I did a search in the forums to see if this is common, but a lot of posts with ingredient listings came up so I thought I’d ask a fresh question.
I’ve been working on figuring out my dog’s itchiness/goopy eyes for a while now. Yes, I realize there could be environmental allergies involved, but I’m trying the food ingredient route first. Eliminated potatoes, no change. Switched up the protein, no change. Eliminated peas, no change. Grain free or grain inclusive, no change. So, I typed up all the foods she’s tried in the last 18 months and started highlighting common ingredients and the only one is flaxseed.
Has anyone’s dog had a strong aversion to flaxseed? I honestly NEVER thought that could be the culprit. I did a general Google search about it and all I found were people ADDING flaxseed to their dog’s diet.
Food sensitivities usually result in GI distress such as vomiting and diarrhea. Food allergies are rare.
It may be time to consider getting the skin testing done by a dermatologist/specialist.
You may find this site informative. http://skeptvet.com/Blog/?s=allergies
“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”.
excerpt below from: http://www.2ndchance.info/Apoquel.htm
Food Allergies are probably over-diagnosed in dogs (they account for, perhaps 5-10%). Hypoallergenic diets are occasionally, but not frequently, helpful in canine atopy cases but you should always give them a try. Food intolerances are more common – but considerably more likely to result in digestive disturbances and diarrhea than in itching problems.
Also, via the search engine here: https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/search/allergies/
BTW: Allergen Specific Immunotherapy does not address food allergies (rare) or food sensitivities.
A common environmental allergen is the household dust mite, also known as Cockroach, American and Tyropagus putrecentiae. And, no, you don’t have to have cockroaches in your home. These microscopic particles are everywhere, airborne and on the skin of all living things…including you! Constantly being shed all year round.
Frequent bathing (Malaseb) might help but it won’t completely solve the problem. Also, allergies tend to get worse as the dog gets older.
Folks will recommend an elimination diet, but how will you know if the dog is responding to environmental allergies, which is causing what? I didn’t find elimination diets helpful.
However, my dog does best on Nutrisca Salmon and Chickpea.
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