Dog With Allergies

My dog has allergies. What can I do about it? Please help.

Bill from Clinton, MO


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July 1, 20080 found this helpful

My Husky has major skin issues - which is not uncommon for the breed. With all of the research that I have done, the natural health classes that I have taken and the tons of money that I have spent on trying different dog foods, I have definitely come to the conclusion that it is the food that we feed our pets.

Cats and wolves (dogs) have been thriving for tens of thousands of years without our input on what they should eat. Only for the past 60 years or so have we decided that we are the authority on what our fury friends should eat. Funny, how our pets are now so susceptible to disease such as cancer and diabetes and allergies.

We should be feeding our pets what their wild counter parts eat.
Wolves eat raw meat (generally smaller animals such as rabbit, fish and birds but also venison and caribou), raw bones (only cooked bones splinter), eggs, roots, fruits and vegetables. They do not eat grains, meat meal or additives. Wolves have also been known to eat homeopathic remedies such as garlic to keep away parasites and willow bark to help with aches and pains.


Cats are pure carnivores eating a diet of small prey such as rabbits, birds and fish. However, they will occasionally eat plant matter such as grass and catnip to help aid digestion. With all of the commercial pet food on the market, it is no wonder so many of our pets have allergic and digestive issues. If your pet has a skin allergy, try taking him/her off of all grains (rice and oatmeal are easier to digest but are still grains and they can still cause problems). It could also be an over abundance of yeast caused by too much starch in food (grains and potatoes - sweet potatoes have much less starch) and antibiotics.
A great dry and wet food to transition your pets on is Wellness Core.
Regarding raw meat; there are so many reasons why your pets should eat raw foods.

First Raw foods have digestive enzymes which can only be found in foods that have not been cooked, radiated or processed. Digestive enzymes aid in digestion and are essential for good health.


Second Cooked meat takes 4-6 hours longer to digest than raw meat. The longer meat stays in the gut, the worse for the digestive tract.

Three Raw meat creates more acid in the stomach to aid in the digestion of food. Yes, more acid in your stomach is good for you and your pet. Acid reflux and other acid related issues are caused by too little acid in your stomach not too much.
Third Raw foods contain less free-radicals and more vitamins than cooked.

Fourth Everyone is so afraid of the bad bacteria in raw meat. Yes, bacteria can hurt your pet, but it can also help. The more bacteria your pet is exposed to (OK, there are some limitations) the better your pets immune system. Animals put their noses and tongues in nasty things all day long, much of which has worse bacteria than raw meat. It's better to prepare your pets for those instances then to compromise its immune system by trying to keep bacteria away from it. Also, when killing bad bacteria, you are killing good bacteria which is again, good for digestion.


Note: A poor digestive tract causes disease.

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By nancycorinne (Guest Post)
July 2, 20080 found this helpful

I concur with the person who said Benadryl. I give my dog 25 mg (1 pill over the counter) every time I see she is itchy. She weighs about 45 pounds. It really works, and in my dog's case it is on an as needed basis.

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By Marna (Guest Post)
July 2, 20080 found this helpful

You need to find out what he's actually allergic to which is where your vet comes in. It could be environmental or systemic and if you're not treating the right thing, you're wasting your time and money and keeping the dog miserable.

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July 3, 20080 found this helpful

Have 3 dogs with allergies - changed their food to Bil-Jac which really helped [made with human grade ingredients!]; but one still itched and chewed. Got Atarax [Hydroxine Hydrochloride] pills from the Vet and they worked.


Since I also have bad allergies [food, environment, insects, etc.]I asked my Doctor for these and have found that I'm still allergic, but not nearly as severely! I now 'share' my Atarax with my dogs and we're all doing better!

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July 20, 20080 found this helpful

You give your dog benadryl and put them on a lamb and rice only, dog food diet. I have found that bathing my pug/chi mix in dawn liquid dish soap takes the itching away for the most part and makes her coat soft.

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By Chaz (Guest Post)
October 25, 20080 found this helpful

My little 10-lb shih tzu has skin allergies that I treat with a prescription dog food from the vet, filtered water and Benadryl Quick Strips cut into appropriate dose sizes, twice daily. She's always resisted taking pills and absolutely hated having the liquid version squirted into her mouth, but she loves the vanilla-mint flavor of the Quick Strips and considers them a treat.


If you feed your dog table scraps, stop. Try using baby carrots as a treat. I never thought to try fish oil. Thanks for the idea. I'll bring it up with the vet next time I'm in there.

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By Debi C. (Guest Post)
January 1, 20090 found this helpful

I have a 6 mo pit puppy who is driving me crazy itching. He has a chunk missing from his neck due to scratching. Is a fish oil cap Ok to use. And what does Peanut butter do?

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By StephanieAnnF (Guest Post)
February 16, 20090 found this helpful

Hey all, go to walmart and try this hydrocortisone spray it's in a blue bottle made by Hartz. It was like 4 bucks. I sprayed that on my pit's stomach underneath his arms and legs because he wouldn't stop scratching. It helped right away!

I had went to the vet and he didn't help at all. However I still have a problem with my pups eyes they are constantly itchy and runny... can't find anything for that. The worthless vet said the pup has allergies and didn't help me. He sure took my 300 bux no problem though. Anyway hope that spray works as good for u as it did for me. I know white dogs have a lot of skin problems.

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July 12, 20100 found this helpful

It's the food...a lot of the pet foods out there have grains, preservatives, etc. I started doing my own research by comparing the ingredients and now feed my dogs Countrypet Naturals. I tried it and all the allergies disappeared. I did more research on it and found it be a pure food from New Zealand. Their foods do not contain any grains or preservatives, which causes the allergies. My dogs wolfed it up! Their energy level is up and you cannot tell the difference between my puppy and older dog!

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