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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-26-2013, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Help for Skin Allergies - What food is best?

My 8 year old Alli is constantly itching and licking. The vet told me to give her benedryl daily. She has had a few skin infections and needed to take antibiotics. I don't want to be giving my dog medicine - especially if there is a food that will help with this issue. Currently, i feed her grain-free kibble but I am willing to give her something that will help her with the itching. Is this skin condition prevalent in Shepherd's? If so, is there a food that will help alleviate these symptoms?

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How do you know these are food related? Food allergies are actually a very small percentage. Are her symptoms year round? Or only during certain seasons?

Here's an interesting article
Selective Immunoglobulin A Deficiency in Pets




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What food are you feeding?
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Nutro grain free
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I have been basing this "food allergy" from information from the vet. Her symptoms begin in the Spring and into Fall. However, she does experience itching in the winter too - its just not as bad.
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My vet said to use a LID (limited ingredients ) dog food until we rule out what the food allergy was. The first food we gave up was chicken and grains, that seems to be doing the trick.
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Try one of the LID Natural Balance formulas. Go with a novel protein like fish, venison, or buffalo for example. Keep her on it for a few weeks and look for improvement.

Add extras like coconut oil, salmon oil, Olewo carrots/beets, yogurt, probiotics.

What kind of flea/tick prevention are you using? Do you apply lawn treatments? Is she around anything that might trigger an allergic reaction? Allergies and skin issues are common problems in the GSD - hope you find a solution
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I have been basing this "food allergy" from information from the vet. Her symptoms begin in the Spring and into Fall. However, she does experience itching in the winter too - its just not as bad.
If it's worse during the pollen seasons then I would guess part of it is environmental.

Local, raw, honey helped my Jax and Courtney's dogs. I give 1 tsp per day. Claritin barely kept it all under control but she was still uncomfortable. It all went away once I started giving her the honey. It's like a natural allergy shot. You just have to make sure the pollens in the honey are the ones active during that time. My beekeeper collects twice a year. Mid summer and fall so I give the spring honey (collected in midsummer) until about July and then switch to the fall honey.




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Thank you for sharing this article - very interesting. I think it is time to find a new vet! However, I am still curious about the food. I don't think Nurto is a good choice since their food is comprised of meat by-products (just learned this today).
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I do give her Frontline monthly - our backyard is wooded. As far as lawn treatments, none this season. Thank you the input on food and extras!
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