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Raw Dog Food Cleared Up Our Dogs' Skin Allergies - A to Z Blogging Challenge

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Today is the first day of the A to Z Blogging Challenge and I’ll be writing about everything I learned during the first year of feeding our dogs raw dog food.

The first time that I heard dogs could have allergies was in our first month at the dog park.  Another dog mom told me about her dog’s eye gook that she developed each spring.  I’ve noticed the same thing with our dogs; it’s not heavy, but as spring gets closer, I find myself cleaning our dogs eye corners more often.

But when I think allergies, I think of skin rashes, paw licking, and food reactions.

Skin Rashes

Rodrigo, Sydney and Blue had pretty intense skin allergies that required antibiotics and after the 2nd round of antibiotics, I decided that we should go raw (a year ago).  Everyone’s rashes kept coming back and I didn’t like the idea of using antibiotics regularly; what was this doing to their liver?

In less than 2 weeks on raw, all of their skin rashes cleared up.

Paw Licking

When spring is coming, a combination of growing grass, pollen, and the rain has an impact on Rodrigo’s paws.  Our first vet told us that the paw licking was a reaction to the grass.  A fellow blogger suggested I look into the food and that’s when I figured that Rodrigo may be allergic to chicken and took him off chicken kibble.

I was only partially right…

Food Allergies

Rodrigo can’t eat chicken.  He’s a hot dog, as in temperature.  He seeks out cool places, he pants a lot, he licks his paws and he used to have skin rashes.  We resolved a lot of this with a diet change, but I recently stopped feeding him chicken after a consultation with a holistic vet and he appears to be more comfortable (he always seemed too hot in the house, even in the winter).

I can’t say that feeding raw dog food will resolve all allergies in our dogs, but it did improve many reactions our dogs were having.

 

Tomorrow is B for Books about Feeding Raw

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  1. Helpful information. We had two English Shepherds that had problems with skin rashes, wish I had known about feeding them raw dog food back then.
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  2. Very helpful information. I’m a dog mom to a senior dog (12 years old).

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  3. I’m beginning to think our Chewy is allergic to either Oklahoma or chicken. If it’s Oklahoma, it should subside with time. If it’s chicken, I’ll be able to figure it out pretty quickly. He gets chicken taffy as reward for leaning new tricks.
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      • Our vet said things to avoid with IBD is chicken, beef, grain & dairy. We haven’t written about it yet – waiting to see hoe Jack comes out of it – he’s still on medication now.
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        • We went through the ringer with Felix’s food allergies and intolerances. I have literally fed him every type of food on the market. He ate grocery store food when we adopted him, then a decent kibble with grain, then hypo-allergenic food prescribed by the vet, then canned food, then high end grain free kibble (and then many grain-free kibbles in a rotation) home cooked and finally raw. Through all of that, he was on heavy meds for his allergies (steroids and later autoimmune suppressants, backed up by the occasional antihistimine and topical products).

          As nervous as I was about switching to raw fed (especially considering out vet “broke up with us” over it, it has been the single best thing I have ever done for Felix. Three years later, he is off ALL allergy medications. Everything. We haven’t had a hot spot in ages, he gets a little yeasty, but a soothing bath takes care of it. I couldn’t be more grateful for the changes raw feeding has brought to him.

          re: Beef/Chicken/Dairy/Grain & IBD – IBD is often aggravated by even very minor food intolerances. Dogs who don’t show outright symptoms of intolerance like itching or hot spots have been known to show signs of inflammation in the digestive tract when ingesting allergens. Since these are “the big 4″ when it comes to likely suspects, they’re generally avoided. Another one that can sometimes (but not always) cause issues? Fish. It seems to be wildly varied – it’s either the be all end all that helps an IBD dog or an absolutely curse, depending on whether they’re allergic.
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  4. We can’t do beef here in Doodleville – nasty things start to occur if we do. For us we’re pretty safe with chicken, but I use fresh to stay on the safe side. Harley used to sneeze the beginning of Spring when he was younger, but it hasn’t returned thank goodness. We do however have a little eye gunk from time to time. Thanks for the information.
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  5. It helped us too! It completely cleared up Tig’s skin problem and improved her coat! It didn’t help much with licking, but vinegar wipes after a walk have helped with that. Now we’re dealing with IBD (our cat) so we just ran an allergy test yesterday. Will be interesting to learn the results from that. Our vet also advised *lightly* searing the raw food to help make digestion a bit easier, but we haven’t noticed a change from doing that over the past few months… think it’s something else.
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  6. I love how switching to raw helped all three dogs! I noticed my dog’s coat and skin looked healthier after switching to raw. He became less itchy and had less dandruff too.
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  7. I enjoyed reading your blog. We have an Australian shepherd/Rottweiler mix and he’s on Blue Buffalo dog food. He’s doing well but I am constantly trying to find alternatives that are all-natural, easy to digest and fix (since I have limited time in the day). Thanks for doing the A-Z Challenge. Happy blogging! http://www.dianeweidenbenner.com

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  8. I’ve heard of this a lot, actually – lots of people I know, after switching their dogs to raw, experienced allergies clearing up or food sensitivities being reduced. Luckily, we’ve never had those concerns with Moses and Alma. They’re all anecdotal stories, of course, and I’m not sure what science is out there to support it, but it just seems to make sense that foods with few – and natural – ingredients and no processing would be better for pets (they’re better for humans.. soo…..).
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    • I see a lot of people who think switching to raw is a cure all and it’s not; I know I did when I first heard about it, because people were so excited about the results they were seeing. When I first wrote this post, I said “can clear up skin allergies” and came back and changed it to “might,” because just because I experienced this doesn’t mean that all will, because, like you said, it’s anecdotal stories – I have no real proof :)
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    • When it comes to allergies, it truly is a guessing game, but I truly believe that with our dogs, it was diet that was causing the majority of their health issues and once we made that change, everything changed for the better for them. Rodrigo still gets itchy paws, but it’s not like it was before and his skin rashes have never returned :)
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  9. wow. did not know there was so much to dogs’ allergies. Is this a particular brand of food you feed him? or is it actual raw human food? Our golden mix is very itchy, wakes us up with his scratching at times. We don’t know what to do. Maybe changing his diet might help. Of course the vet wants to put him on some kind of med.
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    • Our dogs eat a mixture of raw meat, offal (which is organ meat) and bone. We add in supplements like salmon oil, glucosamine, kelp, parsley and green lipped mussels. We get our meat through a local co-op of farms and from a company who makes premade raw.
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  10. Good info. Wonder if this would help our golden who is the itchiest dog ever! He scratches all the time, even waking us up sometimes at night.
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  11. This is great! Kayo would get pretty bad hives when she was on kibble – and it was the highest quality kibble. She had eye gook and very dry skin. Once we switched to raw, her eye stopped gooking, her skin stopped irritating her and she has only had hives once every several months. She used to have them daily. When we saw the vet about the hives he said, “Well as she ages the hives will either get better or get worse.” That was his solution! And Benadryl every day of her life. Thankfully through some research I read that others had great results with a RFD and it was just what Kayo needed!
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  12. Awesome post! I don’t feed my dog a permanent raw diet but I do incorporate in her meals. She loves it and I definitely agree that it keeps her healthy!
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  13. Great information! Thank you for sharing and talking about this!

    I’m still educating myself on feeding raw. Leroy has had so many health issues over the past year that I’m running out of options and ideas. We know he can’t do fish, chicken and duck as of right now. His ears get so inflamed on those proteins! We have him on lamb right now and his ears are doing great but he’s had an increase in eye discharge and more tummy troubles! Uggh!

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    • Can he do beef? I wonder if green tripe (if you can stand the smell) would help him out; it’s great for tummy issues.
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      • I feed them a rotation diet and beef is next on my rotation, so hopefully it will go over ok. Thanks for the tripe suggestion! I will look into that.

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  14. My poor dog is having skin rashes right now. Is there a cream I could use?
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