Thursday, July 31, 2008

Dog Scratching and Itching--Avoid Common Food Allergens

During the hot summer months, many dogs are scratching and itching, literally tearing their fur out. Their skin becomes raw and red, they chew on their paws incessantly and develop hot spots. First and foremost, be sure you are using a quality flea preventative product. But, fleas may not necessarily be the only culprit here.

Many people think that by purchasing the most advertised or most expensive dog food, that they are somehow giving their dog the best food and therefore, food allergies are not a concern. This is absolutely not the case. You could be feeding your dog holistic all natural dog food that contains corn and flour, and your dog could be scratching incessantly.

Often food allergies, digestive upset and skin allergies go hand in hand. You need to find the right food for your dog that results in normal stools, without mucous or diarrhea which inevitably help calm and quiet your dog's overall inflammation. For some dogs, a raw food diet is the key but it is not for all dogs.

One key point is to be sure you are avoiding all of the following common food allergens: peanut butter (not ok even in small amounts for an allergic dog!), wheat, corn, soy, gluten, casein, milk products--to name just a few.

AskAriel has wonderful products for allergies including AllerEaze and ProAller, but it is important that you also work on reducing and/or eliminating these potential allergens from your dog's diet as well to ensure success.
1 comment:
  1. I have a japenese chin that has been very sick for afew years. She has had two stone surgeries and the vet says that she has gas something can remember righ now all he said is wrong, but she throughts up viol and yellow alot. I give her holistic select dog food and cook chicken an rice in chicken broth.I have tried everything. Last nite she was coughing and couldn't stop so I gave her some honey I hope it didn't hurt her but something helped we got through the nite. This morning she had an asmathic attack and when I could gave her decadron, she is still coughting some.I would love to know if you can tell me amything I can do that might help her.She is alligert to meds. that start with M THE VET SAYS NOT TO GIVE HER ANYTHING THAT START WITH M... I also have ALBON for her stomach and intestines that I give her sometimes.She is licking her feet all the time and sometimes itching.Please help me get her better if you can we LOVE HER SO MUCH......