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4 Dog Food Allergy Myths

Myth: “I haven’t changed my dog’s diet. It’s hard to believe that he would be developing a food allergy now.

Truth: Dogs can develop food allergies at any time in their life, and with any dietary history.

Myth: “If my dog is suffering from food allergies, why doesn’t he have diarrhea?”

Truth: Some, but not all, dogs with food allergies have concurrent gastrointestinal signs like vomiting or diarrhea, so you shouldn’t rule out food allergies just because his GI tract seems to be functioning normally. If your dog has chronic gastrointestinal problems in addition to non-seasonal itchiness, a food allergy will be at the top of the list of potential problems.


If you think that your dog could have a food allergy, talk to your veterinarian. He or she can help you find the right food to keep your dog’s symptoms at bay while still providing the balanced nutrition that is essential to good health.

By Dr. Jennifer Coates, PetMD

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9:19AM PST on Nov 5, 2014

Is Your Itchy Dog [Allergy] SAD ?

Flea = No
Skin Mites = No
Food Allergy = No
Enviro = 85% Yes

Because Allergy is a Mis-Wired Allergy SnowBall gaining Speed ( Frequency ) and Mass ( Severity ) as it Rolls Down Life's Hill.

The Only viable Option is to build Internal Tolerance to the actual Aero-Enviro Allergy Sources .. to the extent that Symptoms are Pushed into Remission.

Aside for Allergy Shots, Doggy GOO provides this Option

12:28PM PDT on Sep 25, 2014

It you think that Andrea D then I guess you have never dealt with a dog with allergies. I have and the article is spot on.

5:45PM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

The article is a load of fecal matter.

11:47PM PDT on Jul 10, 2014

Its very hard to figure out to what your dog is allergic to, it takes a long time.
And no treats during this time- explain that to them.
One of my dogs has allergies. First he had diarrhea and a lot of gas-that was wheat and corn, then a bad rash-from beef.
Leaving these out of his food he is healthy and happy dog.

9:07AM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

Many Pet Parents move their DOGs to special diets with the “Belief” that its Paw Chewing, Itchy, Gunky Ears are FOOD Allergy Driven.

When in fact, 85% of our Itchy Allergy DOGs = Allergy to the Same Pollens Mites ( not Skin ) & Molds that We suffer From.

To address Enviro allergy TroubleMakers, many Pet Parent have successfully moved their animals to Doggy GOO which builds Tolerance to major Enviro Allergy TroubleMakers.

BUT the above does not mean that FOODs are not troublemakers for our DOGs often they are. But it is not a true medically defined Food Allergy, but rather a GUT that is out of balance typically caused by Antibiotic Flora devastation.

In this case, because 75% of our DOGs Immune System is GUT Mediated Immunity, GOO Gut Rescue “Rescues” your Dogs Gut from Pathogenic Bad Bug Dominance.

Additionally, addressing the top 7 Provocative FOODs, GOO Gut Rescue also builds tolerance to Beef, Chicken, Pork, Lamb, Soy Wheat & Corn.

7:47AM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

I would like to see a list of the top 10 or 25 dog food allergies in order from most cases to least. And, it would be nice to see % of dogs (estimated, of course) affected; for example if Barley was .001%, even if top 25, it would be extremely rare that dogs would have an issue with it. Anyway, I see discussions about this allergy or that allergy, but no data or listed orders or percentage of dogs affected. How about a more detailed follow-up article?

2:52PM PDT on Aug 19, 2013


5:50PM PDT on Aug 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing

6:34AM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

8:35AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

I still think some animals parents think there dogs should eat the way they do.

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