Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dog Skin Allergies

Did you know that approximately 10% of dogs suffer from different allergies? (As shown in this report.)  Read on to find out how we learned to control our dog's excessive food allergy.

For the first few years of her life, Arwen struggled with moderate to severe skin rashes and irritation.  At first, we could not understand what was causing it because it never seemed to go away.  Arwen was always so uncomfortable and scratching all the time even though we always medicated her for fleas and ticks. 
Our pretty girl, Arwen.
Then one day, we changed dog foods!  We had been using just typical, run-of-the-mill dog food that you buy from your local grocery store or Wal-Mart.  But as we started to look into the ingredients of the dog food we were using, we noticed some of the first ingredients included corn or wheat!  Those are things my little doggy does not need.  We switched over to a no-wheat, no-corn, dog food and we FINALLY began to notice an improvement in Arwen's terrible sores!!  However, it did take a while for the old food to get out of her system... at least a year!  We had also been using straw (wheat) for her dog house bedding, and the vet told us to quit using that as well.  Now we only use things that are wheat-free, like pine shavings.  

Here is the kind of dog food we use.  You don't have to get this exact kind, there are many out there that are corn and gluten free if you suspect your dog has an allergy!  Plus, it is much healthier to feed your dog a dogfood without all those fillers.   
4health is good stuff!
4health, the dog food we use above, is scored 3.5 stars on dogfoodadvisor.com. How does your dog food measure up?

We had to learn the hard way, but maybe you can learn from our mistake!  Arwen is now MUCH healthier and happier, and never so much as lifts a paw to scratch anymore.  We are so glad our sweet girl is comfortable and happy now!

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