Q: What is the best way to find what allergy your pet has?

March 24, 2008 | By Goldenretrieverlover | 5 answers | Expired: 2866 days ago


My dog we know has some allergy but we dont know what shes allergic to. We are pretty sure its a food allergy.

Readers' Answers (5)
Gwen J.

Mar 27, 2008

The best way is to limit your dogs intake to very simple foods, a high-quality food with a specific protien, limited to only lamb, chicken, rabbit, venison, etc., and without any other protien sources. Keep your dog on this diet only, do not feed any treats or people food during this time unless they contain the same protien. after a month of doing this, as long as your dogs condition has improved, you can then introduce one protien at a time and do this also for about a month. If the condition gets worse, then you know that is an allergen.

Unfortunately food allergy detection is a slow process which takes a lot of diligence on the part of the owner and can be no fun for the dog if they're used to getting lots of treats.

I ran into the same problem right after Thanksgiving, when I gave my dogs a little left-over turkey with their meals. One of the dogs broke out in litttle itchy pustules and it took ten days of anti-biotics and strict diet regulating to finally discover what it was that triggered it.
Good Luck!

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Mar 28, 2008

I would suggest a food trial at your veterinarian's discretion. My westie has allergies (both food and inhalant) and we did a food trial several years ago with the help of her vet. She is now on a fish and potato based food and does great. We also had her allergy tested for her inhalant allergies. It was a little costly at first, but now her allergies don't bother her at all so it was totally worth it!

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Mar 24, 2008

After spending years trying to figure out what was wrong with our German Shepherd, I have to ask why you think it's a food allergy? What are her symptoms? Having said that, here are things that have worked for us (after trying every very expensive shampoos, conditioners, diets, allergy shots, lyme dips, and meds). Keep in mind that some of our many failures worked for a little while; you are benefitting from our tried and true experience of seeing many vets, animal dermatologists, and the veterinary hospital at Colorado State University. CSU is where she actually got the help she needed, but it took us four years to think of taking her a university to get help. By the time she got there, she had contracted a human staph infection due to her skin being compromised from both allergies AND a very determined parasitic infestation. Since she was such a tough case, they accepted her and have video-taped her several times.

1. Get Organix Canine Dry Food. This is the ONLY one our dog can eat without developing any problems. It's a little expensive; so is spending $1,800 with an animal dermatologist.

2. Remove ALL chicken from diet. Period. To give you an idea of the bacteria on chicken, do you know why all cooks tell you to wipe down the counter with bleach and toss the cutting board in the dishwasher immediately after preparing chicken? Ah, because the bacteria on chicken can KILL people--that is how my mother died. From Consumer Reports: Campylobacter was present in 81% of the chickens, salmonella in 15%; both bacteria in 13%. Only 17% had neither pathogen—the lowest percentage of clean birds in all four of tests Consumer Reports has performed since 1998. No major brand was cleaner than others overall. Foster Farms, Pilgrim’s Pride, and Tyson chickens were lower in salmonella incidence than Perdue, but they were higher in campylobacter. Among all brands, 84% of the salmonella and 67% of the campylobacter organisms analyzed showed RESISTENCE to one or more antibiotics.

3. Get canned salmon, tuna, mackerel to mix with dry food. Stick with this for at least a month to see if it alleviates the problem. If it does, you can add Campbell's Chunky beef with wild rice soup for variety. DO NOT for any reason give her wet dog food. Canned fish has no mystery ingredients, is fit for people to eat, and IS MUCH cheaper and more nutritious than dog food.

4. Eliminate cheese and dairy products.

5. Get Zymox Enzyme Shampoo and Conditioner. Use this at least once a week, and more frequently if she gets dirty from running in mud, rolling in dirt, etc.

6. Clean her ears at least three times a week with Epi-Otic Advanced Ear Cleanser for Dogs. Allergies lead to ear infections. The ears must be kept clean.

7. Brush her coat once a day.

8. Keep any bedding/dog bed CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN. Use bleach. I change our bedding twice a week; this is down from the once-every-other-day. Pop it in the dryer for at least 15 minutes under the HOT setting.

Good luck!

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