Hypoallergenic Dog Foods


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Most Common Allergens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food Allergy
or Food Intolerance?

Food allergies and food intolerances are considered two different issues.

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

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

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

Different Conditions
with Different Symptoms

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

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

Again, let’s use milk as an example…

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

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

The Bottom Line

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

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

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

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

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

Veterinary Hypoallergenic Dog Foods

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

Suggested Limited
Ingredient Dog Foods

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

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  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Yay! You will be surprised at how smoothly the IDT goes.
    I got the results and her treatment plan the same day.
    Put the schedule on the fridg regarding giving the shots or sublingual solution, it’s confusing at first.
    The results are subtle at first, but I did see improvement right away. The full effect kicks in at about 1 year.
    I’m excited for you and your dog!

    I like Nutrisca salmon and chickpea as a base. You may need to bathe her twice a week (microscopic dust mites are a common allergen). The vet will probably recommend malaseb or something like it. Good luck.

  • Susan

    Hi give “Holistic Select” Adult/Puppy Salmon, Anchovy & Sardine Meal, grain free ago, it’s higher in omega 3, excellent for the skin, the carbs are only 28% & it doesn’t smell fishy at all like the Wellness Simple Salmon & Potato does, the carbs are 40% in the Wellness Simple formula also the kibbles shape are awful thick triangle shape, my boy didn’t like it either after 1 week…. When he eats the Holistic Select his coat shines beautiful.. http://holisticselect.com.au/product.aspx?pet=dog&cat=5&pid=71

  • Halcyon

    I agree to do the testing at a veterinary dermatologist. Also steroids aren’t used as much anymore my vets say — the IL shot is the newer thing. It surpresses the immune system though, which won’t always control the issue and isn’t great for health. Steroids for a year is not good. After the skin testing, immunotherapy boosts the immune response against the specific allergens. My dog is having it done in 2 days. It will be $600 for testing, then about $30/month (she is 13-14 lbs). It will pay off in the long run if she doesn’t have constant infections.

  • Halcyon

    I decided to take my dog to a dermatologist vet too (my regular vet didn’t recommend, but even Apoquel wasn’t keeping infections away). After treating her annual skin infections, I am about to do the skin testing. The money up front will pay off over time if she doesn’t get infections. Plus I want her to be comfortable. I think she is allergic to something in the environment (grass?). We shall see. The derm vet recommended Wellness Simple as well, but I haven’t switched yet. I tried the salmon one a couple years ago and she wasn’t fond of the taste).

  • Susan

    Hi, first you will need to start reducing the steroid dose & slowly take him off the steroids, this needs to be done very slowly by reducing the dose, the vet can tell you how many mg’s to reduce by & have a plan, its normally every 2 weeks the dose gets dropped….never just stop giving the prednisone cause you feel it’s not working no more this is what happens with steroids, they are just a band aid & don’t fix the skin problem in the end, any skin testing can not be done until he’s completely off the steroids……
    The only true way to test what foods your dog is sensitive too is to do a food elimination diet that’s what I did, first I did cooked elimination diet & then a year later a raw elimination diet.., or you can use the vet diet formulas….Royal Canine vet diet PS Potato & Salmon, the omega 3 is nice & high good for skin problems, or PV-Venison & PR-Rabbit or look for a kibble with just 1 single novel protein he hasn’t eaten before with 1-2 carbs, there’s “Natural balance” Dick Van Patten formulas, there’s Fish, Duck, Bison & Venison, there’s Canidae Pure Sea, Pure Wild, Pure Land or California Natural, Lamb & Rice has just 3 ingredients or Zignature the Kangaroo would be a good choice unless he’s eaten kangaroo before.
    Baths are you bathing him twice a week to wash off any allergen, pollens & dirt, baths soothe & relieve the itchy skin & paws.. I bath weekly in Malaseb medicated shampoo, it has made a big difference & after a bath Patch feels heaps better & skin & fur feels so soft…there’s also “Taste Of The Wild” Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb, it’s a single protein kibble with sweet potatoes, potatoes & peas… My boy has Seasonal Skin allergies, Food Sensitivities & IBD, he does really well on the TOTW Roasted Lamb it’s excellent for dogs with stomach/bowel problems as well, it may work for all your 3 dogs.. TOTW also has their Pacific Stream, Smoked Salmon formula, it just has Salmon, Sweet potatoes, & I think it may have Garbanzo beans, different ingredients for different countries……

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    In the meantime, I would work with your current veterinarian regarding the diagnosis of pancreatitis and diet recommendations.

  • Susan

    My Dermatologist/vet said normally when a dog has Environment Allergies they will have some type of food Sensitivities as well… I think people are getting “Food Sensitivities” mixed up with “Food Allergies”, yes Food allergies are rare but there’s a lot of dogs lately getting Food Allergies where years ago it was more rare…I think it’s cause people don’t rotate foods & keep their dogs on the same diet for too long & the dog starts reacting to something in diet…Yeasty itchy smelly skin & ears can be from environment & foods a dog is sensitive too & keep eating those foods, when foods are stopped so does their yeasty smelly skin & ears…. Vet diets for Intestinal health have ingredients some dogs are sensitive too they put beet pulp, wheat, corn gluten meal & whole grain corn to make poos more firm.. My boy poos firmed up but he starts to itch & smells real yeasty after eating these ingredients & cant eat most vet diets for Intestinal Health or supermarket foods… maybe you’ve never feed a kibble your dog was sensitive too & have been lucky so your dog has just had the environment allergies….

  • Barb Kittmer

    Thank you. I will see about getting him tested asap.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Environmental allergies tend to wax and wane. It’s almost impossible to tell what food helps and what doesn’t. I didn’t even bother with the blood test for allergies, just did intradermal skin testing done by a veterinary dermatologist.
    Pruritus, ear infections, chewing paws till they bleed are usually indicative of environmental allergies, food allergies are rare and manifest as gastrointestinal disturbances, such as vomiting and diarrhea.
    My dog responded to allergen specific immunotherapy (5 years in), we see the specialist once a year.
    Allergen specific immunotherapy is the most natural treatment available for environmental allergies.
    She did need prednisone early on, to prevent infection and stop the suffering.
    Go to forums and search “allergies” for more information.
    PS: Saliva and hair mail-in tests are not allergy tests, don’t be fooled.

  • Barb Kittmer

    Thanks. I guess it could be but everything I’ve read seems to point to food. When he was on the RC Low Fat Gastrointestinal Diet he did not have any gastric upsets but scratched and licked and bit his paws all the time. On the limited ingredient food he did not scratch or lick or bite at all but had random gastric upsets often and he seemed sluggish and just not himself. On homemade venison, brown rice and pumpkin he was very lively, did not scratch, lick or bite, did not have gastric upset but had quite loose stool.

    So of the 3 trials he did the very best on venison, rice and pumpkin but I can’t feed him that all the time. It’s not nutritionally balanced so long term it’s no good. But he was allergy symptom free and had much more energy and spring in his step than with any commercial diet. It’s just not sustainable long term.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    His allergies may be environmental and not have anything to do with the food.
    For best results, an accurate diagnosis and treatment options, I would consider seeing a veterinary dermatologist.

  • Susan

    Like my boy his IBD & Pancreatitis got better while on Royal Canine Gastro Low Fat kibble & wet tin but became real yeasty & smelt awful, he itched & scratched, you need to find out what ingredients he’s sensitive too, have you looked at the Royal Canine PD-Potato & Duck or PV-Potato & Venison or PS-Potato & Salmon wet & dry diets, the fat is 10% it’s balanced & they just have 1 protein & 1 carb, first make sure it agree with your dog wait 6-8 weeks then slowly start adding 1 new ingredient every 6 weeks & see is there a reaction when that ingredient was added then you’ll know what foods he can’t eat…or have a look at “Balance It” it balances your home made meals & has recipes… https://secure.balanceit.com/
    there’s a Face Book group called “Canine Pancreatitis Support Group” they have low fat diets in their files….as low as 6% fat up to 12% fat & the wet tin foods fat has been converted to dry matter…

  • Barb Kittmer

    He didn’t have any gastric problems at all but he scratched all the time, bit at his paws, locked constantly and had ear irritations frequently. It was great for his digestive system but terrible for his allergies

  • Crazy4cats

    How was he doing on the RC low fat gastro formula before you switched?

  • Barb Kittmer

    My 1 and a half year old Mini Schnauzer has the itching and ear inflammation, constant licking and paw biting symptoms. I changed him over to Natural Balance Limited Ingredient and it has made quite a difference to those symptoms. The problem is that he had pancreatitis at about 7 months and requires a low fat diet as well. He was on Royal Canin Low Fat Gastro before I switched him to the limited ingredient food. Consequently, because of the higher fat content (10%) he is having gastric symptoms including rock hard stools and random vomiting. I put him on home cooked venison, brown rice, sardines and pumpkin for a couple of weeks to see if it evened out his system and he had no allergy symptoms but had loose stools and no vomiting. He was much more lively than usual and you could tell he just felt good. I can’t keep him on that long term because I don’t know if he is getting everything he needs. I need to find a very limited ingredient very low fat dry dog food and I have had no luck in my search. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  • Liz Mas

    I have been feeding her lamb and pea by Mature’s Variety Instinct.

  • Liz Mas

    Good to know, thank you 🙂

  • Janine Kushner

    What did you finally end up with Liz?

  • Susan

    Hi have you looked at Zignature or Canidae Pure kibbles? they both have chicken & potato free formulas.. http://www.canidae.com/dog-food/products

  • Liz Mas

    My boston Terrier is allergic to chicken and Potatoes. I had her on raw food for 10 weeks and started adding ingredients as I knew the chicken but had no clue about the potatoes. There’s potato and/or potato starch in ALOT of dog food, even in hypoallergenic food. So it was hard to find a bag that she didn’t react to.

  • Lisa Jean Kesler Bennett

    I have a German Shepherd with food allergies. We give him food without grain beef or chicken and snacks with duck as only ingredient

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Yes, that’s why I recommend going to a veterinary dermatologist for intradermal testing and the option of allergen specific immunotherapy, the most natural approach.
    People are reluctant to pay for the testing or the consult with a specialist.
    Veterinarians have no choice except to offer band aid remedies in an attempt to stop the suffering.

  • Denise B

    Apoquel is a drug that suppresses the immune system. It can cause some pretty horrific complications, if used long term.

  • Alicia

    Thank you, I will look into all of that. It also sounds like I probably am just expecting a cure too soon as I’ve only had him 3 months. I appreciate the input, I’ve dealt with two seizure dogs and one that only had mild mild allergies to grass pollen. And she was never tested but she sneezed up a storm in the spring & anytime grass was mowed:) Severe allergies world is new to me, all the biting, scratching and digging is crazy I feel so bad for him.

  • Susan

    Hi Alicia, save your money & see a Dermatologist, find a good one in your area…Dr Dodds Salvia testing is for 30 food sensitivities not environment allergies… the only true why to test for food sensitivities is a food elimination diet or used the Vet Diets like Royal Canine PR-Potato & Rabbit or PV-Potato & Venison or PS-Potatoes & Salmon, then once your dog is stable on vet diet & showing no signs he/she is sensitive to any ingredients then start adding 1 new ingredient every 6 weeks….. it can take from 1 day up to 6 weeks to show signs of food sensitivities, my boy starts to smell real yeasty & gets red paws & starts having sloppy poos as well can take him 2-3 weeks to start doing sloppy yellow poos….the only true test for Environment Allergies is the “Intradermal Skin Test” then once they find what your dog is allergic to in the Environment you get the injections…Yeast can be from food sensitivities, Environment & the dog could be allergic to his own yeast… have you joined this group on F/B called “Dog issues, allergies and other information support group” heaps of info one of the Admins of group has a dog that’s allergic to her own yeast & is on Apoquel & has the injections & weekly baths… I use the “Malaseb medicated shampoo it’s excellent, kills any bacteria on skin & leaves them feeling soft, you can bath everyday with the Malaseb….

  • aimee

    Hi Lorena,

    I sent in a hair and saliva test to Glacier Peak Holistics. The results were sent back in a timely manner and revealed many environmental and food reactions. The company said that their process read energy imprints attached to the dog’s DNA. But here’s the kicker… I sent cotton shredded from the cotton swab they sent me as hair and IV solution as a substitute for saliva In other words I didn’t send any dog DNA. Yet they sent me results.

    Immune IQ was put to the test using samples from dogs that didn’t have any allergies, dogs whose allergies were known and fake dog fur and water. There was no reliability found in the results Here is a link to the study

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Below are excerpts from http://www.healthyskin4dogs.com/blog/2015/4/29/allergy-testing-your-dog-the-top-5-allergy-test-mistakes-to-avoid Click on link for full article.

    What’s the final review of the IMMUNE IQ™ test from two veterinary dermatologists? Save your $87! These tests are a waste of money; divert attention from a true diagnosis of allergies (typically flea allergy, food allergy, environmental allergies or some combination of the three) resulting in a delay of conventional treatment that can offer your pet genuine relief. Sadly, most of these companies encourage a sense of distrust towards both the medical and veterinary medicine communities as a primary form of evidence. Most veterinarians I know are open to alternative medicine for treatment of a variety of conditions. However, as with other therapies we expect claims or benefits to be reliable and accurate preferably with support from peer-reviewed research based evidence.
    We attempted to reach out to this company via email and phone requesting additional information on their test and any available research (published or unpublished) but have not received any follow-up.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    It’s not an allergy test. Read the fine print.
    Just ask your veterinarian that has examined your dog what he thinks of this test.
    Saliva and hair tests supposedly test for food sensitivities (which fluctuate) and are not accurate. CAVEAT EMPTOR.
    From the site:

  • Alicia

    Omg, what a duh moment for me. Sometimes you forget the obvious. Of course he could become aggressive being in that constant allergic & irritated state! Although he’s been 90% better with behaviour he does sometime out of the blue growl at me. This from the dog that has bonded with me so much he didn’t leave my side when I was sick last week.
    With this reasoning this may be something (I hope) the rescue we adopted from might be willing to help with financially. They are an awesome group and I have known them to help with things like post adoption surgery a dog ended up needing. We don’t need the couple hundred per year maintenance but the expensive testing to determine is beyond our reach right now because of other really expensive things that have happened unexpectedly recently.
    This dog is a great dog, very loving & connected. Thank you for the advice.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Hopefully his allergies are mild and/or seasonal and can be managed by treatment from the regular vet. If it goes on for more than 1 year/4 seasons without a significant response, I would go to a veterinary dermatologist.
    Bathe once or twice a week, a shampoo like Malaseb, see if diet changes help. Try a limited ingredient food like Nutrisca as a base.
    Those little dogs can become irritated easily and snap, especially if they are not used to children. Children can be nasty with dogs.
    Shih Tzu’s are very sweet affectionate dogs, give him some time. Good luck.

  • Alicia

    Thank you, I will save my pennies for proper testing.

  • Alicia

    Thank you. I guess I was just looking to save some money. I will have to wait til I can afford the testing.
    As to why he was given up, I was told he began getting aggressive with their children. I think they were either too busy w their lives or just didn’t really know dogs because his growling & aggressive behavior stopped within a week or two of my husband & I adopting him. But we also have no kids in the house either, so who knows.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Another thought, ask your vet if it would be worth your while to get pet health care insurance. It often will cover conditions that are not pre-existing.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Atopic dermatitis is a hypersensitivity or over-reaction to a variety of commonplace and otherwise harmless substances in the environment such as plant pollens, house dust mites or mold spores. Most pets with atopic dermatitis either inhale or absorb their allergens through their skin. Allergy tests are used to identify what a pet is allergic to in their environment.
    There are two types of allergy tests, the intradermal allergy test and blood testing for allergies (serologic allergy testing). In an intradermal allergy test, the fur is clipped on one side of the chest and very small amounts of common allergens are injected into the skin. This test is very precise and is only performed by Veterinary Dermatology services. Because most pets with environmental allergies become exposed to their allergens through their skin, the intradermal allergy test may also best simulate a pet’s natural allergies. In a blood allergy test, a blood sample is obtained and submitted to a laboratory for testing.
    If a pet is diagnosed with atopic dermatitis, there are three methods of therapy. The first method of therapy involves removing the allergen from the pet’s environment. Unfortunately, this is not possible in most cases. The second method of therapy involves the use of anti-itch drugs such as anti-histamines or steroids (cortisone). Some of these anti-itch medications do not work in every pet. Other pets develop side-effects from taking certain anti-itch medications.
    The third method of therapy for atopic dermatitis (environmental allergies) is allergy injections. Other names for allergy injections include desensitization, hyposensitization, allergy vaccine, or allergen-specific immunotherapy. Immunotherapy involves a series of injections of diluted allergens. Over time, these injections make a pet less sensitive to their allergens and thus less allergic. Most pet owners are able to learn how to give the injections at home. When based on the results of intradermal allergy testing, immunotherapy helps manage the allergies in approximately 70-90% of pets. Most pets will respond to immunotherapy within 6-9 months, but some pets will require up to a year of immunotherapy injections before a full benefit can be noted.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Nutriscan does not test for allergies. Don’t waste your money. http://skeptvet.com/Blog/?s=nutriscan

    Nothing compares with going to a veterinary dermatologist. Allergies are complicated. there is no cure. But, they can be managed, there is effective treatment. Intra dermal skin testing done by a dermatologist is the most accurate way to diagnose environmental allergies. I skipped the blood test as advised by the vet because the allegies appeared to be environmental.
    Allergen specific immunotherapy is the most natural approach.
    Initial testing can run anywhere from $600 to $800, maintenance which can be lifelong runs a few hundred a year. I gave up cable and eating out, more than covers it.

    Go to forums at this site and search allergies.

  • Alicia

    I rescued/adopted a shih tzu about 3 months ago that is almost 4 yrs old and has a pretty much life-long history of yeast infections. Their vet thought it was grain, but they never tested. Previous owner never thought the grain free diet really helped much.

    I have looked all over for info and I’m doing SEVERAL things that are “supposed” to be the right things to combat the yeast infections. Not working. I put baking soda in his water (1 tsp soda to 2 L water) and I bathe/rinse him with diluted vinegar and went with raw/partially cooked diet as free from carbs as possible. I give him an Acidophilus supplement every day. I haven’t necessarily done each of these things the entire time I’ve had him, but close.

    The vet allergy testing is extremely expensive and I recently found NutriScan online. Their “full” scan is only $300. Has anyone heard of them or know anything about them? They seem to have good reviews, but $300 is still a chunk of change. Sorry this is so long!

  • Deanne

    My precious Bella a one year-old schipperke also been on steroid pill for months veterinarian thought it was seasonal allergy but when it continued he believed it to be food allergic and prescribed her Hills foods/skin z/d dry dog food though I’ve only been using it for three weeks now it seems to be making a difference her furs growing back she doesn’t feel bloated and tight skinned anymore The pads of her feet are softer she’s much happier i’m guess because she’s feeling better but it is a very expensive food also treats look under food sensitive there’s just a few one were using Parina pro plan veterinary diets gentle stackers also given by vet hoping this helps you and your pet best regard Deanne

  • lwe6576

    Try baby carrots as a treat. My 3 dogs love them. I pretty quit with the dog treats because of the weight gain and switched to baby carrots and they lost weight.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Apouel is a medication prescribed by a veterinarian to treat environmental/seasonal allergies.
    For best results consider consulting a veterinary dermatologist.

  • Angie Reid Capicotto

    Could you please elaborate on what apoquel is. A drug, cream or shampoo?
    My dog 14 yrs young, develope a skin rash almost flakey and dark . New vet took her off food and put her on hypoallergenic food. Also she is taking meds to relieve itching

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    I gave up cable and eating out. It more than covers the cost.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Although I don’t see a date on this article, the prices look about right.
    (excerpt below)
    Skin Test
    A skin, or intradermal allergy test, involves shaving off a patch of fur and injecting your dog with a small amount of various potential allergens in a grid-like pattern. The veterinarian then checks to see if your dog’s skin reacts to the injections. This is the most common and reliable type of allergy testing available for dogs. Prices for this test vary from clinic to clinic and may depend on the number of allergens tested. Usually, around 60 different allergens are used, and the cost of the test averages $200.
    Blood Test
    Blood testing is easier on your dog, since he doesn’t have to be subjected to multiple injections. It also can be performed by your regular veterinarian, without the need for a specialist. There is some evidence, however, that blood testing is not as reliable as skin testing. The cost is about the same, with blood tests averaging $200, but reaching as much as $300.
    Exam Fees
    Some clinics include an exam fee in the cost of the skin or blood test, while others charge each one separately. Check with your veterinarian or specialist when scheduling the appointment to see whether the quote for testing cost includes the exam fee. This fee can range from a low of about $50 for an established patient, up to $200 or more for a new patient visit with a specialty veterinarian.
    Nearly all dogs need to be sedated for a skin allergy test. Sedation keeps your dog calm and relaxed while the injections are being administered, and prevents false test results because he is overexcited. Like the exam fee, some clinics include the cost of sedation in the price of the testing, while others assess a separate fee. The cost of sedation depends on the type of sedative used and the size of your pet, and averages between $45 and $100.
    Although not a part of the actual testing, the purpose of allergy testing is to formulate an allergy vaccine specifically for your dog. Some clinics include the cost of treatments in a total allergy testing package. These total packages range from $600 to $1,100. Your veterinarian should be able to give you an estimate of the cost of treatment prior to testing.

  • Gayle

    Kerry, thanks so much for your information. .I was wondering if you feed both your dog’s Rachel 6 food now?? You made me laugh about getting another job, it’s so true…

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    The Intra dermal test is the most accurate test for identifying environmental allergies, you only got the blood test for $220. IDT will run about $500 t0 $800 and is done by a veterinary dermatologist. See my post from above with article by a veterinary dermatologist.
    “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”

  • Kerry Lynn

    we just had our Lab tested , he was the same as your…besides all the outside stuff ragweed, fescue, etc.. pork , salmon, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, soybeans etc.. At first I cried than I discovered “Racheal Rays just 6” so thats a start I will make his own treats.. The problem we have is my other dog.. we switched her food now she has had a tummy ache. He feels great and wants to really play.. He will have to have the desensitivity shots Oh well get another job for the dogs.. lol oh to get him blood tested was $220. so dont let your Vet over charge you its a simple test.. Good Luck…

  • Debbie

    You are an abuser yourself

  • Debbie

    You were scaring a dog that has already been abused terribly and has found itself to unfortunately be rehomed with you!!!! A bloody clueless woman who thinks it is ok to threaten her with a newspaper!!!
    You should not be allowed to have a dog at all!!!! You are a bully

  • Debbie

    You have not got a clue you silly woman people like you should. It have dogs you were frightening the do you deserved to get bitten

  • Debbie

    I totally agree this woman is awful
    Who in there right mind would scold a dog as she calls it and uses a newspaper!!! For fear related issues, god almighty she has not got a damn clue she’s a bloody bully poor baby dog honestly it’s so upsetting to read.
    She states the dog has been abused we’ll stop bloody threatening her with a newspaper she has been through enough you stupid woman

  • Sandra

    Hi Gayle, I to have went through the same thing with my gsd. We did steroids for almost his first year trying to figure out what was causing his outbreaks and ear infections. I tried every commercial dog food that I could just to be put on Purina HA. It has made a big difference but he also takes Apoquel. It looks like he’s allergic to proteins so the Purina HA is hydrolyzed and his body doesn’t recognize it as a protein. Best of luck on your journey.

  • Marguerite

    My springer spaniel started with mild symptoms, but as he has gotten older they have bwcame worse. Tried different foods, shampoo and of course steroids and antibiotics. He was losing his fur last year, had really bad dandruff and constantly itched. Tried new vet and he perscribed apoquel. The scratching stop within a day and by the second week his skin cleared up. He is so much happier and his coat is beautiful again. I may still get him tested to see if we can pin down a cause, but for now on apoquel he is doing great.

  • Doggieb

    Be very careful with those steroids. My dog had similar issues and was on steroids for a long time. Her system started to shut down, it almost killed her. Because of this she ended up a diabetic and went blind. She went through hell because of this. We tried various meds, foods, etc. I know corn was something she was allergic to. We finally hit on a prescription food that helped some. I can’t remember which one it was. I wish you the best of luck.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Go to a veterinary dermatologist. One year/4 seasons without significant results despite treatment from the vet and dietary changes.
    That indicates her allergies may be environmental and depending the severity of symptoms need the expertise of a specialist for the best results.
    Also, you may be able to have your vet sign the medical waiver for the rabies vaccine.
    Go to forums and search allergies for more information.

    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.

  • Michelle Gagnon

    I agree with you 100℅. My dog didn’t have any allergies until after her first year set of shots. One shot they gave, in her left hind quarter, swelled up to the size of a pea, was hard to the touch, lost the hairs on the lump and turned dark grey. I told the vet about it and she said that it was the rabies shot and next time they won’t administer it there…I think next time I’m going to get the rabies titer test and hope she won’t need that shot again. She still suffers and it’s been 2.5 years. I’ve tried everything from every line of l.i.d natural balance, Evo, taste of the wild, zignature and more, and just started on raw to pin point her allergy. I started off with chicken and she broke out in hives on her back. I know chicken is supposed to be an allergen but I wanted to be certain I could rule that out. I’m going to give it another week on this and then try turkey since that’s not listed as an allergen but in the same family… I feel bad that she’s itchy all the time and malaseb baths don’t cut it, especially with her feet. She was getting a right ear infection constantly until I started treating it with Bragg’s apple cider vinegar but recently she’s developed an itchy bum and positive it’s not worms. I’m so ready to give up hope if she doesn’t respond well to at least one food group during this process 🙁

  • Susan

    Hi, allergies are HARD to work out, you can feed them breakfast then they go outside come back itchy & scratching & we blame the food & it might be a plant or tree out the back yard….normally with food sensitivities the dog has, ear problems, dragging bum on ground, stomach & bowel problems as well as the red paws itchy skin etc…..BATHS are the best to do weekly or bath daily when real itchy, in a good medicated shampoo, I have found “Malaseb” medicated shampoo works the best with my Patch, this way you are washing off any allergens, pollens & dirt that may be making them itch…the best thing too do is look at a Vet Diet like Royal Canine vet diets for food/skin allergies, these diets are 100% what they say ingredients are & there’s no cross contamination with ingredients, is your dog small?? if so feed the wet tin Hydrolyzed protein food instead of a kibble, you feed this diet for 2 months no treats, no snacks you can use the matching kibble for treats then after 1-2 months is the dog better?? has the itchy skin subsided if not then try another vet diet formula like the Potato & Salmon if after 2 months your dog isn’t any better then your dog has Environment allergies & see a Dermatologist & ask about allergy testing & try the new CADI injections, so many people in this F/B group “Dog issues, allergies and other information support group” swear by CADI injections have you tried Apoquel?? if the Apoquel didn’t help your dog he may have yeasty itchy skin from eating a kibble where he’s sensitive to an ingredient, has your dog had skin scraps etc a Dermatologist is better then a vet when it comes to skin problems. https://www.royalcanin.com/products/vet/food-sensitivity
    If you don’t want to try a vet diet then look at “Canidae” Pure range, the Pure Sea is really good for itchy dogs the omega 3 is nice & high.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    For the best results, go to a veterinary dermatologist.
    If it has been going on 1year/4 seasons and has not responded in a significant way to treatment by the vet or various diet changes it is time to see a specialist for intradermal skin testing and recommendations for treatment that works. It sounds like environmental allergies. Go to forums and search allergies, you may find some helpful information.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Gayle-

    If your vet feels your dog is suffering from food allergies, it is important to do an elimination diet to properly diagnose. I would start by asking her if she feels a proper elimination diet should be conducted and then go from there under her guidedance.

  • Gayle

    HI, PLEASE HELP!! I have a dog that has been on steroids for over year, due to serve itching all the time..The vet thinks it is food allergies and I am thinking that is the case also. After a year of trying to find the cause,.I belive it definitely is food related. Anyone have same problem and have any suggestions on what food and what treats I can give to help stop the itching for him?? I have 2 other dogs and they have no problems like my other one does…So, Pease any suggestions that really worked would be so appreciative…..Or any ideas on something that helps besides being on steroids??? Thank you so much…

  • Susan

    You shouldn’t breed a dog that has any health problems…You need to see a Dermatologist to work out does she have food sensitivities or environment allergies?? my boy suffers with both, she needs a diet high in Omega 3 fatty acids, so look at the Salmon, Anchovy Sardines kibbles they’re normally higher in Omega 3 & DHA they also strengthen the immune system as well as fixing the skin.. Baths… weekly baths are also needed to wash off any pollens, allergens, dirt etc. I use “Malaseb” medicated shampoo it moistens the skin & can be used daily….

  • barb

    I find the least antagonistic food for my very allergic bichon has been pheasant. I also treat him to bison or kangaroo. I am going to look into clean goat yogurt for his digestive discomforts.

  • Susan

    Yes I agree, I don’t like vaccinating, I vaccinate for the first 2 years then that’s it, I think you have to do the Puppy vaccinations for Parvo etc, then after that feed a healthy diet that strengthens their immune system so when they do come in contact with something nasty their immune system is nice & strong & can fight it off…when they have their vaccination shot their immune system has to work to fight off the allergens that have just been injected & if your dog is sick, not well there immune system is low, then its not good time to vaccinate… I looked at doing Tilters & they cost more then getting the vaccination done, Patch is 8yrs old & I’m doing no vaccinations no more, he has a IBD flare after being vaccinated & he gets ill again.

  • Nicholas Degen

    I agree with Bustin Cheeto, my 3 dogs a came down with severe allergies between 4-6 weeks after being vaccinated and they’re not related. Most people don’t know to look back and research what happened prior to the allergies. My dogs don’t get any pet related products at all and will never be vaccinated again. However I do agree they’re necessary in certain situations and locations but I believe the frequency is way too often.

  • Susan

    Hi, they think our pets are getting more allergies cause of what’s happening with the Ozone layer, our Summers are hotter, our winters are warmer… I live in Australia & we just had our hottest night in 150 years 1 week ago & today it’s over 40 degrees, it’s soo hot, the weather man said its going to be hot till New Years..also one vet said he has found breeders saying if the dog stays where its born & live that dog doesn’t get or have any allergies but the dogs that are taken interstate the owners ring asking do any of the other litter pup have allergies.

  • Bustin Cheeto’s Everywhere!

    There seem to more and more dogs having problems with allergies now. It makes you wonder about what is going in to the dogs vaccinations. When you have a perfectly sound bloodline with no allergies then suddenly a few start popping up, I have to be suspicious of vaccines. As we know our dogs indeed do need vaccines….maybe they should be given maybe only one at a time and further apart. I just wish there were more research into this for the sake of the dogs suffering. I do not believe immune problems suddenly pop up in an otherwise excellent breeding program.

    I would also recommend raw or cooking your own dog food. So many commercial dog foods title there food as say “salmon” being the main protein only to find out there is also chicken fat or turkey in the ingredients. Why dog food companies do this is beyond me. When people are searching for limited ingredient diets they don’t wan’t several different protein types included in the food. It’s common sense. Yet these foods seem to get top rated. Merrick Backcountry Grain Free Raw Infused Pacific Catch Dry Dog Food was an excellent choice but since Purina has taken over Merrick I believe they have changed something in the food. It’s not so great anymore.

    The problem with allergies in dogs as well as with people needs to be researched more and taken way more serious. There is a reason so many are now suffering with allergies than ever before. I for one will not blame all breeders for this problem, it’s much deeper than that.

  • Amateria

    That’s a pretty funny reply and one I would expect from them to be honest, based on their and other cheap foods Facebook replies.

    Also don’t need a degree to recognise good nutrition from bad, the only thing the degree gets you is a job because without it no one would hire you.

    Hiding the problem is also a bad idea eventually you’ll have a full blown disease happen where nothing you try works and your dog will either live as comfortably as he possibly can or die.

  • Susan

    The Hills vet nutritionist said, that’s your opinion, I’ve got a degree in I can’t remember what she said & then she said the ingredients are especially formulated for that particular health problem & I said, how can maize gluten meal, corn & beet pulp help my dogs bowel.. the people that work at Hills are all brain washed to believe these ingredients do help & fix the intestinal tract & what ever health problems the dog has, all the corn gluten meal, maize & beet pulp does is makes the dogs poos harder to stop the diarrhea, so owner think gee this food is good the diarrhea has stopped but its not fixing the actual health problem, you can just go & buy a real cheap kibble, it has the same ingredients & would firm up poo as well…

  • Amateria

    Did they reply with a nasty remark or anything at all when you said that their foods are not cheap or healthy?

  • Susan

    Hi, yes Hills use chicken in all their vet diets, I asked Hills vet nutritionist once, WHY do Hills use chicken in all their vet diets & other kibbles Hills vet nutritionist said cause chicken is cheap, I said but your kibbles aren’t cheap they are very expensive with crappy ingredients & our dogs are sick & we believe vet diets are really good when our pets are sick…
    Start looking at fish diets, fish is easier to digest & I make my own treats, you know what your dog is eating….there’s heaps of home made treats online…I give Patch apple pieces as treats & Almonds about 3 almonds as a treat a day, I cut out 1/5 of the apple, wrap rest of apple in cling wrap & put in fridge for the next day, I peel & make sure there’s no seeds & start of by given 4 little pieces apple for 1 week & see how your dog goes, he/she should be fine & apple is healthier then any dog biscuits, I also cut up water melon or rock melon in the Summer months, the more foods you introduce in diet you strengthen their gut, 70% of a human & dogs intestinal tract is the immune system..
    My boy has IBD & Skin allergies, he reacts when he eats chicken, he’s sensitive to chicken, 20mins after eating any chicken he starts to itch, his paws go red & swollen, so I feed home made meal for dinner & feed kibbles breakfast with Salmon/Sardine or just Lamb kibbles & he does really well … always retry your dog with new ingredients cause sometimes what they reacted to yrs ago they may not react to again or something you thought they couldn’t eat they can eat, for years I thought Patch couldn’t eat potatoes & couldn’t try most grain free kibbles, then I thought stuff this I’m not 100% sure it was the potatoes he reacted too, so I boiled potatoes & added 1 small piece of boiled potato to his dinner only l & he was fine no diarrhea no itch.. now I feed Sweet potatoes & his lean pork rissoles with broccoli,, kale parsley, 4 yrs ago I thought he wouldn’t be able to eat any of these foods & kept him on a vet Intestinal diet that made him smell real yeasty & itch but vet said his poos are firm I thought this isn’t right & slowly took him off the vet diet while slowly introducing other kibbles…

  • Pitlove

    Hi Chantel-

    I believe all of the proteins in that Hills food are hydrolyzed, therefore your dog can not react to them. If you want to try something without any chicken products perhaps the Royal Canin Hydrolyzed Protein diet would be better.

  • Chantel Leblanc

    I have a year old whippet/terrier cross who reacts with chicken now I bought the Hills prescription diet hypoallergenic dog treats and number one ingredient is chicken liver .. I feel at a loss for this dog and his allergy I just want to be able to feed him treats when he’s a good boy .. is that too much to ask ? I’m in the Vet field and I still have no idea where to turn from here.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Please consult a veterinary dermatologist for the best results. I hope you know not to give any supplements, over the counter medications, or apply anything topically to the dog’s skin unless advised to do so by a veterinarian that has examined the dog and knows his history. There is a lot of incorrect information on the internet……..

  • Heather

    Thank you for all the information. I will try all of it and see what works.

  • Susan

    Hi Heather, yes your vet is right your dogs immune system isn’t strong, 70% of our immune system is in our stomach/bowel, so start adding fresh whole foods to your dog kibble, they did a study & just adding 2 tablespoons of fresh veggies & some fresh meat reduces the chances of your dog getting cancer…..
    Do you have” Yakult” in the dairy section at supermarket ? they are a human pink probiotic drink, you get 5 small Yakults that you drink 1 daily, I give my boy 1/2 of my Yakult every morning the first week slowly introduce & give in between meals as treat, best to take probiotics on an empty stomach when the stomach acids are low so in
    between meals is good or first thing in the morning or at bed time, I take around 11am.
    I started giving Patch about 1/4 of the Yakult, then after 7 days I increase to 1/2 a Yakult every day
    …or buy the Purina Forti-Flora a dog probiotic, they tested 10 dog probiotics & out of the 10 dog probiotics only 3 came back with live cultures, Purina Fort-flora was 1 of the good dog probiotics…
    With kibble try & feed a 4-5 star kibble,
    “Canidae” Pure Sea is good for dogs with skin problems, kibbles that have salmon sardines are good for the skin cause they are higher in omega 3 what is needed for the skin & coat….
    Always rotate your kibbles, a different brand & a different protein, this way your strengthen your dogs stomach to eat all types of foods…..When I first rescued my boy he was doing sloppy jelly poos
    always eating grass, gas, bad itchy yeasty skin etc
    he has food sensitivities & skin allergies, now I’ve worked out what foods he can eat, I feed a cooked meal for breakfast & kibble for lunch & dinner, also omega 3 supplement is excellent for the skin or tin sardines in spring water add about 2-3 small sardines to 1 of his meal a day, Sardines have vitamin, A, C, D, B-12, B-6, Calcium, Iron & Magnesium, Aldis have tin sardines in spring water for 59c a tin…..Here’s Canidaes site they have just brought out small breed formulas, have a look at the New Petite Salmon formula & the Pure Sea formula… slowly introduce & only start 1 new thing at a time cause if your dog gets diarrhea you’ll know what is causing it..

  • InkedMarie

    You bred a dog with food allergies?
    Ask your mentor for advice.

  • Jane Mattingley

    Hi I have a french bulldog with food allergies. She is now pregnant after having Artificial Insemination and we need to switch her to a novel protein diet puppy food for enough nutrition for mother and pups. Does anyone have any advice for this please?

  • Sallee Misnik

    Apoquel is actually safe to use for long term. They have had no major side effects with it. My dog is on it through the spring to fall months to control his itching

  • Pitlove

    Hi Heather-

    Demodex is caused by a mite that naturally lives on the dogs skin. Usually these mites are not harmful to our pets, but since yours has a weakened immune system, it’s likely that is why he continues to get flares up.

    Food can not really help control demodex unless his immune system is weak because of food allergies which are rare in dogs.

    You should however talk to your vet about adding a probiotic to his diet to possibly strengthen his gut which in turn will boost the immune system.

  • Heather

    I have a boston terrier that had Demadex mange when I got him. The vet says that he probably has a weak immune system. He continues to get the Demadex and I was wondering if there was a good dog food, that is affordable, that I could give him to boost his immune system.

  • Amateria

    Very late reply I forgot to write back…
    Thanks for the history I hadn’t realised it was so dire, I also wasn’t mean in my comment but I later realised that it sounded a bit mean and that’s on me, I continue to learn to write better and sometimes what sounds ok to you might not be for others.

    You could be laughing your head off and than someone comes along and insults you because no one can see you after all.

  • Mloving

    We have gone through some pretty strict food allergy test and this was the first chicken free, chicken bi-product free (no chicken meal or chicken fat) that we were able to introduce that didn’t cause allergies. Our one also seems to have a sensitive stomach so the grain free takes care of this too. We tend to find chicken fat or chicken something in the salmon blends. We have tried a few other brands which caused licking but not so much of the red stomach so we stuck to what we know works. I may try the TOTW when I get a minute to review the nutritional guide…ingredients look positive.

  • Susan

    Hi, I have a sick dog with IBD, food sensitivities & skin allergies & when you find a kibble & know it has really helped & works for your dog, especially after tying nilly every single kibble in Australia over 3 yr period & I nilly put Patch to sleep, I couldn’t keep watching him suffer & cry after eating foods, even cooked foods caused him pain, I even tried raw diet thru Naturopath Jacqueline Rudan who makes “Natural Animal Solutions” products, then a lady msg me on Face book from one of the groups I’m in & said please give TOTW Pacific Stream Smoked Salmon a try, it’s Grain Free & high in omega 3 fatty acids, what’s needed for his skin & bowel & for the first time in 3 years Patch did a firm poo, I could pick it up & throw it & when it landed it would still be a firm poo, he didn’t whinge or cry & want me to rub his stomach area after eating, he stopped eating grass every single day, then for the first time since I’ve owned him Patch started pooing on grass like all the other dogs in the dog park & not running off & hiding his poos in the bushes….It was like winning the lottery for me, him & his vet, his vet had to ring me cause she hadn’t seen Patch & me in a while, she thought I had put him to sleep & I said no he’s doing really well & he’s being naughty, that’s a good thing when he’s a monster its means he feels good, when he’s sick, he just cries, sleep & follows me around all day, his vet wanted to know what was this miracle food I was feeding him, so I got her some samples for her IBD dog she has..There’s other ladies the same as me from the EPI group love TOTW.. We had to contact TOTW when the Pacific Stream formula had been changed last October 2015 in America & the UK, TOTW had added Garbanzo Beans to their Pacific Stream & so many dogs were having diarrhea & sloppys poos, probably cause the owners never slowly introduced the new formula, so we contacted TOTW & told them we are from Australia with IBD IBS & EPI dogs & they are doing really well on the TOTW Pacific Stream old formula please can it stay the same as we have tried nilly every single kibble in Australia & nothing helps our dogs like TOTW Pacific Stream, back then Patch had just starred eating the Pacific Stream Smoked Salmon formula, then after 1 week I received an email from some manager from TOTW & he wrote they’re leaving the Pacific Stream formula the same & not adding any Garbanzo beans to the Australian & the Europeon countries they sell too… at the moment he’s eating Canidae Life Stages but in 1 month he will get his Pancreas & stomach pain caused by his IBD & he’ll be put back on his TOTW Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb again, then I’ll rotate & start him on something new or go back to the Canidae, I love how small the Canidae kibbles are, so if he doesn’t chew all of his kibbles the in chewed kibble will digest real easy cause they’re so small…

  • Amateria

    It’s not like it’s the only chicken free one, I mean there’s what 4000 recipes of dog food now? there’s clearly going to be a lot of chicken free ones, but I guess the biggest problem with a lot of people is the price.

  • Amateria

    You really love Totw don’t you? Haha
    You mention it in every post you make and that’s fine just having a laugh about it is all 😀
    I guess for me it would be Ivory Coat I don’t know why whenever I think dog food I think of that company every time.

  • Susan

    Hi if ever you get stuck & can’t get their kibble look at “Taste Of The Wild” Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb, sold Chewy 30lb bag $44.89, 100% chicken free, also the TOTW Pacific Stream Smoked Salmon is 100% chicken free & $43.99…I rotate between different proteins so he’s not eating the same protein 24/7

  • InkedMarie

    Why do you *have* to feed that food?

  • Mloving

    We have to feed our Pits Blue Buffalo Basic Lamb and potato. If you look at your ingredients most others claim to be chicken free /poultry free but still have Chicken Fat or Chicken Meal. the lamb and potato from Blue Buffalo basic it the one that has worked best for us. Also based on overall nutrition this has been best. $55-$60 for 22lb bag though.

    You will also want to watch the dog treats as a lot of them have chicken in them as well. Our one dog not only starts licking, rash on the stomach, he also gets ear infections from his chicken allergy.

  • Mloving

    We have to feed our Pits Blue Buffalo Basic Lamb and potato. If you look at your ingredients most others claim to be chicken free /poultry free but still have Chicken Fat or Chicken Meal. the lamb and potato from Blue Buffalo basic it the one that has worked best for us. Also based on overall nutrition this has been best. $55-$60 for 22lb bag though

  • jody buttigieg

    Hi I have a 4 yes old Yorkshire terrier and lately I have noticed that he gets a rash along his back pretty much across his spine with big spots . Took him to different vets and one said it’s down to food allergies. I have tried to trial it out to see and I narrowed it down to chicken as it flares when he has it. I currently give him eukanuba but would love to change his food to a fish based kibble rather than chicken. Any reccomandation? Thanks

  • Amateria

    Based off of amazon which sometimes doesn’t have the best prices it’s $60 for 26 pounds, dog chow was like $26 on chewy for its maximum bag it’s currently on special though.

    The price is usually $50 for 42 lb.
    Natural is like $30 for 32 lb.

  • Amateria

    Well I don’t really know much about anything besides food, because that’s all I really researched for 5 years that part is everyone else’s job, I just want to make it clear that everything that’s been mentioned is the same product with a different name at the end of the day.

  • Susan

    Hi when she eats the Aplo does she itch & scratch or have red around her mouth?? look at the ingredients that are in the Aplo & look at he ingredients to the Dog Chow there has to be a better quality kibble then the Aplo & dog chow that is a good price & has better ingredients, look for kibbles with Lamb Meal, brown rice, sweet potatoes, Pit Bulls/Staffys are prone to skin & stomach problems also it can be environment allergies aswell causing the skin problems, make sure you bath weekly to wash off any allergens & pollens on her skin & coat…go & have a look at the 3 star kibbles section & look for a limited ingredient kibble & another kibble for your other dogs then start rotating between the kibbles, it’s not good to just feed 1 brand of low quality kibble, but first find your girl a kibble she can eat & does well on, winter is coming in America the best time to start looking for a kibble environment allergies are worse thru the spring & summer months & when trying new kibbles it can be very confusing cause you think the food is making them itch & scratch & its not, I don’t know if “California Natural” is expensive but California Natural has their Lamb meal & brown rice it has just 3 ingredients, its very good to start with then when she is doing well start introducing foods or another kibble with a different protein & a few different ingredients & see how she does, it will sort of give you an idea if she can eat chicken, peas, potato etc I feed “Taste Of The Wild” Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb, my boy has IBD & Skin allergies & does real well on TOTW Roasted Lamb & its also a good price. Post a post in the Forum section asking for good quality kibbles that have good quality ingredient that are not expensive & have limited ingredients not tooo many ingredients. Milk bones are very high in fat maybe look for a better quality treat I give peeled & no seed apple pieces, foods I eat left overs I give as a treat..or raw meaty bones from a butcher some butchers
    will give off cuts of meaty bones for free if you
    ask & say you rescue dogs you’ll take anything eatable for a dog then freeze…read the ingredients in the kibbles if you cant understand the ingredient then its a crappy ingredient that’s no good..

  • InkedMarie

    You used a newspaper on a dog new to your household who is pregnant (we would not know this information if you did not share it) and you think MY response is ignorant? LOL sure.

    Maybe you need to learn how to train dogs; using newspapers isn’t a positive method. Add the fact she’s new and pregnant…you’re not doing much to help her.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    The quality of the dog food may not be the first priority to consider right now.
    Just saying…
    For example: aggression, other pets in the household, pregnancy, ? of allergies, unknown history.

  • Amateria

    But Alpo and dog chow are like in the same family, the ingredients looks virtually the same to me, even if some names are different.

    I’ve been saving what people have said here so I can use it in the future if need be, however I never saved the foods list that many people have provided and that was a dumb move, I only remember pure balance and 4health yay me…

    Next time I’ll save it so you can check the foods out and see if their within your price range, maybe someone will even do that for me as its 2:40 am and I need to go to sleep.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    I agree, there is a difference. I have tried to help/take in a stray here and there, with the best of intentions. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out.
    There are good rescue organizations out there, it was just offered as an option, imo.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    “I’m looking for FOOD & ALLERGY resolutions, that are affordable”

    Here is the problem, allergies can be serious and effective treatment can be expensive and lifelong. It is what it is.

    My allergy dog does well on a limited ingredient, grain free fish based kibble (in conjunction with treatment from a dermatologist)

    I would proceed with caution, sometimes we take on more than we can handle, that’s how I interpreted IM’s comment.
    Best of luck

  • 5setsofpaws1heart

    Listen I’m here to get insight on food and allergies. And what can be done thats affordable because I do not like giving her Alpo. I’m not mistreating the dog, in anyway. Nor do I deserve to have bitten as ignorant of a response InkedMarie gave. The training has nothing to do with her eating and allergies, she’s treated well and learning, sadly she is still young and not worked with, and mistreated; as I came to find out in the incident I was bitten. I didn’t know, and I told my bf not to make the same mistake I did and to be very considering of her.

    I’m not going to respond anymore if I have to deal with childish replies like, “You deserve to be bitten.” Noone deserves to be bitten, unless you are downright abusing the poor dog. Our dogs are rescued dogs that have been abused. (even broken leg by a drunk man who owned him before us) we don’t abuse our dogs and we don’t strictly use newspapers.

    I’m looking for FOOD & ALLERGY resolutions, that are affordable. That’s it. I’m honestly regretting getting on here to even ask for opinions or help with –food and allergies.

  • 5setsofpaws1heart

    I said in the very first post that they also get expensive and very good canned wet food from the vet’s office, she hasnt eent to the vet but will be soon.As I said we just got this dog (last friday) from an abusive household. We didn’t know the owners were abusive. The newspaper incident is how we found out. And she had every reason to be scolded because her behavior wasnot tolerable. She hasn’t done the same mistake since. AND I specifically told my boyfriend not to scold her for showing her teeth and snarling, but makeup and comfort her quickly. I’m very very knowledgeable in dog behavior. My two dogs out of the 4 we had before this pit, one was adopted from the shelter and it took him forever to learn right from wrong but he’s well behaved now, and my lab is almost a service dog at this point with her training. We all have different ways of training dogs, each dog is receptive in each way, and to each their own. InkedMarie can **** ** *** in the sense of I, noone, deserves to be bitten unless you’re downright abusing the dog. Which I wasnt. Ever Since we’ve gotten her I’ve done nothing but spoil her and make sure she’s welcomed into our family and in good health.

    Which leads me to this.
    ********I’m not here to talk about training. I’m simply wanting ALLERGY and FOOD help. At this point I’m going to stop responding as well.

  • Amateria

    I hope you realise that the natural dog chow is simply free from dyes and digest it seems and some ingredients were moved around, aside from that the ingredients list is literally the same.

    Don’t you have like 4health or pure balance or something over there? Everyone always mentions them as their price is similar or the same as dog chow.

  • InkedMarie

    You’re scolding a pregnant dog, with a newspaper, that you’ve had a week? Lovely. You deserve to get bitten.

  • InkedMarie

    Learn to read. Did I say “dump her at a shelter”? No, I said “find a reputable rescue”.

  • Pitlove

    She is a lucky girl to have ended up with y’all! Pits are simply the best dogs around 🙂

  • 5setsofpaws1heart

    Im not going to listen to the advice of getting rid of her. Infact–We actually just rescued her from an abusive household found that out the hard way and I actually have gotten bitten by her when scolding her. She wouldn’t pass the adoption test, plus she’s full American Pitbull, i know the risks of her going to the shelter. She’s still an amazing and sweet dog and I will for sure give her wet food very soon to help give her nutrients since she’s also been thin. I’ll buy that natural dog chow too! We’ve had her for not even a week and her behavior has gotten better. I’m not one to give up on a dog! She gets along with all 4 of our other dogs as well. She just bites and bares teeth out of fear when confronted with a newspaper and scolded. The pups have a rehoming fee which will be used to spay her! (all our there are fixed as well) we are very responsible and caring for our animals.

  • Pitlove

    Hi 5setsofpaws1heart-

    Thank you for rescueing a pregnant dog. That is a wonderful thing. For the time being until she whelps the pups she can remain on an adult maintenance formula. However once she has the pups she will need to go on a puppy formula. It is important not to put her on a puppy formula until she has whelpped the pups because it can actually create a hormone imbalance which can cause problems.

    Would it be possible to at least move her to Dog Chow Naturals while she is pregnant since it doesn’t have artificial colors? Still something you can find at Walmart and cheap since your feeding so many mouths, but has no artificial stuff, so better for mom.

    It doesn’t sound like you are going to, but please DO NOT take the advice and dump her at a shelter. A shelter is NO place for a pregnant dog let alone pitbull which will probably end up on the short list for euthanasia. Once again thank you so much for rescueing a pitbull, let alone a pregnant one. Don’t forget to spay her when you’re able to! Best of luck!

  • InkedMarie

    I don’t usually do this but I’m going to suggest you find a reputable rescue to take in this dog. A pregnant dog and affordable don’t go together.

    Alpo and Dog Chow are among the worst dog food out there. Anything would be better for the dogs you had but do a very slow transition & prepare for digestive issues which is common for low quality foods. The pregnant dog, if you really have to keep her, needs special dietary needs and I have no idea about that.

  • Nicholas Degen

    I’ve been dealing with this for years now and I agree with you 100%. I have 3 dogs (none related, all rescues) who developed similar skin and allergy issues at the same time and found sugar and carbohydrates to trigger the allergic reactions in all 3. I switched to raw duck, probiotics, raw apple Cider vinegar and garlic – 1 week on, one week off, in Sept 2015 and slowly added the above ingredients while keeping a medium sized notebook recording daily food, treats, exercise and any changes to the food and allergies so I figured out what works and what doesn’t. If they start to itch and scratch we go back to just the raw duck with what works. I had horrible results with Temaril-P which caused 2 of my dogs to loose their coats and the veterinarian couldn’t figure out what was going on. All 3 dogs had staph infections, I did allergy testing and they had similar results as others on here with allergies to trees, grass, pollen and dust mites but I don’t see any difference between the seasons so I don’t believe that’s a part of the problem because my 3 are inside dogs. Dust does seem to cause them to itch more but I would strongly recommend that everyone keep making changes to food and treats to minimize the allergic reactions and hopefully get the dogs off the drugs as soon as you can. We do use Apoquel but we don’t load and I reduce the dosage as much as possible. I currently have one dog on it now at a half a pill a day. Build up the dogs immune system, and pay attention to the ingredients in the food – it’s not always protien that’s the cause. My dogs will destroy their paws and scratch like crazy shortly after eating any carbohydrate or sugars including certain fruits and vegetables.

  • 5setsofpaws1heart

    Hello! We recently adopted a pregnant pitbull, that we were told is allergic to foods and can only eat Alpo. (Which I’ve never had a dog eat that before.) The pit supposedly gets blisters on her chin, like a rash, we havent given her the risk or chance to eat other foods. We have our 4 other dogs on Purina Dog chow (mainly have used that for all my dogs) and they have no issues, we occasionally even buy high-grade wet food from the veterinarian and give it to them as well. (Not this new pregnant pit though)
    Is there any other foods we could give her, relatively affordable? We like buying the 50ib Dog chow because it’s affordable between having 5 inside dogs (2 pits, 1 labrador, two Shiba mixes) and them being fed everyday. 15 pounds of Alpo is nearly as expensive as the 50ib bag. x_x”
    None, including the pregnant pitbull with the allergies are effected by the milkbone treats either. Would love to hear some input.

  • Susan

    Hi Tara yes I wouldn’t give any drug long term, I know a few people have had their dogs on the Apoquel for 2-3 yrs & have blood test every 6months to see that the Apoquel is causing any health problems, their dogs are doing real well, some people believe in quality of life is their priority & say their dogs have been the most comfortable & itch free since being put on Apoquel.. I don’t like giving my boy drugs. his vet wanted me to try Apoquel but I prefer to give weekly baths & use creams..

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    If the environmental allergies or whatever skin condition has been going on for 1 year/4 seasons without any significant response to treatment by the regular veterinarian consider seeing a veterinary dermatologist.
    There are more natural treatments, such as allergen specific immunotherapy. The other medications such as steroids and such are often necessary for brief periods to relieve suffering and prevent infection.
    To diagnose environmental allergies intra-dermal skin testing done by a specialist is the best.
    Go to forums and search “allergies” for more information on the subject.
    PS: Mail-in saliva and hair tests do not count as diagnostic tools.
    If your dog has a serious condition, go to the best and hope for the best.

  • Tara King

    My dog just finished a prescription of Apoquel. It worked great and relieved her itching (which is back now), however I did some reading on it and it’s not something I’d want my dog on for any amount of time.

  • Susan Miltner

    Our Mini Aussie has had allergies ever since we got her 2 years ago. Our Vet thought it was grass allergies so he put her on Apoquel 5.4 mg with little success. This morning I made hamburger cooked in water with some rice added and fed that to her. No itching, body rubbing as of yet, which is usually immediate. Not sure if this is a solution but will monitor her and this maybe our solution, am hopeful!!

  • Amateria

    Funny thing about addiction I was going to write that on pet food reviews, like why we can’t have the NZ version of the food, but in the end I didn’t do it.

  • Susan

    Hi Frank, it could be Apoquel or Atopica.. Apoquel blocks pruritis (itch) but can not resolve inflammation & does not treat yeasty skin secondary Malassezia Dermatitis (Yeast)… Atopica can take a few weeks to start working people say they have better results with Apoquel..

  • Susan

    Hi Kawaii, sounds like your dog has Environment Allergies have you seen a Dermatologist & had her tested for mites & done the Intradermal Skin Test to find out what in the environment she is allergic too? then they slowly inject what allergen she is allergic too under her skin… I don’t think changing from cooked meals to raw meals will help, you can try but she would of improved as soon as you did a cooked elimination diet & work out what foods she was sensitive too & the red paws, itchy ears & skin all go away when the foods they’re sensitive too are removed, are you adding Omega 3 supplement to her diet? Tin sardines in spring water or olive oil are excellent, you add about 3 sardines to 1 of her meals or give 3 sardines as a treat….My boy has Seasonal Environment Allergies & Food Sensitivities…..He vomits, has sloppy poos, itchy skin, red paws, red around his mouth, dragging bum along the carpet & itchy ears from food sensitivities, my vet said with food sensitivities they have reactions above their shoulders & stomach/bowel problems, then thru Winter months Patch has no hive like lumps, no rolling & rubbing his body on my rug, no itchy ears he only becomes itchy & gets red paws, sloppy poos, nausea if I feed him a kibble with ingredients he’s sensitive too, then when Spring comes he gets the hive like lumps, itchy skin, face & body.. Baths are the best thing you can do also I’ve noticed when I walk towards the beach up a certain street he comes home real itchy & has his hives so we must pass & he sniffs a plant he’s allergic too but when I walk towards the park he doesn’t get his hives & itch like a mad man.. each year I work something new out, he’s turning 8yrs old in November …..
    Book & see a Dermatologist & ask about Apoquel it’s a immune suppressant acts within a couple of days Apoquel blocks pruritus (itch) but can not resolve inflammation, Apoquel does not treat yeast secondary Malassezia dermatitis. There’s also Atopica but Atopica can take weeks to work… Have you tried antihistamines?

  • Susan

    Hi Jerina there’s also Australian foods that aren’t added to the list… I think cause it’s an American site then the American foods are listed…. I wish we’d get the NZ Addiction Pet Food, we get the NZ Ziwi Peak, Sunday Pets, K-9 Natural, Black Hawk & there’s a few other NZ made foods that are really good quality foods…

  • Babslynne

    Frank • 25 minutes ago
    Jessica – Our Boston has similar skin issues with chronic licking and itching. Could you share the name of the medication you are using to block the itching sensation. Thank you.

  • Frank

    Jessica – Our Boston has similar skin issues with chronic licking and itching. Could you share the name of the medication you are using to block the itching sensation. Thank you.

  • Courtre

    You need to go to a dermatologist, do a scratch test, and start allergy shots. Sounds like seasonal allergies. My dog was allergic to every grass there is, except for 2 that cannot be grown in my part of the country. We killed the grass, and planted clover. It helped, but we were on allergy shots for 1.5 years. She still licks and bites, but she’s rarely bloody anymore.

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  • Paloma Leon

    Hi jesica!

    I read ur comment and sounds exactly to what we going through with our Jack Russell. Where are u located!? Would love to visit ur new vet.

    Thank u!

  • Surisun

    Kefir cool I will look into it. Thanks!

  • Susan

    Hi Jessica your better of seeing a Dermatologist instead of a vet when you have a dog with skin problems…. Baths are the best thing you can do for an itchy dog that has environment allergies, I bath Patch weekly sometimes twice a week in Malaseb medicated shampoo, Malaseb leaves his skin & coat feeling so soft & silky & Malaseb
    shampoo can be used daily also kills any bacteria on their skin..Bathing washes off any allergens & pollens on their skin & paws relieving them from having itchy dry skin if your using the right
    shampoo..If a dogs skin/coat is dry they are lacking omega 3 fatty acids in their diet, Sardines are excellent source of omega fatty acids vitamins & minerals you buy the tin sardines in spring water or olive oil & give about 3 small sardines a day as treat or with their kibble also raw almonds I give Patch 3 raw almonds a day… Raw almonds are very high in vitamin E, Biotin & monounsaturated fats. will help with his dry flaky skin..
    Best food (Kibbles) with fish as the protein are the best to feed for dogs with skin problems, have a look at “Canidae” you have Canidae in the UK look at their Pure Formulas Pure Sea is excellent for skin problems & very high in omega fatty acids for their skin.. here’s the Canidae site also their kibbles are guaranteed money back..
    the only true way you will know what foods your dog is sensitive too is to do an elimination diet, you feed 1 novel protein a protein he has never eaten
    before & 1 carb like sweet potatoes. You feed this for 6 weeks then if dog is doing well then introduce another food/veggie but I’d say your dog has environment allergies as well as food sensitivities its very hard cause the dog may be having a reaction to a plant, tree, dust mites etc from the environment, normally with food sensitivities the dog or cat will have Intestinal problems, vomiting, sloppy poos, dragging bum on carpet, etc
    my boy has IBD he does really well on “Taste Of The Wild” Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb kibble its just Lamb no other proteins & sweet potatoes, egg peas & potato in the kibble…. try & rotate & feed different foods & kibbles, build up his immune system give a dog probiotic & feed healthy foods,
    its best to introduce new foods thru winter months when environment allergies aren’t as bad…Keep a diary & over the years you will see a pattern like my boy good thru winter then bad thru spring & summer months..

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    The skin testing (Intra Dermal Testing) is the most important part. My dog receives Allergen Specific Immunotherapy with positive results.

    The steroids and other medications may be necessary for short periods of time to stop the suffering and prevent the constant intense pruritus (itching) that can lead to staph infections and open bloody scabs.

    Once the dog’s condition is under control she will need these meds less and less and hopefully not at all.
    See my posts over here http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/search/allergies/ anon101

  • Susan

    Hi Kellie what does she eat?? sounds like her diet is lacking in omega 3 fatty acids, she needs foods to help stop her skin becoming dry, tin sardines in spring water or olive oil are excellent for their skin & coat, heart, joints, brain ..gave a couple small sardines per day with food or as a treat..

  • Kellie Childress

    I bathe her at least twice a week. I also rub coconut oil on her. She likes to roll in the grass :/ I try to keep her wiped down. She still has VERY dry flakey skin, even with rx leave in conditioners. I am going to Amazon right now to order that shampoo. Thanks for the tip. I can’t take her being pitiful. She wakes me up in the middle of the night to scratch her. She stands on my chest and bops me in the nose with hers until I wake up. (Mini Schnauzer ) <3

  • Kellie Childress

    I’ve been to a veterinary dermatologist a few times. It was determined that she is allergic to fleas. She has not had the skin test for other allergies (that’s next.) Her outbreaks wax and wane but never completely go away. Her skin stays flakey. My vet is new and wants to give her steroids. I’m not comfortable with that.
    What did you end up doing for your dog? If you don’t mind me asking.

  • Pitlove

    Hi, yes I agree. Some of their diets are high in fat depending on the dog. My dog and cat did not care for THK, plus I can not justify the price, so we’ve have not used it again. Don’t think I ever would in the future.

  • Morgan Henry

    Your dog sounds like he’s having many of the same issues that mine is having! I look forward to seeing a response here. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • Angela Hirt

    We tried HK and my dog had an immediate allergic reaction to it, wheezing, elevated heart rate, hyperactivity….it was horrible, we found out by elimination he is allergic to spinach. Plus the vet said it is very high in fat.

  • Angela Hirt

    Addiction uses Alfalfa and my dog had a reaction to it. 🙁

  • Angela Hirt

    Hi, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on probiotics. My vet told me just to get lifeway kefir, its lactose free, gluten free, no added sugar. My dog weighs 25 lbs. and I give him a teaspoon 3x’s a day. He loves it. I also give him coconut oil.

  • Jessica

    Hi all,
    I am from the UK so I appreciate that not all of the food stuffs mentioned will be available easily over here but I was just looking for some tips on caring for my dog really. We have had a bit of a nightmare with him (Smithy – a New Zealand Huntaway) and food/allergies.
    About two years ago he developed really itchy, red painful looking skin which he wouldn’t stop scratching and biting at. He also gave off a not very pleasant smell (from his skin). We took him to the vet and they said it was an allergy to something. We spent a fortune on blood tests, skin scrapes, steroids, antibiotics etc all to no avail. The steroids would clear him up for the time he was on them, but as soon as he finished the course it would come back. The vet said all the tests were non-conclusive……
    Eventually we changed vets. The new vet took one look at him and said it was a yeast infection. She explained that his body produced way too much yeast and that this was as a result of his food.
    She prescribed a hypoallergenic food and said she believes he is intolerant to wheat and gluten. She also provided tablets which block the signals in the brain so he doesn’t scratch and lick.
    He has only been on this medication and food for about 4 days but already the change in him is huge!! He is much happier and much more relaxed. His skin has lost all the redness and he has stopped scratching and licking it.
    However, his skin is still very flaky and dry. I wonder if it would be appropriate to buy some coconut oil and massage this into his skin before washing off with his shampoo? I am just looking for advice really on getting his coat back to its normal thick shiny state. He is bald in several spots so I am looking for tips on encouraging hair growth etc especially with winter coming! Also, the hair he does have is quite dry and brittle.
    Any advice would be much appreciated!!
    PS – Any tips on treats would be good too…. given that he is on a hypoallergenic diet and has allergies to wheat and gluten what types of treat would be appropriate? Can he still have animal bones?

  • Susan

    Hi Kellie, Baths are the best, I bath weekly or twice a week if Patch has walked past a bush or a plant he’s allergic too then he starts itching real bad, sometimes he gets hive like lumps on all his white sections of fur…. When you bath them you wash off any pollens & allergens that’s on their skin/body also their paws need washing as well. I use Malaseb Medicated Shampoo, it can be used everyday & the Malaseb leaves Patch feeling so soft & kills any bacteria on their skin as well..

  • Christy Hubbard

    Check out bigbearpet.com
    They’ve saved my little ones!

  • Christy Hubbard

    Poor babies! We did a full analysis through Spectrum Labs. After the first run I did an additional test to check a few novel proteins that weren’t included on the initial test. It’s such a frustrating process & my little guy went through a yo yo period for a little while and now he’s finally stabilized (his stool is firm, his hair has grown back and is soft, he still has some itching though but nothing like before). Hang in there! From what I understand it can even be the toys they play with, bedding, cleaning products, etc. The less obvious stuff, for example mine is crazy allergic to flies- he loves to catch them and sometimes eat them!

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Allergen specific immunotherapy is the most natural treatment for environmental allergies, no medications involved except for occasional flare-ups. The initial Intradermal skin testing done by a dermatologist is expensive, but if it works, it’s the best. The maintenance isn’t that bad.

  • Kawaii Kitsune

    Thanks you for the comment, but we are really trying to avoid any further use of medications like steroids, atopica and other sorts of medications. The side effects of them worry me greatly and as our girl is much older I’m not sure I’d feel comfortable putting more strain on her liver.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    I would suggest having your dog examined and tested by a board certified veterinary dermatologist.
    That was the only thing that helped my dog (stable X several years).
    If your dog has environmental allergies, the food has nothing to do with it. Environmental allergies tend to wax and wane, they don’t go away and often they require lifelong treatment.

  • Kawaii Kitsune

    I’m so glad you’ve found what works for your furry family member! Reading posts like this gives me optimism on our girls problems, but so far we’re still struggling here. The home cooked meals have stopped her chronic ear infections and her itching slowed for the first week but again she’s overly itchy and it’s frustrating. Our last vet did do a few allergy tests on her and I know what some of her triggers are, but the problem was foods she showed no reaction too in the beginning she began having allergies with after a couple of months. We now have a new vet and a nutritionist who have been a huge help even though our problems still aren’t fully fixed.
    It might be a good idea have our new vet run allergy tests.

  • Kawaii Kitsune

    I’m sorry to hear about your girl! I know it’s very hard and frustrating having a dog with allergies. And so far we’ve made progress but the results are so small I’m not sure it should be considered such. Her constant ear infections have ceased but the tremendous itching is still there. The nutritionist says it may take time for the itching to completely stop but I have my doubts.

  • theBCnut

    Both beef and chicken are common allergens, so not good choices for an elimination diet, but it is also possible that there are environmental allergies at play.

  • Dave Potter

    I have tried a strict ground beef for two week w/o noticeable effects. I then tried strict chicken for two weeks with similar results. My dog loved it.

  • Christy Hubbard

    I’ve recently been through something similar and eventually after trying countless foods (raw, kibble, canned, prescription) I finally switched vets. Mine was convinced it wasn’t a food allergy and I wasn’t willing to refill the steroids. My new vet immediately recommended testing and we discovered allergy levels for animal & carbohydrate proteins (beef, poultry, fowl, lamb, peas, potatoes, barley, and many more). Basically he can only have kangaroo or bison for protein. I give him raw bison (from a small distributor) and mix in a blend of fruits/veggies plus a probiotic. It’s only been six weeks and already all skin lesions are gone and his hair is growing back and is soft and shiny (it started feeling brittle and dry- like an over processed blonde). It’s been life changing. I buy all organic fruits and veggies that I know are safe and dehydrate them, then blend them down even further in a blender creating my own custom varieties (mixed berries & kale; apple, sweet potato, & pumpkin to give you an idea) since he’s so darn picky and won’t eat any of the commercial ones that are available.
    I’m not sure how effective the testing is but there is one called Immune IQ (I recently heard about from the local pet food place where I buy raw bison bones) and it’s on Groupon for under $50. Testing at the vet starts around $200-250 and goes up considerably depending on what you test for. It might be a good starting point. My vet was astonished to see my little guys worst allergy is Rabbit, considered a novel protein by some, followed by Venison. Because of our particular combinations of sensitivity there isn’t a commercial option for bison that I’ve found so I do what I described above. After 90 days I will slowly transition him to a kangaroo option which includes treats/bones.
    Good luck.

  • invalidnametwo

    Do you understand the meaning and proper usage of the word: “novel?” Me thinks not.

  • Kathy Stephens

    Excellent GSDsForever. I couldn’t have said it better. I have been through all of this myself and am home cooking one protein and one carb, all pureed for now. The weekly water rinses, vacuuming, washed bedding, all a must. Dermatologist an absolute must to do skin allergy testing. It is imperative that she start getting some lists of known allergies started and skin allergy testing will give her half the picture. The food is really a trial-by-hope solution. And keep a daily journal of stools, skin condition, etc., to be taken to every appointment. I also have a kiddie pool with about 2 inches of water (I dump and change daily) next to my back door for my dog to walk through, then across a towel inside the door, to keep her feet rinsed of some of the outside allergens. Cudos to your answer for this unfortunate situation and possibly help lots of others.

  • Kathy Stephens

    I too have a dog that has food and environmental allergies. We just spent 6 months recovering from a near-fatal inflammation with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) brought on by her intolerance to some foods. We have gone through food trials, prescription diets, limited ingredient diets and all brands of commercial food, all failures. I am now cooking her food and have her safely eating rabbit meat and oatmeal, with natural supplements. I have an “intregrative” veterinarian/holistic nutritionist that has helped me calm everything down with natural food and supplements. We finally learned that my girl has a leaky gut and a problem with synthetic supplements and is the reason why she cannot eat commercial dogfoods. There are just too many ingredients. We still have some minor itching which I believe is the oatmeal. Lectins are inflammatory to dogs with allergies and IBD. Lectins are grains, legumes, dairy, and nightshade vegetable. When my dog develops an allergic skin reaction, I simply back down her food to just cooked rabbit with natural food supplements until the skin clears up. I use raw organic coconut butter on the hives and rashes until they clear. She also must have a clear water rinse bath once a week to keep allergens from building up on her skin. She is allergic to dust mites so vacuuming is in order once or twice a week, plus her bedding is washed once a week. It is work, but she is worth every minute of my time. At 80 lbs, I cook 20 lbs of rabbit each week.