Canine Skin Problems Caused by Food Allergies


| 10/27/2016 9:32:00 AM


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Where we live remotely in the Sangre de Cristo mountains (9,800-feet elevation), we have to be constantly aware of our surroundings, especially when it comes to our four German Shepherd dogs. Our veterinarian is 45 miles away, so we need to be familiar as laymen with ailments and conditions that may impact our fur family.

We have had numerous situations over the years where they have needed to be treated professionally for various conditions, such as sebaceous cysts, sudden blindness, teeth extractions, plus the subject of this blog post: skin issues caused by food allergies.

Testing for Allergies in Dogs

Perhaps the most confounding and difficult issue we have had to deal with is food allergies. We have gone through numerous foods over the years and our Bozwell’s skin will clear up and then suddenly he will begin itching, biting, and licking himself again. Dealing with food allergies is a real roller-coaster ride with its ups and downs.

We have had the rather expensive allergy tests done as well as skin scrapings and all came back negative for allergies. When his allergies happen, it is usually after a period of tranquility where he has enjoyed normal life temporarily and then the allergies start all over again.



Food Allergies are Perplexing

We have gone through numerous foods from the most expensive brands to the grocery store variety. He will do well for a while and then serious scratching, licking and hot spots start to manifest again. Food allergies are probably the most perplexing problems of canine ownership we have dealt with. We don’t like to see our fur friends constantly itching or with hot spots and discomfort.



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