came across researching “Quality Grain Free” foods. Its a family owned company but Mike hasnt mentioned it here yet so here goes. Its the NUSENTIA company n food is called FULL LIFE(Nusentia
    makes the SKIN supplement DERMIX). Has anyone here heard of the company n food? I’m just trying to switch to another good top
    quality food due to my 3yr Lab named BEAR who is always licking all over(plus licks objects)n now has been also licking his paws. Vet said
    that he could also be OCD ,that was b4 he started licking his
    paws . i feed n like FROMMS n since i rotated to DUCK/SWEET POTATOE I noticed he now also licks his paws so he could be allergic to Duck So I want to TRY a lamb or salmon kibble,cause i wont do chicken or beef. Both Bear & my senior long hair Doxie have been on Fromms for about 4months,,Muffin my doxie has NOT licking issues. I’ve rotated from Pork/Applesauce to Duck/Sweet Potatoe n i like
    the company n the food but NEED to try to stop BEARS licking.**At
    the evening meal i give them a little of NATURES VARIETY Duck
    medallions on top of the Fromms kibble n this ISNT causing using the
    licking.cause he licks after his Morning meal which is Fromms,so im confused, could be another ingred in the kibble??(btw i LOVE Natures Variety food n company,maybe i should go back to it!)** ANY ADVICE on Any other 5star kibble or even frozen raw foods i would appreciate! (interested in NV,Solid Gold, Orijen, Nutrisca,Simply Nourish to name a few! lol) THANKS Denise

  • Betsy Greer

    How did you find out what his triggers were…, through allergy testing or an elimination diet?

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi-
    Is he allergic to sweet potato or just white? If sweet potato is OK, then Victor grain free kibble is a great food.

  • Lori Simpson

    Hi
    fellow dog owners, I really need your help. After months of tests and
    different medications we have finally discovered the sources of my dogs
    allergies. He is allergic to rice, corn, potato, soy bean, barley,
    tomato, carrot and duck. And that is just his food allergies. I’m
    desperately trying to find a really simple, good quality dog food that I
    can give him. I obviously add chicken, turkey or beef to his food. But I
    could really do with some help regarding the rest of his food. Thanks
    in advance

  • debbie b

    I know a lot of vets recommend Science Diet but it really is not the best food. Switch to a limited ingredient diet with a single protein, single carbohydrate source and absolutely no grains. Do NOT give anything but the food and water. No treats, scraps or anything else. This is key and must be done strictly. Make sure the protein and carb is not what is in your dogs food. So if chicken and rice, Switch to salmon and sweet potato or salmon and chick pea. Be patient, it takes about 8-12 weeks to detox from the allergen. Ideally you need to find at least 2-3 proteins and carbs that he can eat without problems and rotate the food every 2-3 months so as to prevent him from developing another allergy. But, only one food at a time. Coconut oil is wonderful for dogs. Nutrisca salmon and chick pea, Victor salmon and sweet potato, Natural Balance Rabbit and potato are all high quality. If your baby has been on chicken be aware that the protein in chicken closely resembles duck and turkey so 60% of dogs have a cross sensitivity to that too. Beef, venison and buffalo are close too. An allergy and or holistic vet is another good step. I have been there with my bulldog. Good luck.
    Look up Dr. Becker and watch her video on allergies in dogs.

  • Angel

    I have a 9 month almost 10 month old German Shepherd, I slowly switched him over form his crappy old food to a really good high quality brand a month and nearly 30lbs of food later he was getting diarrhea badly, he was also witching more and more and getting hot spots and rashes and was itching and chewing himself a lot more, well i stopped feeding him that and gave him a home cooked meal for at least a week later then i started to feed him another brand that is supposed to be good for dogs with allergies, 1 cup and 24 hours later he was getting diarrhea again but this time it had blood in it, i rite away stopped the food and went back to the home cooked meal, he is returning to normal and feeling much better but my question is after reading the ingredients on the two new food both had 2 things in it that were the same, both foods had, chicory root & canola oil, Could it be ether of those ingredients that were causing his reaction?.

  • theBCnut

    I know what you mean, I’ve got one dog that I no longer even blink when his food costs $90 a bag, but in the long run I’m saving money, because I haven’t spent one extra penny at the vet, and he won’t have the health problems that come from repeat doses of steroids and antibiotic.
    That sounds like a great food to start with. Just keep those ingredient lists. I now have a word document on my computer that I keep all that stuff in for my dog with issues, as well as notes on how he does with any particular food.

  • Kim L.

    Thank you so much! I shopped around and read all of the ingredients at the pet store and we’re going to give the Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Sweet Potato and Salmon a try. I don’t mind spending more on our dog (the Simply Nourish was $16.99/5 lbs. compared to $11.99/4.5 lbs. for Science Diet) but unfortunately, we are a stay at home parent and a public school teacher so when I start hearing about $85 for dog food, I kind of panic!

  • theBCnut

    When you go looking for a new food, take the ingredient list from the old food with you and try to find a food that is as different as possible. Since you don’t want to go to high end foods, look at Natural Balance’s Limited Ingredient formulas. Always save ingredient lists of the foods you try so you can compare what works and what doesn’t to try to figure out what to avoid in the future.

  • dchassett

    Your dog may very well also have environmental allergies but one set of allergies does not preclude him from also having food intolerances and allergies. Mine does. Katie will be fine for most of the year except for Spring and Fall. She has no issues during Summer or Winter. She does have issues with foul in any form, corn, soy, grains (all), white potatoes, rice. All ingredients that are definitely not necessary for a dog to digest. They are not in their ancestral diet and as a matter of fact have difficult digesting these ingredients. These ingredients are also known intolerances and allergies in dogs so it’s the best place to start. Don’t forget that your dog can also have issues with too many peas. I recently figured out that Katie has developed an allergy to alfalfa. It is not surprising for a dog with food intolerances/allergies to develop allergies to other ingredients.

  • Kim L.

    Thank you so much! I have been reading quite a bit about allergens in foods and grains and poultry do seem to be the most common cause of problems. We have weaned our dog off of medications and will begin transitioning him to a poultry and grain-free food this week to see if that helps alleviate some of his itching and intestinal discomfort.
    Our puppy came to us at eight weeks old on Purina Puppy Chow. We transitioned him to Science Diet because that is what our vet recommends. Additionally, we have had other dogs (larger mixed breeds) that did well on it. Our vet does not think the food is the problem. He believes it is an environmental allergy. I am not sure I agree with his diagnosis. I feel like changing the food can’t possibly hurt and it may reveal that our westie does indeed have a food allergy.

  • dchassett

    Sorry to hear about your poor dog. In my opinion it is the food. I have 3 toy dogs one of which was a complete and total mess with food intolerances and allergies as well as environmental allergies. My vet also wanted to put her on prednisone to ease with the itching, etc. Having been on steroids for a long time myself due to an illness that I have I know the damage it has done and continues to do. Steroids and cortisone seems to be every western vets answer to allergies. It makes matters so much worse not to mention the damage it does over the long hall to the organs in the body. Please ween your dog off of cortisone and prednisone if you haven’t done this already. This is all horrible stuff and making matters worse. As far as food is concerned this is what I did…Slowly transition your dog off of Science Diet (horrible food by the way) very very slowly on to a grain, poultry (all forms of poultry in ingredients which means any type of foul at all), corn, soy, white potato, rice FREE food. Do the transition over at least a 10 day transition or longer. If you see that your dog starts to have loose stools or diarrhea slow down on the transition until stools are formed again and then continue on with the transition. Once the transition is complete and your dogs gut and digestive system have had a time to detox and heal you will see an amazing difference and your dog will feel so much better. You should also purchase a complete probiotic and a digestive enzyme. Follow the directions on each of the containers for dosage for your individual dog. This will help with the digestion and transition. So sorry that your dog has been suffering for so long. Please keep in mind that traditional vets are not nutritionists. They will always recommend foods they sell, be it Hills, Science Diet, Royal Canin, etc. None of which contain any ingredients that a dog should be eating. Oh! I feed my dogs a high protein, moderate fat and low carb diet. Also try to stay away from foods that contain too many peas. Some manufacturers will up the protein level in their food by adding lots of peas which contain quite a bit of protein. Good luck with your dog. I hope my experiences with Katie, my Maltipoo, have helped. Please feel free to ask for any more guidance you may want and keep us posted as to how your dog progresses. We’re here to help you and your dog.

    Kim, I forgot to ask…why has your dog been on Science Diet since he was 12 weeks old? This doesn’t make sense to me. What was the vets diagnosis?

  • Kim L.

    I have a two year-old Westie who has been on Science Diet since he was about twelve weeks old. He has always shown some signs of intestinal discomfort after eating (it seems like gas) and in the last six months, he has developed some severe skin issues. Our vet has been unable to pinpoint the allergies but does not think that his food is the issue. After six months of cortisone and prednisone, I’m willing to try anything. I think we’d like to try him on a new food and I’ve also heard that a little coconut oil in his food and rubbed onto his problem areas can help. Anyone have a recommendation on the best readily-available food to try? I do not want to get into special order or high-priced foods if possible. We have Petsmart and Petco locally. Thank you to everyone for their comments and suggestions!

  • aimee

    Unfortunately food allergy testing is not reliable. currently the only way to diagnose food allergy is by a carefully controlled elimination trial.

    Information can be found here:

    http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=2499

  • Debra

    Just ran an allergy panel on my Westie. She is allergic to all meats except fish and lamb, and very allergic to yeast. Has anyone tried the Ultra dog food brands? On reading their ingredient list for gluten free foods, they are one of the few without yeast of any sort.

  • Elie Pallandre

    Thank you for taking the time to respond and suggesting the two books, which I will look up.

  • theBCnut

    Look for Dr Karen Becker’s book “Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats.” There are others too, but that’s a good one to start with. Steve Brown’s “Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet” is an excellent book if you want to know more about why feed what particular things. He goes more into balancing types of fats and such, and really explains things very thoroughly.

  • Elie Pallandre

    I have a dog with food intolerance. We have been feeding him with hypoallergenic food for about two years. Since there does seem to be great variety of this type of food his diet his the same everyday made of processed food. I come from a country where a lot of people prepare the food for the pets (France) as we believe fresh ingredients are good for us and for animals. I am curious to know if there are recipes made with fresh ingredients that would be compatible with hypoallergenic objective. Elie Pallandre

  • Annette Inzinga

    I started my dog on the Nutrisca Salmon & Chickpea a year ago. I also supplement his diet with coconut oil, fish oil, and probiotics. There were many, many foods I had tried over at least a two year period. Dogswell’s Nutrisca has been the best. The past year he has had no flare-ups requiring a vet visit. First time in four years my dog has been so healthy. It isn’t easy to get in my area. One retailer carried it for almost a year and a half than suddenly discontinued it. Fortunately a local small pet biz agreed to ordering it for me every month. Since then she has had more ask for it and now carries it routinely.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Michael-
    Glad to hear your dog is doing better. I hope your post can possibly help someone else dealing with the same type of allergies. Thanks for sharing.

  • Michael Panter

    I never post comments, but because I know what it’s like to be dealing with a dog allergy (in our case, it was a food allergy) I thought I would share our solution. I’ve been working for 4-5 months on trying to alleviate a food allergy in my beagle, who was scratching/biting/licking around the clock unless she was on 5mg of Prednisone daily. Same as others, she was getting hotspots and giving herself ear infections etc. I had even resorted to keeping her in another room so I could sleep at night. I tried several “limited ingredient” unique protein diets (salmon, turkey) and then the vet put her on Science Diet z/D which is hydrolyzed chicken that is supposed to alleviate the allergic reaction by breaking the chicken into smaller, more digestible compounds. NONE of it worked at all and after 6 weeks I gave up on the Science Diet – which also contains soy and other common allergens so I’m skeptical about it. 12 days ago I went to a local pet supply store and the woman told me about a food that she said had gotten rid of all itching for every dog that had tried it, except one. I put my beagle on it and went off Prednisone the same day. She now has ALMOST NO scratching/licking/biting – about a 95% reduction from the very first day on the new food! I know all dogs are different, but given this small miracle, and the person’s statement that nearly every dog has had the same result, I thought I would share this. The food is Nutrisca (dry), and it is Salmon, chickpeas, cranberry, carrot and tomato puree – no other ingredients except for some vitamins. It is grain AND potato/tapioca starch free (the limited ingredient diets I tried had potato in lieu of grain) and it is LOW GLYCEMIC. I didn’t know what this meant until I researched it, but all I can say is that 12 days itch free has been incredible, and I can tell she feels great too. Good Luck.

  • Lipstic

    more $$ doesn’t always mean better food. Sometimes “they” use that thought process to fool you into thinking it’s a better food. Always read the entire package.

  • disqus_wvMLVA1hDr

    I would go with a grain-free, non-poultry food. The Simply Nourish Salmon and Sweet Potato from Petsmart did wonders for our dog, who was clearly allergic to poultry. So much better than he was when we got him. He arrived on kibbles and bits when we got him (worst food ever), but he was also allergic to Pro Plan large breed puppy, which has chicken in it. Now he hardly scratches or flaps at all on the Simply Nourish Salmon and Sweet Potato.

  • Regina Turpen

    Thank you for the input!!

  • theBCnut

    When I got my pup at 8 weeks old he was already showing signs of intolerance to certain ingredients. An unhealthy gut can cause these issues to show up much younger than they should. If I were you, I would try a grain free, chicken free food if this one doesn’t work for your dog.

  • Regina Turpen

    He was on Pro Plan for large breed puppy. My vet just wanted me to check him for mange and said to keep an eye on him. I never thought he would have an allergy at 5 months old. I just wanted to start somewhere.

  • theBCnut

    It took about 3 or 4 days for me to see a drastic difference in my dog when I got him off the things he was reacting to, but it took weeks for all of the symtoms to go away. What was your dog eating before? Chicken is a much more common allergenic food than grains, and Wilderness has chicken in it.

  • Regina Turpen

    My Bernewfie is about bald from the constant licking and scratching he does. I changed him to Blue Wilderness only 4 days ago. How long will it take for me to see a difference if it is grain that he is allergic too.

  • disqus_wvMLVA1hDr

    I’ve had great success with Petsmart’s house brand limited ingredient dry food, Simply Nourish Salmon and Sweet Potato. Cured the dog’s allergic ear flapping, bad smell, and skin problems. I think he was allergic to poultry. It’s not very expensive, got 4 stars on eval on this website.

  • disqus_wvMLVA1hDr

    Replying to my own post. In case anyone is interested, we have had fantastic success with Petsmart’s Simply Nourish Limited Ingredient Salmon and Sweet Potato dry dog food. No more scratching, flapping, no more bad smell, no more rash. Wonderful! We saw a difference within days. And it’s the cheapest limited ingredient dog food we found, but got 4 stars on this website’s eval. We supplement with washed canned peas or washed canned chickpeas on occasion.

  • Tim

    He was on the Science diet HD (because he has a heart murmur). I’m open to any suggestions on another limited ingredient food.

  • Tim

    I haven’t so there’s one option for me, thanks!

  • theBCnut

    What symptoms was he showing before that your vet thought he had a food allergy? Has they disappeared? My dog with food intolerances gets gassy on foods that don’t agree with him. Maybe it’s time to try a different LID food. What was he on before and which NB did you switch him to?

  • Crazy4cats

    Have you tried adding any digestive enzymes to his food? I think they work wonders for gas when feeding kibble.

  • Tim

    HELP! Our Vet switched our Golden to Natural Balance dog food. He has had some seizures prior to this and in addition to putting him on a medication, the vet was concerned he had a food allergy (and wanted him on a limited ingredient diet). He has had the absolute worst gas ever since we switched him over (it’s been a month). He sleeps on the floor in our room and we have had to open the windows completely every night and it still hasn’t gotten rid of the smell. Can someone suggest a different dog food. I’ve read from other owners that their dogs were find with this food, but started having problems when the company was bought out by Del Monte last year.

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  • Julie Hickman-Rincon

    Hi. I have a 1 1/2 year old Boston Terrier and he is a typical pink skinned dog. I use Blue Salmon and Brown Rice and have had no problems with it. It has tremendously cut down on our gaseous production! But is it a good quality band. It does get a 3 1/2 stars is that the range I should look in or should I try for a higher quality food and if I do what brand would be best. Mind you I know the better the quality the more $$$$ it is.

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  • dchassett

    I was having those problems with my dogs and what helped a great deal with my dogs was going to a formula that was free of grain, poultry (All types of Poultry not just chicken), soy, white potato and rice (white and brown) free food. The scratching pretty much disappeared except for Spring and Fall (one of them has seasonal allergies also). Yeasty ears disappeared and tear stains got much much better. What finally got rid of the tear stains completely was when I went to a commercial raw food. I started with Primal Pronto Beef (the Primal Pronto version is kept in the freezer at home and is small little nuggets that you scoop out as if it were kibble which, of course, it’s not put in your dogs bowl and let come to room temperature which doesn’t take long at all. It’s a complete and balanced food. I started with the beef because none of my dogs had ever had beef before so i thought they probably wouldn’t have an intolerance to. There are other proteins but i would stay away from poultry and all the other things I mentioned above. Basically your need to avoid all ingredients are pretty much known triggers for dogs with food intolerances and allergies. Good Luck and let me know if I can be of any more help.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Lucy’s Mom-
    In my opinion, it’s not about finding an organic or hypoallergenic food. It’s about finding a food without ingredients that your dog is reacting to. Have you tried a chicken free food yet? Also, I don’t really have any experience with tear staining, but I believe I’ve read that others say that beet pulp does not cause it. Hopefully, someone will jump in and help with that. My advise is to find a food with different ingredients than the one you are using. Good luck.

  • Lucy’s Mom

    Hello. I have a Bichon with two issues; tear stains and frequent scratching. She currently eats Simply Nourish Grain Free chicken, peas and potatoes recipe. I’m wondering if someone could suggest an organic or hypoallergenic dry food that may help resolve both problems. She does not have fleas or blocked tear ducts. I try to avoid ingredients such as dried beet pulp and tomato pomace since they can contribute to the staining. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated!

  • InkedMarie

    It seems that they’re all mixers which is fine if you feed kibble, raw, etc with it. I have a dog with no teeth, she does best with canned. Too bad this isn’t a balanced diet.

  • Jorge G. Peredo

    Pet Kind dog food offers lots of exotic and delicious proteins to try with allergic, or intolerant dogs: http://www.petkind.com. My dog has done really well with them, plus he absolutely LOVES their taste!

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  • D Stone

    The Beef & Egg currently being sold by Brothers Complete is over 1 year old! It was manufactured on 2/19/2013.

    I emailed Brothers Complete to ask what the date of manufacture and the expiration date are for the Beef and Egg Formula. Pierre Earling the CEO of Brothers Complete wrote that the Beef and Egg formula they are currently selling has an expiration date of 8/19/2014. This batch was delivered to Brothers by the people who make it for them on February 26 2013! Making it over 1 year old. It might seem I am overreacting but one of Brothers Complete marketing angles is how FRESH their foods are!

    This is from the Brothers Complete FAQ’s page.

    WHY IS BROTHERS CONSIDERED THE FRESHEST KIBBLE IN THE WORLD?

    1) “… Within 24 hours of being made, the small batches of Brothers are delivered to it’s warehouse where it is kept cool and fresh for the short period of time we have it before shipping it directly to our customers.”

    If you make a claim like this then how can you sell dog food that is over 1 year old?

    I went to their so called open chat room to ask them why they are selling OLD dog food and they deleted my questions. I also went to The Dog Food Advisor to let people know that Brothers is selling OLD Dog Food and they deleted my comment! Maybe they have an agreement because the Brothers Chat room and The Dog Food Advisor both delete bad reviews for Brothers Complete!

  • D Stone

    Hi Mike

    I just commented that I emailed Brothers Complete and Pierre Earling told me that the Beef and Egg currently being sold was manufactured on 2/19/2013 making it just over 1 year old.

    Why did you delete that comment and then block me from posting under my old account?

  • derrick

    I posted this in the Brothers chat room and they immediately deleted my comment.

  • derrick

    I contacted Brothers by email. I asked when the Beef and Egg that is for sale right now will expire. Pierre Earling responded that it will expire 8/19/2014.

    This Beef and Egg was produced on February 18 of 2013. It is now over 1 year old.

  • Gary Alan

    I don’t really think commercialized dog food would help. In my experience, it would even make things worse for your dog. Consult with a veterinarian to discover what is causing the allergy and hear out what are the possible solutions. After the, you can cook home made dog food with the ingredients that will counteract the allergy and eventually help your dog get well. Commercialized dog foods contain considerable amount of chemicals and preservatives which will shorten the life of your dogs and can even make the allergy worse.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

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    However, if you do continue your provocative behavior, you will forever forfeit your posting privileges on this website.

  • Smitty

    Wow

    You deleted my response to your accusations where I showed they were false.

    You left your false accusations without allowing me to defend myself.

    You banned me from posting.

    Bravo!

  • smitty

    Wow.

    You accused me of being obsessed with Brothers and ceaselessly criticizing your moderation. Then I posted proof that your accusations were false and you deleted my comment and left your unfounded accusations.

    If you won’t let me respond to your accusations then be fair and remove them!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Please consider this discussion now closed.

  • smitty

    Restoring wagsandgiggles post was the right thing to do. Thank you so much for pointing out you didn’t do it for me!

    “Also, your ceaseless criticism regarding the way I moderate this community has become offensive and unacceptable.”

    I have “criticized” your moderating in exactly TWO of my thirty five posts!

    “By the way, your own personal obsession with this brand as evidenced by the many times that you have intentionally provoked these same arguments or piled on after any mention of the company’s name has not gone unnoticed.”

    I have mentioned Brothers in Exactly four of my previous thirty four posts.

    That leaves the remaining twenty eight of my posts about the welfare of ALL animals not just the canine!

    Please don’t try to mis-lead people about why I post here!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Smitty.

    Due to the private appeal I received from its author (and not your remarks), I have restored the comment in question.

    However, the simple fact I interceded in this latest attempt to use this forum as a place to conduct a personal battle that had actually spilled over from another website does not make me “complicit in a cover up”.

    By the way, your own personal obsession with this brand as evidenced by the many times that you have intentionally provoked these same arguments or piled on after any mention of the company’s name has not gone unnoticed.

    Also, your ceaseless criticism regarding the way I moderate this community has become offensive and unacceptable.

    Posting here is a privilege. Please consider yourself duly warned.