Feeding a Dog That Is Allergic to Grains

Can I give my dog rice and pasta if she is allergic to grains? We have also been told not to give her chicken and beef. She is a Border Collie x Staffy.

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September 19, 20170 found this helpful

You are better off working with your vet. Your dog may need a prescription diet, which is better than store-bought, because there may be traces of allergy-causing foods in store-bought food that won't be in the prescription food.

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September 19, 20170 found this helpful

Apparently you have been working with your vet to find out about problems your dog is having but it seems the vet would have recommended a dog food or given a prescription that would eliminate those ingredients. It will be difficult to eliminate all traces of these ingredients even with a prescribed food.

  • Many times there can be a problem with food intolerance that may appear to be an allergy.
  • A food allergy occurs when a dogs immune system mistakenly identifies a particular food ingredient as harmful. And then creates defensive antibodies to fight the invading enemy (the food).
  • The symptoms of an allergy can include skin rash, hives, itching, paw biting, obsessive licking and sometimes nausea or vomiting.
  • A food intolerance is a digestive problem rather than an immune response.

    An intolerance occurs when a dogs digestive system is unable to digest a specific ingredient.
  • The signs of food intolerance include (mainly) digestive distress, gas, bloating, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Here is a link that explains more about this. www.dogfoodadvisor.com/.../

Here is a link to a site that has a lot of information and you can ask a question about dog food (free info from a vet) and perhaps they have something that you could use.


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September 22, 20171 found this helpful

Thanks I will try that one.

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September 19, 20171 found this helpful

Do not feed him rice it is a grain. You can buy dog food that is grain free.

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September 22, 20171 found this helpful

I have got the grain free biscuits and doing natural meats but just want to bulk it up with something else

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September 21, 20171 found this helpful

I'd be careful with that. Try a grain free dog food. Here are some good ones:


Natures Variety Instinct Raw Boost
Horizon Legacy Salmon Dry Dog Food
Acana Regionals Grasslands Dry Dog Food

They are available online, as well.

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