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Not so long ago, I put my dog on Taste of the wild dry dog food. Approximately 1.5 weeks later he developed a skin problem (bumpy sores all over his body). Is it possible for a dog to be allergic to a certain food? What is the best dog food for allergies? I guess one that contains Hydrolyzed Protein?
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I'll start off saying that I'm no expert, but I've gone through some skin/allergy issues with my doberboy so I'll put in my two cents.

Zeus was on Taste of the Wild since we got him at 8 weeks old up until he was a few months over a year. We decided to change after reading about some long-term issues that were linked to the food, but finding the right fit was hard. Purina Sensitive Skin and Stomach (Salmon and Rice formula, and later Lamb and Oatmeal) both gave him runny poops. He also had flaking and lots of itching, though I think theses were more due to environmental allergies than his food, since it came soon after we moved to a new state. Went to a dermatologist and he was prescribed Apoquel for allergies (environmental). It helped with the itching/scratching. The food was still an issue (loose stools, not so much rashes or anything) and his regular vet put him on a prescription diet of Hills Z/D (hydrolyzed chicken). It was a miracle worker. He now eats Hills Science Diet Sensitive Stomach & Skin formula (chicken) and his digestive issues have cleared up.

Have you talked to your vet about your concerns? Your pup may have a food sensitivity. For Zeus, I think chicken is all he can handle, as anything else (treats included) as a protein, especially fish, gives him bad poops. I'm not positive, but I think most of those special food sensitivity foods may require a prescription from a vet. Other than your dog's bumps, has he shown any GI issues? Others will chime in soon! They have more knowledge than me.
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That is some good info Gamer - Glad you are getting Zeus straighten out - you have working hard at that for a good while
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My dog HOSS had skin sensitivities as a dog under 2 years.
I found it only happened during our season change to fall then condition went away.
So my dermatologist had me wiping down hoss with 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water when coming back into the house.
As he matured the seasonal flare ups went away.
So IMO his body Built up tolerance as he matured.
Hoss turns 4 this December so this is our second year of no flare ups.
So always check with vet but meanwhile try this mixture itís has a natural ph balance.
Scent of the vinegar goes away as it drys.
Selsun Blue relieves itch real good this was also recommended by my vet.
But use no more than 1 time per week just to relieve severe itching.
Zyrtec pills also good if cleared by your vet.
Either kind of vinegar works good APPLE OR WHITE VINEGAR.
Hope your pup feels better soon.
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