Lena's allergies are pretty severe at times, but has never really had hot spots. (She has terrible rash during hay fever season, and is on daily allergy meds to help manage it during the season.)
As far as food goes, you may have to try a few things to see what works for you (budget wise) and your dog. Higher quality food is better, for sure.
Lena was on one food for a long time, and suddenly started to have a bad reaction to it - we think that the recipe was suddenly changed. I began the quest for a better food, and we went through 4 or 5 varieties before we settled on Orijen. (And I'm only paying $10 more a year than I was paying for the previous food.) I've since tried rotating some other brands in (because some dogs develop allergies to a certain food after being on it for long enough.) and nothing has done as well for Lena as Orijen (we do occasionally rotate Orijen varieties). The other dog in the house however, does fine on Orijen, but has done just as well on Taste of the Wild, Wellness Core, Evo, and a few others.
Personally, I wish I were feeding raw, but I don't currently have space for storage, or feel confident enough in my knowledge to feel I would be feeding it properly. But that is another good option for maximum ingredient control if you find you're battling food allergies.
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Lena - Keeshond
Last edited by Mesonoxian; 10-14-2013 at 12:31 PM.