Food Allergies In Dogs

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  1. I do watch for those signs in Harley, but so far his licking and scratching is random and not often. Great information shared Rachele – thanks!

  2. Thanks, Groovy Goldendoodles!

  3. Jean Furs says:

    Dear Rachele, I just read your post on dog allergies. I have an important question. Is it a myth about garlic being bad for dogs? I know there are many products that have garlic in them for dogs, but I read that it can cause neurological problems. Can you tell me anything about this. People feed garlic to their dogs for flea and tick control. Thank you for getting back to me.

  4. Hi Jean. Garlic is bad for dogs. Please see my post entitled Foods To Avoid Feeding Your Pets. When you read my post, you will see that onions and garlic can cause gastrointestinal irritation and damage red blood cells resulting in anemia.

  5. This is something that always seems to plague our golden, Miley. I think after a few years we finally have it under control. Great info!!

  6. Thanks, Golden Daily Scoop!

  7. Elaine says:

    Hi Rachele,
    Haley, like a lot of dogs, suffers from allergies and occasional flare-ups with her ears, but mostly her allergies stay manageable and under the threshold of causing her too much discomfort.

    I’ve read that dogs can develop allergies if you feed them too much of one type of protein when they’re a puppy. We gave Haley a lot of beef training treats when she was a puppy and she seems to have allergy related reactions to beef as an adult. I was wondering if this was true and would you suggest a varied protein diet for puppies?

    I’m anxious to read your book when it’s finished. 🙂

  8. Hi Elaine. I am glad you are anxious to read my book about Dogs With Allergies. I am anxious to finish writing it and get it published!

    In answer to your question, I do not suggest a varied protein diet for puppies as a way to try to keep them from developing food allergies. Unfortunately, there really is no way to prevent a dog from developing allergies. I recommend feeding puppies a high quality puppy food.

    You will notice in my blog post today about food allergies in dogs that I mentioned that food allergies develop to a food that a dog has been exposed to. So, rather than exposing a puppy (or an adult dog) to many different protein sources, it might be better to limit the number of protein sources that a dog is exposed to. In other words, if you are feeding your puppy (or adult dog) a high quality diet and they are doing well on it, then I would recommend sticking with that diet unless problems develop in the future.

  9. Great post like always Rachele. Will have to keep an eye out for symptoms.

  10. Thank you, Talent Hounds!

  11. wagsahoy says:

    Might an ear infection develop as a result to allergies to things in the air in an actively used kitchen? *wags* – Gilligan

  12. Hi Gilligan. Yes, dogs with atopy (allergies to airborne allergens such as pollen, molds, and dust mites), often tend to have recurrent ear infections.

  13. When we got Harley we had no idea that a 2 year old could develop a food allergy. We never really pinpointed the problem but once he got off poultry and grains his seasonal allergies improved as well!

  14. Thanks for sharing, Kevin!

  15. I also think sometimes added ingredients in foods (not just the protein) may cause an allergic reaction. We had a recent issue when we went to change Freighter’s food. He was on about a 50-50 mix of his old and new and when we got to that mix his coat started to look terrible and he was scratching all of the time. The new food was not that different from his old as far as protein and carbs but had some more calories which he needed. Once we noticed we immediately took him off the new food and changed to another similar food that is working very well for him. The only thing I can think is that one or maybe two ingredients were the issue. Or maybe the quantity of those ingredients.

    Thanks for joining the hop. This is great information.

  16. Thanks for sharing, 2 Brown Dawgs!

  17. Cathy Armato says:

    Excellent post, thank you! The warm ears really surprised me, as well as itching in unsuspected places on the dog. Thanks for the great info!

  18. Jodi says:

    Thanks for joining the blog hop Dr. Baker!

    I am currently trying (and I say trying because with Delilah it’s very difficult) to keep her from snarfing stuff in the yard and on our walks. Because of her elevated liver levels I’m trying to eliminate all grain and dairy to see if that makes a difference for her, as I’ve heard liver inflammation can be reactive and it would seem (at least to me) that food is the first place to start.

    I was surprised to see beef head the list for allergens, I would have suspected chicken myself considering it seems to be in everything. 🙂

  19. Thanks for sharing, Jodi!