Dog Food Allergies


The following items represent some of The Dog Food Advisor’s most frequently asked questions about dog food allergies.

What is a food allergy?

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).

Is it better to feed your dog the same food each meal? Or is it safer to change menus on a regular basis?

For the surprising answer to these and other questions about dog food allergies, be sure to visit this video by Dr. Karen Becker.

What are the signs and symptoms of a food allergy?

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

What is a food intolerance?

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.

What are the signs and symptoms of a food intolerance?

The signs of food intolerance include mostly digestive distress… gas, bloating, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

If my dog is allergic to a specific dog food, does that mean there’s something wrong with the quality of the product?

Allergies are related to your pet’s own immune system and are not due to a problem with the product itself. So, if a dog is allergic to a particular ingredient, he will likely experience the same unfavorable reaction to that ingredient… no matter what brand you find it in.

If my dog shows signs of an allergy, should I immediately suspect it’s caused by the food?

Maybe not. Because food is only the third leading cause of canine allergies, the signs and symptoms you observe may not even be related to your pet’s diet in the first place.

What are the most common causes of dog food allergies?

Dog food ingredients most likely to provoke an allergic reaction1 include…

  • Beef
  • Dairy
  • Chicken
  • Lamb
  • Fish
  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Yeast2

What else could cause my dog to be allergic to his food?

Many times, it’s not even the ingredients themselves that are the problem. In some cases, a dog can also be allergic to contaminants in the food itself.

What should I feed my dog if I suspect his allergy symptoms are caused by his food?

Since certain recipes have been intentionally designed to help you control or isolate these problems, you may wish to read our recently updated article, “Hypoallergenic Dog Foods“.

You may also wish to consider a grain free dog food.

What should I do if I believe my dog might have allergies?

Allergies can have serious consequences for your pet. Remember, much of the advice offered by well-meaning dog owners throughout this site may not be appropriate for your dog. So, be sure to consult a qualified veterinary professional for help.


  1. Drs. Foster and Smith, Food Allergies and Food Intolerance
  2. Yeast added by the Dog Food Advisor
  • Shawna

    They are discovering that sensitivities can affect more than the gastrointestinal system. Border Terriers have a genetic risk factor for a “cramping disease” from a gluten sensitivity as an example.

    “Canine epileptoid cramping syndrome in BTs is a gluten-sensitive movement disorder triggered and perpetuated by gluten and thus responsive to a gluten-free diet.”

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Hope this helps:
    By Klaus Loft, DVM
    Angell Dermatology Service
    Anyone who suffers debilitating environmental allergies tied to changing seasons, pet dander or household dust mites knows first-hand the misery of a scratchy throat, itchy eyes or painful rashes.
    Not everyone knows, however, that our pets can experience similar allergic reactions — and other very bothersome dermatological issues. But our pets need not suffer in silence. Modern veterinary science has evolved such that advanced, comprehensive treatments are now available to treat a range of skin conditions.
    Top pet dermatological issues
    Our four-legged friends suffer from some of the same skin issues as we do — and several that we do not. The most common conditions we see at Angell include:
    •Parasites, such as mites, fleas and mange (scabies)
    •Infectious diseases, such as Staphylococcal pyoderma (“Staph”) skin infections, yeast and fungal infections and skin fold infections
    •Systemic diseases, such as autoimmune diseases
    •Skin cancer, such as Squamous cell carcinoma, cutaneous lymphoma, Mast cell tumors
    •Allergies, such as flea allergy dermatitis, adverse food reactions, environmental allergies, etc.
    All of these conditions can become serious and, if untreated, dramatically reduce quality of life. But the tremendous strides made in veterinary innovation, however, is very good news for our pets. Specifically, the testing and treatments for allergies now rivals human healthcare in its sophistication, quality of care and long-term health outcomes.
    Unlike humans, dogs and cats cannot tell us about their dermatological health issues. So we as pet owners must look for the signs. The most common indicators that a pet is suffering from some kind of allergy involve frequent episodes of ear infections, red raised or open sores on the skin, constant licking or biting of paws or groin — sometimes causing wounds that will not go away.
    Allergies present a particular challenge because there can be hundreds (even thousands) of potential allergens that impact pet health, from foods to pollen from grasses, weeds, trees, dust mites and more. Today’s specialty veterinary hospitals have access to the very latest diagnostic tests to get to the bottom of what’s ailing our pet. Among these tests is the Intra Dermal Test (IDT).
    IDT is generally considered the gold standard of testing for identifying allergens that cause pets to suffer from chronic skin and/or ear diseases. IDT involves injections of a series of concentrated allergens into the skin to determine which of them generate allergic reactions in a given animal. The use of fluorescein — a chemical that illuminates the inflammation caused by the injected allergens in order to visualize the strength of individual reactions — is key to accurately diagnosing pet allergies, and is just one of the many ways veterinarians use new technologies to improve care and diagnostics.
    The results of IDT (as well as a review of the pet’s medical history) can then inform comprehensive immunotherapy treatments to relieve suffering. Veterinary dermatologists rely on IDT to build customized treatment plans for patients called Allergen Specific Immuno Therapy or “ASIT” for short.
    ASIT involves a series of injections specifically created for the allergic animal’s skin. These injections, of diluted allergens, are designed to make a pet less sensitive to their allergens over time. In most cases these injections must be continued for life to reduce symptoms, but they are highly effective. Seventy to 90 percent of pets experience a reduction in symptoms as a result of ASIT treatment. These treatments can be delivered even more easily via droplets under the tongue, perfect for pet owners who are squeamish about giving injections to their pet.
    This treatment is very new to the North American field of medicine (both human and veterinary) and underscores just how far innovation in veterinary medicine has come.
    When it’s time to see the vet
    Many pet owners are understandably concerned about taking their animals to the veterinarian because the cost (to say nothing of the fear some animals experience when going do the doctor) may outweigh any perceived reduction in suffering. To help pet owners know when it’s time to bring Fido to the doctor I’ve compiled my “Top Ten” list of dermatological symptoms that should never be ignored:
    •Intense itching of the skin (head shaking, running the face into the carpet, furniture, etc.)
    •Biting at the skin that creates red, raw crusting areas of the skin
    •Multiple ear infections (head shaking, odor from ears, scratching at the ears with hind legs)
    •Paw licking or chewing and frequent infections of the skin in the webbed skin of the paws
    •Staining of the fur of the paws and nails on multiple feet
    •Reoccurring skin infections in the groin, under the shoulders, perianal areas (on or under the tail)
    •Greasy scaling skin and/or fur with odorous skin
    •Hair loss, or thinning of the fur
    •Dark pigmentation of the skin that is chronically infected
    •Sudden depigmentation of skin
    Allergies and other dermatological issues can be as frustrating for pet owners and their veterinarians as they can be for pets. I encourage any pet owner whose animal is experiencing any of these symptoms to consult with their veterinarian.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Take her to the vet, her symptoms may not have anything to do with the food. Food allergies are rare. Food sensitivities usually result in gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting and diarrhea, environmental allergies show up as pruritus (itching) ear infections and such.

    My dog has environmental allergies, she is doing well but sees a veterinary dermatologist once a year and receives allergen specific immunotherapy. She also has a sensitive stomach and does well on Nutrisca Salmon and Chickpea kibble from Chewy dot com.

    Unfortunately, a lot of dogs are given up due to medical issues, often undiagnosed.
    PS: I would not bother with mail-in hair and saliva tests, they are not diagnostic tools.

  • stephan

    Hi, I just adopted a dog from a Georgia shelter. Nothing about food allergies was noted in her medical records. The last thing she was fed and came with was Purina One Chicken & Rice. She was also just spayed 2 weeks before we got her. She had a discharge coming from her vagina and had to be put on antibiotics so in order for her to eat I added chicken to her dry food. A few weeks later the discharge started up again and she was put on another antibiotic which she is still taking. Also a few weeks into adding the chicken to her dry food we noticed her starting to scratch and bite. Initially it was her vaginal area so we thought it had something to do with the spay surgery. But then it went to her anus and inner thighs. I know the Purina probably doesn’t have any actual chicken in it but didn’t want to change her food until after the antibiotics were done since they were already causing havoc on her system. How long does a dog have to be on a food before she shows symptoms of being allergic? Instead of the vet diets, should I try something a limited ingredient dry food with a protein she has never had? How long until I should notice a difference if it helps? Thank you. I really need some help here!

  • Angela Hirt
  • Sarah Jones

    Avoid all grains including rice,wheat corn,maize,gluten ect also artificial colours flavours and preservatives. White staffies areally prone to being sensitive too.I have a Staffie that use to paw bite and bite all her fur off which left bald patches.the best food I’ve found is eden.aatu.Akela wet or dry ect. Wen searching for a good dog food look for an 80 20 version as it’s 80% meat 20% fruit and veg and 0% missie is a lot better now.I noticed a difference in 4 days as her scratching and paw biting pleased with the new food and coz it’s high meat it lasts ages.a 15kg sack lasts 6 months for a 2 year old staffie. Xxx.

  • Yasmin

    No we havent tried bathing him ill have to buy some. Thanks very much for your advice I think ill be going down the route of seeing a dermatologist as I think your spot on about the vets, 3 different visits with 3 lots of different information is hard to figure out! I will definitely try bathing and anti histamines as it is only ever his ears that flare up and itchy skin under arms and on the chin ect. its fine to change the food but we never had anything to soothe his skin in the meantime

  • Susan

    Hi Yasmin, normally a dog who has food sensitivities has environment allergies as well they come together are you bathing twice a week in a medicated shampoo? I use Malaseb medicated shampoo, when ever he’s real bad baths relieve the itch & wash off any pollens & allergens also Raw Diet can you try a pre-made raw diet in Australia we have a Sensitive Skin raw fish diet for dogs with this problem, I have found kibbles with fish as the only protein with limited ingredients are the best have a look at “Canidae” Pure Sea its money back guaranteed to help skin problems, even if you feed 1 meal raw & the other meal a Limited ingredient kibble, also see a Dermatologist they know more about skin/ear problems then vets do & in the end you will save money…. The only time they get yeasty itchy skin & ears from grains & potatoes is when they’re sensitive to that ingredient, that’s a myth potatoes rice cause yeasty skin/ears, its when the dog is sensitive to that carb they react… also have you tried “California Natural” Lamb & Rice it has just 3 ingredients, the vet saying get a Hydrolysed protein is normally for dogs that suffer from IBD, its very rare a dog is allergic to a protein they can be sensitive but when allergic they will suffer with stomach/bowel problems….
    join this group on F/B called “Dog issues, allergies and other information support group” there’s heaps of people with dogs with skin/ear problems also Anti-Histamines have you tried any?? I have a list from vet that can be used, I always post on the Dog issues, allergies support you feed any Tin Sardines in spring water or olive oil? Sardines are excellent, high in omega 3 fatty acid add about 3 sardines a day as treats or to the kibble.
    I’d say ur dog has both Environment allergies & food sensitives..

  • Yasmin

    Hi we have a white staffy whos ears always flare up and become infected, he itches his face and bites and licks his paws until theyre red raw. We were told to change his food and not give any food hes had before.. which is hard in itself as most hypoallergenic foods contain rice and potatoes which he used to have. We went for a grain free diet and hes continuted to have his flare ups. Now the vets have told me grain free still isnt hypoallergenic so to put him on it anyway. I dont really see the point as the food shes telling me to change to could of been causing his problems to begin with. Any suggestions? Much appreicated

  • Susan

    Hi Yasmin, feed Sweet Potatoes instead of potatoes also can you get Canidae Pure Sea in the UK??try a grain free kibble that’s fish as the protein & a few different ingredients to the Wainwright G/F kibble he’s eating… the only true way to know what ingredients are causing the ear problems is to do an elimination diet…Elimination Diets can take a while cause food sensitivities can take from 1 day to 6 weeks to show any symptoms, so you need to just fed 1 protein & 1 carb for 6 weeks then if everything is OK you add 1 new ingredient…..your better of feeding a kibble with limited ingredients like the Canidea Pure range..

  • Yasmin

    We have a white staffie who suffers with ear infections and itching. We changed his food to wainwrights grain free, the first month he was fine, the 2nd we picked up the wrong batch it was wainwright’s hypoallergenic food but contained rice and his ears flared up again so we presumed it was the rice. The 3rd month he was fine as we picked up correct batch. This month however his ears have flared up again. The only thing outside his food hes had was a few potatoes and salmon about 5 days before his ears started. Does anyone have any suggestions as to whether they think its just coincidence and its not a food allergy at all or could it just be the potatoes and salmon? And does anyone know how quick after eating a flare up of the ears would occur?

  • Julie Burgess

    My dog is allergic to potatoes and peas. Is potato and pea protien related? Also potato and pea fiber?

  • Gil Z

    We had a very similar problem, so we took our dog to a holistic vet. Our dog’s system was stripped because we fed her the same food every day. She wasn’t getting enough nutrients. We started giving her a variety of cooked meat and vegetables. We added a vitamin powder for dogs. She got better within a month. The licking stopped. No more red spots. And no more bald spots. The vet told us to try raw food, but she wouldn’t eat raw meat. So we feed her cooked food with her grain free dog food now.

  • disqus_KcQ8ov

    Sounds like environmental allergies, they usually show up around your dog’s age. His symptoms may have nothing to do with the food. Go to the forums section at this site and search “allergies”.
    Consider seeing a dermatologist

  • Amateria

    Maybe he got a rice allergy as its generally very common for dogs to get allergic to foods they’ve been fed for a long time, fish long term supposedly isn’t good either, it’s better to rotate foods every month or so rather than feed the same forever, unless your dog is severely allergic or something and needs to stay on the food their on.

    If he’s not allergic to any other meats or grains I’d give that a go, it can take around a month for results to show up though, sometimes longer.

    It could also be an environmental allergy from new household items or something added to the grass recently.

    If he is been given treats what kind? Maybe those are suddenly no longer good for him, maybe they finally triggered a reaction as sometimes it can take years for a reaction to appear.

  • Pallab Das

    I am daily feeding my 3year old lab boiled fish and white rice , suddenly I have noticed he got red bumps all over his body and 2-3 bald spots those red bumps are hot when touched, along with hair fall, he was eating that for almost 3 years never had any problem, what is the problem. Also his tummy has become reddish. And he licks his anal portion very often. Plz help …

  • Carly Wood

    my pittie does really well on acana duck and Bartlet pear. Keep an eye on treats too, anything with barley in it gives her severe dandruff and major itchiness. Aloe Vera jel, I used an actual plant, really helped! My neice’s pittie had to be on a low dose steroid, only thing that worked. Good luck!

  • JudyandSam Simpson Norris

    Add “Potatoes”

  • Babslynne

    it could be that the kibble is too high in carbs and starch, which feeds the yeast growth. I suggest you try canned food such as Pure Balance (@Walmart) or 4Health (@Tractor Supply) or Natures Domain (@Costco) all around $1 a can. Or a home made diet such as boiled chicken or hamburger, mixed with green beans and Carrots. I use a mix of dehydrated veggies that I mix with whatever meat I want, its called Happy Dog Food, I order it on line. I also add a Tsp of coconut oil in each meal.

  • danielle

    I have a 1 year old pit bull who has developed allergies. the vet put her on allergy meds and antibiotics and they did not help so I took her off. I switched her to grain free food either salmon and pea or bison and pea. that is not helping either. she does not throw up or have loose stools but she scratches her skin to the point that she bleeds and she smells. I give her a bath with the special shampoo the vet gave me and that does not help either. any suggestions?

  • Bruce Kirklander

    Added another rescue to our pack a few weeks ago and was reminded what a blessing the right dog food and probiotic supplement is to the sanity of both me and my cattle mutts. I feel for dog owners searching for a remedy for their dog’s allergies and I was reminded what the right probiotic did for our dogs. My wife is drawn to the dogs requiring the most help and our new rescue,a 4 to 6 year old Australian Cattle had really bad skin. Long story short I added the VitaHound supplement I discovered a year ago to his diet and within a couple weeks his skin upgraded dramatically and I suspect will be as healthy as our other dogs. Over year ago I was in the same boat as many of you are, spent tons of hours, days, money seeking a course of action. I finally figured out how to select a healthy dog food thanks to this site. The right dog food formulation put our dogs on the path to healing, however it wasn’t until I added the probiotic that our dog’s allergies stopped.

  • Jacqueline

    That will really be helpful! Because they are expensive. If you know more about the application please let me know. Thanks!

  • Julie

    There are several companies that make feeding chairs and one that does them at discounted rates for those that can’t afford them-i don’t know how that works as I am sure there is some sort of application for this. But all is not lost, half the battle is in the diagnosis!

  • Shawna

    Although there are other reasons for megaesophaugus, a food allergy can cause or aggravate it.

    Here’s some info
    “Myasthenia gravis is a neuromuscular disease and the most common cause of secondary megaesophagus in dogs; it interrupts communication between the nervous system and esophageal muscle so the esophageal muscle does not receive signals that tell it to contract.”

    Allergies can be a cause of myasthenia gravis.
    “An allergy is a harmful immune response elicited by an antigen that is not itself intrinsically harmful.

    Cell damage caused by antibodies directed against cell surface antigens. Hence a form of autoimmunity.


    Hemolytic disease of the newborn (Rh disease).
    Myasthenia gravis (MG)”

    It may not be a cause or contributing factor but could be worth ruling out. Have you tried an elimination diet?

  • will

    Like I did suggest before not everything I said applies to all dogs. Only a good majority of them. I actually have one that can tolerate the grass but it prompts the others to start grazing so I don’t let her. Hers desire is definitely an issue from having too much energy. She’s the brat. Sometimes she manages to get enough grass that it ocasionally causes a very crazy, run around in circles bathroom break.

  • Susan

    Patch does eat as soon as he gets up of a morning within 15mins, I make a cuppa & Patch has his Breakfast then we go for his walk to go toilet Patch had Endoscope & Biopsies they found Helicobacter Pylori & IBD with the Helicobacter you get real bad acid reflux from the Helicobacter, Helicobacter lives in the stomach wall even stomach acid does not kill the Helicobacter…. Patch wakes up sometimes & has acid reflux & he hasn’t even eaten any grass I like him eating the grass when he has his bad acid reflux, he brings it all up & vomits up the acid after eating the grass, then feels better..better out then in..

  • lucille heagy

    They did a xray of her esophagus last year and didn’t think she had that.

  • Jacqueline

    Someone in the bootom below suggested me this. Im thinking this could be the problem to our dogs.

    Please discuss megaesophagus with your vet immediately…your posts sound as though they are suggestive of this and will only improve with a feeding chair…you can make it work!

  • lucille heagy

    Sorry to hear about your pup too. I’ve taken my dog to the vet about 5 or 6 times regarding vomiting they do the same thing give her famotodine and cerenia. Tired of spending all this money and they don’t know what’s causing her to vomit. Snowball did the same with all the foods I’ve tried she would be good for a week or two then she’d throw up the food. But she is doing better on cooked food I make and the Z/D food through the vet. I guess eventually I might have to get a scope done or ultrasound they don’t think right now I’ll have too she’s only 2 1/2 years old.

  • Jacqueline

    I mean fish and lamg limited ingredient*

  • Jacqueline

    Sorry for the late reply ! But i definitely bring this up to my vet . Thanksss

  • Jacqueline

    Im sorry to hear that. I had bought her the natures instinct limited ingredient turkey formula not too long ago and she didnt vomit for 3 days but then again she started vomitting again. So yea me and my pup are desperate now for some help!

  • lucille heagy

    Same thing with my dog tried BB wilderness, Wellness salmon limited ingredient, Authority all grain free still vomits. Vet tolD me same thing she gulps her food and bought thst special dish she still throws up. They did xray of her esophagus and blood work all ok. So now I give her boiled chicken, carrots, sweet potatoe and pasta along with Hills prescription diet Z/D thru Vet and she still throws up once in awhile.

  • will

    Yeah thats right, most of the time the vets don’t have any reason that a dog is vomiting or having diarrhea. Its the number one reason people bring dogs in. You may want to look over all these posts cuz there is some good ideas here. I knew a police dog trainer that had a number of dogs that threw up and he mixed the grindings which he picked up from the local grocery butcher for free. Its the mix of meat, fat and bone. Like saw dust from the cutting blades. This did it for his dogs. It worked for me for a while but it became difficult to keep up with lots of dogs. Thats when I tried adding water to their food at feedings. Took care of the vomiting that seemed to happen somewhat regular after finishing. Some guidelines are wrong on dog foods. Often tell you to feed way too much. I have it to an exact balance for mine. Same amount twice a day. A little bit one way or the other for a week and its fatty mick fatty or the start of weight loss.

  • will

    Like I said my multiple dogs are healthy eat a good blend of food and thats all they need. They all use to eat grass and lick excessively and that is what caused the acid. I stopped all the grass eating and keep the nervous licking to a minimum. What once was an out of control vomiting issue is no more. All due to me preventing the grass eating. There is no research that proves dogs need to eat grass. It may be that at one time dogs did eat grass as part of their diet. They eat it because they want to or see others doing it. Not because they have to. Eating grass creates a situation where they eat other garbage or take in chemically treated grass. Excessive acid is from the ingestion of grass. Try feeding very first thing in morning. Your dog may be getting nervous with the expectations of the day, seeing you leave, and/or the expectation of being fed. I personally jump out of bed and head right outside with them for a quick washroom break and then back inside for a treat until first meal.

  • Susan

    Grass has Chlorophyll, the Chlorophyll settles their stomach, but dogs cant chew their food like we do & don’t have salivary amylase (digestive enzymes in their salvia) so they are un able to break down the cellulose walls of the grass to access the Chlorophyll that’s why the grass comes back out undigested in whole form….
    Patches first vet said don’t let Patch eat TOO much grass cause the grass will go thru him, what it was doing but he was pooing out what he didn’t need in his body…..Vet said only let him eat some grass for about 1 min then stop him, when Patch ate heaps of grass 6am he’d poo out that grass 4pm that afternoon, he doesn’t do that anymore cause I limited his grass eating & only let him eat a few blades of grass, I have found when Patch has his acid reflux bad of a morning when he eats about 4-6 blades of grass he seems a lot better then when I give him his ant acid medication also when he feels real sick, I let him outside & he starts chewing on the grass, I have his lead so I can bring him back inside cause he just keeps eating & eating the grass, so after he eats about 6 pieces of grass, I bring him inside & he has eaten enough grass to bring up his acid in his stomach & get it out & the grass doesn’t go thru him later…..
    I’d rather he bring up the acid instead of it sitting in his stomach & feeling real sick all day & mouth licking.. I grow small batches of the grass he likes I even bring in a few blades of grass & put in water just incase he gets up thru the night feeling sick, the grass seems to help settle his stomach the best instead of medications…

  • will

    May be a little late on this discussion but I have had these experiences with vomitting to a huge extent. Vomitting number one reason people bring dogs in to the vet office, so solving this issue would be bad for vets. Sounds like many of the suggestions so far here are good practices. Here are some things to definitely consider. (1) I learned that casual eaters that have food at all times usually don’t have this problem. Its tough to get dogs to this point if its not in their nature or they were initially raised in an environment that prompted them to dive in or else loose out. (2) Wetting the dog food just prior to feeding prevented the vomitting for mine after eating. This only works if dog is eating it immediately. It shouldn’t sit and get mushy. It doesn’t have to soak in. Although my brother does lightly micro and stir his dogs food prior to feed. The water is consumed at the same time as the the food instead of expanding unexpectedly in the gut when the dog drinks water after eating. (3) Don’t let them eat grass or lick their hair excessively. Its a belief that dogs eat grass because of having sour stomach. Nonsense, the grass and hair can’t be digested and causes the stomach to secrete excessive digestive juices which causes them to vomit. Very few dogs can tolerate grass. Trust me the need to eat grass for “sour stomach” is a crock. Giving your dog attention, walks and something good and safe to chew on will help with keeping them from grass and excessive licking. Try antlers for chewing. Soup bones from the butcher work well too. Rawhide is not a good or safe choice for most dogs. They are not but I won’t get into great detail on that. Starting with country of origin and how its prepared. Look it up. Engulfing big pieces of hide can cause blockages. After I implemented these practices I suggested, my 5 dogs of different breeds never throw up. It takes a lot of work to train them to know you don’t approve of grass eating. There are going to be vets and people that will not accept my facts on grass but keep these suggestions in mind and you will see that vomitting will not be a part of your dogs life. I’m not saying it will be the answer for all but it is for the majority.

  • LabsRawesome

    That’s great! I hope she continues to do well. 🙂

  • Jacqueline

    When i gave her the food for the first time she ended up throwing it up but just a little bit than she usually does. However, yesterday which was the second day she hasn’t vomit.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Jacqueline, how is your dog doing?
    I was just wondering if she’s keeping
    her food down.

  • Julie

    Please discuss megaesophagus with your vet immediately…your posts sound as though they are suggestive of this and will only improve with a feeding chair…you can make it work!

  • aimee

    Hi Jacqueline,

    Your vet is the one to advise you on which tests to do. Blood work and radiographs sound reasonable to me.

  • Jacqueline

    No they just have done the Parvo test twice on her. I’ve been thinking of asking them if they could run some blood tests on her and x-rays …. should i?

  • Jacqueline

    I ended up buying the limited ingredients lamb formula small bag. The pets smart workers told me if she still vomits to take back the bag and they will help find another one.

  • LabsRawesome

    You could try the turkey. But you might want to start with
    a different protein. Is there a fish, beef, or lamb formula?
    I would get the smallest bag in case it doesn’t work out.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Well, you’re doing the feeding right. NV Instinct could work, but it might be too close to chicken, it’s hard to say. You might try fish or lamb if the turkey doesn’t help. Good luck! 🙂

  • aimee

    Hi Jacqueline,

    So sorry you and your pup are going through this. Were there any tests that your vet has wanted to do?

  • Jacqueline

    Will the natures variety instinct turkey formula will be fine?

  • Jacqueline

    Ive been doing that. The vet recommended me to feed her small portions but she still vomits. That is why i believe thats not the reason. I feed her 6 times a day, small portions. Im actually thinking about buying her the natures variety instict turkey formula today.

  • Crazy4dogs

    It might be the chicken. You could try switching to fish or another protein as Labs suggested. She might be regurgitating because she’s eating too much and too fast. How many times a day are you feeding her?

    I had a foster that did this. When I decreased the portion but fed several times a day, the problem was solved.

  • Amateria

    I checked out the sports mix via this website their darn website wouldn’t open… She keeps feeding low star rated foods with grains, could be a grain reaction, maybe even a soy reaction.
    Hopefully this gets sorted out, I used to have really bad insulin resistance to anything high carb I puked at least once a day it was awful, I could imagine the dogs just about had enough of it as well.

  • LabsRawesome

    Try a limited ingredient dog food. You can find a list of them on this site by typing it into the search engine. Try a food with no chicken or chicken fat.
    Maybe a fish based food would do the trick.

  • Amateria

    You keep feeding her chicken I see, I’m not sure what flavour the sports mix was but maybe she’s allergic to chicken, there’s also a small chance that when their allergic to chicken that chicken fat can cause issues.

    Not saying that that’s the reason but it’s well worth checking out.
    I’m sure some better informed people here with real life experiences will find this post and help you out further.

  • Jacqueline

    I have a 6 month old pitbull puppy. Ever since I got her she vomits after she eats. I used to give her puppy pedigree chicken flavor but I stopped because I thought probably it might be that food. So I switched to sports mix but same thing happens she couldn’t hold it in. So now I give her pro plan savor chicken with rice but she still vomiting. I’ve taken her to the vet and they just keep on telling me the same thing it’s because she eats fast. I’ve even bought her a specific bowl that they recommended me to buy so she wouldn’t eat that fast. However she still vomiting. The vet told me she’s on risk of being anorexic because she’s too skinny. I hate seeing her like this. How do I know if she’s actually allergic to her food? I’m tired of the vet telling me the same thing.

  • Susan

    Hi, my boy has food sensitivities/intolerances…it’s best to feed raw or cooked diet, you can eliminate certain ingredients…. with a kibble you are limited & kibbles are high in carbs, starchy carbs that turn to sugar & cause yeasty smelly ears skin etc with grain free kibbles some are higher in starchy carbs, stick with limited ingredient kibbles if you cant cook or feed raw diet…I have found kibbles that are fish/salmon & rice or fish/salmon & Sweet potatoes to the best… I try & stay away from peas, lentils, garbanzo beans, tapioca, beet pulp, pea fiber, pea protein potato fiber etc…. I feed kibble for breakfast & cooked for dinner, this way I’ve reduced the kibble intake so Patch is getting less carbs… I cook boil diced chicken breast only takes about mins & boil sweet potatoes & freeze 1 cup sections of meat & freeze the sweet potatoes in section & take out the night before & put in fridge for next day, I add cooked broccoli, zucchini whatever veggies I’m eating, I make extra to add to Patches meal that’s when I cook.. also green lipped mussel, tin sardines are excellent to give as a treats.. foods high in omega 3 are good for the skin, brain heart…… Bath when the itching starts.. I use Malaseb medicated shampoo.. Patch gets yeasty smelly skin & hive like lumps all over his white fur probably from environment allergies… I bath & the bath relieves his itch & washes off any pollens etc & if he starts to get red paws & red around bottom of mouth or has itchy ears I use Hydrocortisone 1% cream I apply at night before bed I get a cotton tip & put some hydrocortisone cream on cotton tip & clean around Patches ears normally the cotton tip isn’t dirty so that’s good,then next morning the redness is all gone…When Patch starts shaking his head/ears I know he is eating something he’s sensitive tooo & change his kibble straight away we haven’t had any ear problems since feeding kibbles with Salmon fish sweet potatoes & lamb & Rice.. I’ve started feeding “Taste Of The Wild” Pacific Stream Smoked Salmon & I rotate the Taste of The Wild Sierra Mountain Roasted lamb but I first wait & see he doesn’t start any itching, scratching etc before I try another kibble, then I rotate them around every 2 months, Patch was eating Wellness Simple & Wellness Complete but as soon as we got to 2 months he’d be doing sloppy yellow poos, bad farts & start to smell yeasty & shake his head (ears) so I emailed Wellness they told me food sensitivities/intolerances can take 1 day to 6 weeks to start showing signs, so I started feeding Taste of The Wild Pacific Stream cause he also has IBD due to food sensitivities & a lot of dogs do really well on the TOTW kibbles that have EPI & IBD & skin allergies…if you do not see any improvement after 1 month on a kibble change to another kibble with different ingredients & protein… also California Natural Lamb Meal & Rice has just 4 ingredients & is a Hypoallergenic kibble suppose to be good for food sensitivities & a starting point when doing elimination diets then when ur dog is doing really well introduce a new food for 1 month & see if there’s any reaction if not then introduce another ingredient, ingredients that kibbles have

  • Morganna Kennsington

    I gotta know if I’m the only one whose experienced this or not.
    I’ve got a black lab/rotty/chow mutt, 120 lbs, roughly 9-10 years old.
    But he’s lived off cheap kibble his whole life, typically varieties of Ol’ Roy (mostly Kibbles, Chunks, and Chews) and for a bit of time Sam’s Club brand Simply Right. And one day my brother bought him the wrong food. It was Simply Right small dog kibble. No big deal. It was smaller than usual and I was afraid he would choke on it but he seemed okay with it. About half the way through the 40 lb bag he started to get sick. He had bloody diarrhea constantly and was kinda listless. He was visibly uncomfortable and miserable and had gas so bad it was near constant and sometimes hurt him.
    At the time we had no idea what it was and figured it was some sort of doggy stomach bug. We gave him chicken broth cooked rice and yarrow with the oddball can of dogfood we have set aside for emergencies mixed in. His issues lessened but didn’t stop altogether. We kept feeding him the rice mixture and he’d get better for a day or two and then get sick all over again. We moved him from the small dogfood over to his favorite Ol’ Roy flavor thinking the small dogfood was bad. Didn’t help but he was happier with the old food back.
    I enlisted the help of the internet and asked a vet tech friend for help. She suggested things for me to try. We did and it was all temporary results.
    Well one night after having several weeks of issues off and on it hit me. I get the same way with milk products. It’s possible he had somehow developed an allergy to the foods main ingredient, wheat. I suggested it to mum and she was skeptical. Gluten allergies didn’t exist when she was growing up and was fairly sure it was a bullshit diet fad. A few days of pushing her to try a gluten free kibble on him to see if it made a difference she finally resigned and agreed.
    We looked around. The only options we had were $40 for 20 lbs of some yuppie brand or $35 for 40 lbs of Simply Right. Cost won out and we bought the Simply Right Exceed grain free food. It was bland and he wasn’t too keen on it. It reeked really strongly of the salmon it was made from. Very gag-worthy. Three days later he dried up and was considerably perkier.
    It’s been a year on consistent Simply Right grain free food and he’s so much like he was as a puppy! He’s excitable and jumpy and perky as all can be! He’s not had diarrhea since that stint and we’ve managed to find 2 brands of treats that don’t have grains! One’s Doggy Delirious which I HIGHLY recommend! They’re limited ingredient treats that even people can eat. The ones Sam’s Club typically carries are peanut butter and pea(And really don’t taste too bad. Don’t ask) but they have several flavor’s available! And the other is Exceed grain free moist treats. The DD are bones and the Exceed are like moist jerky strips, like Beggin Strips. He absolutely adores the Exceed treats and will even ask for them(he’ll run to the box, nudge it and stare at us wiggling, does the same with normal biscuits and for his peanut butter he’ll run to the silverware drawer and prance around). The moist treats are for special occasions, like if he alerts us or we have to put medication on him.

    But my entire story’s point; Has anyone else ever heard of an instance where small dogfood fed to a large dog caused some sort of intolerance or serious reaction? I’ve found no cases of it ever happening and I have no idea how it happened. He was far from a puppy when it developed and the only difference in anything that pertained to him was that small dogfood. It didn’t have a recall or any complaints towards it either. It was weird and scary. I was so sure he was going to die and what scared me most was that we had a bug near us that was killing dogs. Some strange new disease that had no treatments that had killed off several local dogs. Winny doesn’t go into public and we keep him pretty much inside all he time but we live in a suburban neighborhood now with loads of other animals around. In the end I finally realized it was a gluten issue. But everything says they develop at 6-8 month’s at latest and nothing says an 8-9 year old dog can suddenly develop it. All I can do is blame small dogfood for poisoning him and ruining his bowels. Is that possible? Bits of research I’ve done and vet advice has said that small dogfood is made with different needs and it’s tentatively said it’s POSSIBLE but not likely. No one knows what happened or why. He’s fine now and happy as a clam but if this happens to someone else’s pup I gotta know! If this is a thing people need to be able to protect their large dogs from harm!

  • Karen Hoppe

    Thank-u for the reccomendations..

  • Babslynne

    Victor is a 4 to 5 star rated dog food depending on which one you get, Purina Light and Healthy is 1 star, so clearly that’s the answer, slowly transition back to Victor by adding a little more at a time to the Purina while reducing the Purina over the course of a week to 2 weeks. Also add a tablespoon of plain canned pumpkin to the mix to keep her from getting diarrhea that sometimes occurs during a food change, or give a probiotic.

  • Karen Hoppe

    I used to give her and my other dog I had, Victor brand is that good, but but i started changed to Pufina light and healthy and has lot of things she could be allergic too like soy. and other ingredients,

  • Karen Hoppe

    And she has also nbeen really tired, eating lot of grass,but not throwing up or diaharrea , anyhow, supposed take her back to vet mondaym and she’s has irritation on her rectum and her privates… been so miserable poor baby…..

  • Karen Hoppe

    My dog is having all of the symptoms related to food alergies, i took her in on feb 29th she has been having ear and allerg issues since have had her for around 2 years now anyhow the vet cleaned her ears, and put medicne in them, and prescribed steroids and antibiotics for her othre itching her feet , so should i maybe try changing her food.

  • Pitlove

    Ya I understand. I just wanted to clarify because a lot of people only ever consider that their dog is reacting to an animal protein source and forget about the other ingredients that comprise the food. How is he doing on Canidae?

    I personally have never heard of a dog reacting to chicory root, however just because I’ve never heard anyone complain about it, doesn’t mean its impossible. Chicory root is usually a good addition to dog food that is welcome as it is a prebiotic but also contains antioxidants. Unfortunely without doing a proper and painstaking elimination diet, you won’t know if he is actually doing better on foods without it or if its a coinscidence because the foods without it don’t contain something else he’s reacting to.

    I’ve learned a lot dealing with my boys skin issues and I’ve found that most of the things I was suggested to avoid (chicken, grains) are the things that have aggravated his skin the least. It’s very easy to get lost in some of the information you find on the internet and also dog food companies marketing. Sometimes the food you least expect will be good for your dog is the best one.

  • Megan

    Okay thanks so much for clearing some of that up for me. I didn’t mean that the problem was the protein, but that I was eliminating the ones he has had to narrow down the problem. I have him on a food that includes a protein he has not had before, less additives, and a smaller ingredient list (not LID-although if this food does not help I will be checking out LID foods) so it’s easier to cancel things out or narrow it down to the problem.
    Another question I have is chicory root. I realize it is in many dog foods and have been reading how it is a prebiotic and everything, but I saw a comment down below on how chicory root/inulin can cause excessive itchiness in dogs. Just curious as to if it is okay for them or if its better to try to avoid it. I understand that there will be dogs that are unaffected by this as well, but I have noticed less itchiness on my dog with the new food he is on which does not contain this additive.
    I know this whole process is personalized to our needs because no dog has the exact same situation. Im just looking for suggestions on foods/diets for excessive itchiness, or other peoples experiences with a similar situation and how they got through/solved it.

  • Pitlove

    People often forget that animal proteins are not the only thing that dogs can react to. Often times dogs react to the protein that is in whatever carbohydrate source the food contains. Sometimes it’s both. Or even a random ingredient all the way down at the bottom of the ingredient panel.

    If he is on a duck kibble and still reacting, it’s possible that the old food hasn’t completely gotten out of his system or that he is reacting to a carb in the grain-free food or something else in the food. Grain free is not automatically better for dogs who have “allergies”, especially if you have no clue what the dog is reacting to. If your dog is intolerant to chicken and you feed him a grain-free chicken based food, he will still react to it. An LID food could certainly help, but you will need to feed both a protein and carb that he has not eaten before.

    My dog who once was losing hair and had sores all over his back actually does excellent on grain based foods. His hair has grown back and his skin looks excellent now. He’s also less itchy. I’ve also added Salmon Oil and Raw Goat Milk to his food which has made a huge difference.

  • Megan

    Hi everyone, my dog has been itching so much-much more than necessary. I have eliminated the possibility of parasites so I know its not that. He itches his neck, ears, tail, legs, paws, armpits, chest, and his butt. Ive narrowed it down to a food allergy, because no other scenario makes sense. I switched his food to Canidae Grain-free pure sky duck dry kibble and am now hoping that it will all subside. It seemed to increase when he ate dog food with salmon, lamb, beef, and chicken. Ive read numerous articles about how over an extended period of time, dogs can develop an allergen toward those products if fed constantly. Im taking him off of grain altogether regardless, because it seems to be a better option overall. Im also keeping him away from wheat, soy, and corn. Now I’m trying to figure out if he needs limited ingredient food. Can someone please tell me their experience or any advice? Ive been looking into blue buffalo basics turkey/potato grain free limited ingredient dry kibble as well. I would like to find a good food that helps him out, but that is also a reasonable price-and by that I mean not the $89.99 bag of natures variety instinct dog food. He was doing the butt in the air and smashing his face in the bed and rubbing it; however, it is still too soon to tell if the Canidae is a good choice or not. But please comment and reply to give input-THANKS!!!

  • ifiller

    I got my Mini Schnauzer when she was 9 months old (she’s now 7 years old) and within the first several months I noticed a lot of bumps on her back. I took her to the vet a couple of times who gave her steroid shots. I started doing my own research and discovered that bumps on a dog’s back might indicate a grain allergy. I started feeding her AvoDerm and Blue Buffalo grain-free food and the bumps went away. I’d definitely try grain-free if it hasn’t cleared up yet.

  • Wow, after reading your post, I went and checked the cans of dog food in the cabinet, and thankfully, none of our dog food lists chickory, chickory root, or inulin in the ingredients.

  • B Bowen

    Thanks. We’re on week 2 of the new food and the vet said it can take up to 6 weeks to clear up.

  • DDog

    Yes, my mini schnauzer gets very bad skin bumps, I call them hives, from food allergies. Especially down her spine. I put her on Royal Canin Reduced Allergy dry food and it really cleared up her back.

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