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Natural Cures for Dogs and Cats with Allergies

Last Modified on Apr 20, 2016


Itchy nose? Watery eyes? Rashy skin? And, no, we don’t mean symptoms that you are having. While it may seem surprising, your pet can also experience allergy issues that may seem quite common to some that you have experienced. The good news is that your pet’s allergies are typically just as easy to treat as your allergies. From the most common to some of the more unusual, your pet’s allergies can typically be treated using natural cures, such as acidophilus, evening primrose oil, omega-3 fats, and coconut oil.

What Types of Allergies Are Common in Pets?

The two most common forms of allergies that your pet may experience are food allergies and environmental allergies. As a general rule of thumb, seasonal allergies are situated within the “environmental” category of allergies.

Allergies of any type are an overreaction of the immune system, in which the immune system identifies the allergen as a foreign substance that it must eliminate. As the animal’s body tries to fight this substance, the reactions in the form of allergy symptoms occur.

Several different types of pet allergies are relatively common including dust mite sensitivity and sensitivity to chemicals such as latex or aerosol. Nonetheless, the absolutely most common allergies that may be affecting your pet are environmental allergies that include ragweed, grass, pollen, mold, and trees.

What Kind of Symptoms Will My Pet Exhibit If It Has Allergies?

Much like you experience allergy symptoms, animals do too. The symptoms your pet exhibits may vary depending on the specific allergy it has, but generally animal allergy symptoms are relatively common. Some of the symptoms that your pet may exhibit include inflammation in the sinuses or airways, coughing, excess mucus, nasal discharge, runny eyes, swollen eyes, redness in the paws or belly, and itching and scratching. Bowel issues are also common in relation to environmental allergies and may include issues such as vomiting and diarrhea.

What Are the Best Natural Cures for My Pet’s Allergies?

Catching your pet’s allergic response early on is one of the most important steps to fighting allergies. In some cases, you may notice symptoms of allergies in your pet before it develops to a systemic response, which allows you to begin treating immediately and avoid additional vet visits. However, if you pet is red, itchy, and swollen, you should probably head to the vet with the animal to get a more thorough diagnosis. In any event, though, natural cures are helpful supports for safely and effectively alleviating allergy issues in pets. Consider trying acidophilus, evening primrose oil, omega-3 fats, and coconut oil to treat your pet’s allergy symptoms.

1. Acidophilus

Acidophilus is a form of good bacteria that helps balance the body’s immune system. When the natural bacteria is “in check” in the gastrointestinal tract, your pet’s immune system functions more optimally. You can find acidophilus in the form of a dietary supplement and even in yogurt or food forms for your pet.

2. Evening Primrose Oil

Evening primrose oil has active anti-inflammatory and anti-itch compounds. You can apply primrose oil to you animal’s skin to treat dry or itchy skin issues. Likewise, giving your pet evening primrose oil by mouth helps calm allergies and boost the immune system.

3. Omega-3 Fats

Omega-3 fatty acids are more balanced, complex fats than other forms. These supplements help decrease inflammation and relieve allergic responses throughout the body. Omega-3s are especially helpful for treating seasonal allergies. Consider using krill, salmon, or tuna oil as a dietary supplement or topical application for your pet.

4. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is another complex fat. This blend contains lauric acid, which actually helps fight the production of yeast, a common inflammatory component. Coconut oil also helps decrease inflammation and can be used internally and externally for treating your pet’s allergy issues.

Try one of these treatment options, or keep reading to learn more about treating your pet’s allergies naturally.

References:
Allergies in Dogs - http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/allergies-dogs?page=2
How to Help Your Pets with Allergies - http://www.cnn.com/2011/LIVING/03/19/pet.allergies.mnn/

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Below you will find user submitted natural remedies for pets with allergies. Our most popular treatment for allergies in humans, apple cider vinegar, is also very effective in our pets. Many users have also suggested dietary changes for your cat or dog; food allergies to certain brands are quite common. We are interested in what you use to combat your pets' allergies, so let us know if you try any home remedies you find here; if you know of a natural cure we don't have listed, please let us know about it!

When writing Earth Clinic about a dog skin allergy or cat skin allergy, please include the brand name of the food you are feeding him/her! We'd like to start pegging the brands that may be causing these issues.

Remedies for Skin Allergies




The Popularity of Skin Allergies Remedies - Full List

Alphabetical Popularity Recent Post
Acidophilus02009-07-02
Allergy Remedies02013-09-02
Apple Cider Vinegar222015-10-27
Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt22011-04-16
Apple Cider Vinegar, Flax Seed Oil22009-11-23
Apple Cider Vinegar, Raw Garlic12008-08-22
Borax, Better Diet, Colloidal Silver12008-05-10
Brewer's Yeast in Dog Food Can Cause Problems12008-03-31
Chinese Herbs12011-03-17
Colostrum12013-08-04
Cortisone Shots12013-06-17
Dietary Changes72015-10-09
Dietary Changes, ACV12014-11-12
Digestive Enzymes02009-07-26
Fish Oil12009-08-16
Fish Oils and Vegetables12009-06-07
Flax Seed Oil12007-03-10
General Feedback12014-10-12
Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned12008-11-03
Goji Berries12009-06-10
Grain-Free Dog Food, Apple Cider Vinegar, Listerine12009-02-04
Hydrogen Peroxide12007-06-11
Lemon Balm Ointment12009-06-07
Meat Tenderizer12007-01-08
Multiple Remedies12013-08-18
Nasal Discharge02009-04-10
Neem Oil, Olive or Coconut Oil, Goldenseal, ACV12008-04-05
Neem Seed Oil - Promising Remedy!32008-02-24
New Diet, Fish Oil12009-10-06
Omega 3 Alternatives02014-04-28
Omega 3 and Apple Cider Vinegar52007-11-19
Omega 3 Salmon Oil12008-08-14
Over-The-Counter12008-10-06
Pet Dandruff Remedies Needed02009-03-22
Raw Egg in Food, Coconut Oil on Belly12008-03-10
Raw Food Diet52011-10-28
Side Effects02014-09-23
Tea Tree Oil02009-04-06
Ted's Mange Remedies02013-03-30
Vegetable Oil22011-12-19
Vitamin D Sun Baths12007-08-18
Yogurt, Acidophilus, Vitamin A12009-11-27

Acidophilus  

Posted by Lynne (Belleview, Fl) on 07/02/2009

Can someone tell me what the correct doseage would be of asodopholus for a 4lb 9oz Yorkie?

Replied by Lisa
Vancouver, Wa
01/20/2011
Not sure but I have 25 lb. Shih Tzu's & I give them 1/4 to 1/3 of a tablet of "1 Billion Organisms per caplet at time of manufacture" Acidophilus Dietary Supplement.

I guesstimated the dosage based on other internet stuff I read on what people gave their dogs. It's good to help the healthy bacteria in the gut flourish & fight yeast infections... like my dog gets in his ear.

I was putting it in cheese, but I think I will switch to those "pill pockets" or peanut butter cuz of my dog's constant ear infection... I think from the dairy he gets now--I've been putting his meds in string cheese.

Hopefully it will help someone...

Replied by Heidi
Washburn, Wi
02/21/2011
Hello everyone,

There are a few general food companies I would recommend. First, cats and dogs should be eating wet food, not dry. The food should be holistic, human-grade and meat based too. I recommend Evo, Innova and Wellness. All lines have grain free, meat based and age related formulas.

If your cat has severe crystals or UTI problems, I recommend Wysong Uretic, which is specifically for urinary tract and crystal formation support.
Replied by Kim
Atlanta, Ga
05/19/2011
My dog is a 4yr old husky and pit mix has a very bad scratching problem. He does not have fleas nor ticks. We pay good money to prevent that. But the thing with his scratching is that as soon as I let him outside to take care of business before he takes care of business he will drag his stomach all across the grass. Sometimes he does this from the front of the yard to the back of the yard. It can be a bit much for me to watch him go through this. He has scratched so much he does have a few abrasions and hot spots. So I hoping the ACV remedy will help. At one pet the vet gave me some meds to an extent they were helping but not enough in my eyes. I dont want him to be on meds the rest of his life either. Well I really do appreciate earth clinic for there chat boards. I hope this will help my dog.
Replied by Misschris
Nolanville, Tx
05/31/2011
I don't know what you feed your beloved pet, but I venture to say that his diet is most likely the cause of his issues. The following links can provide some insight. At the first link, download the Rex Healthy foods happy dogs (or all of them as I have). Veeeery interesting [EC: Link/website no longer exists]. Gets down to the nitty gritty-valuable information.

http://www.living-foods.com/articles/rawpetfood.html

Replied by Lily
Melbourne, Australia, Vic
02/27/2012
I have a dog that's been scratching almost obsessively since he was a puppy and after 2 years of wearing a cone, we narrowed down the possibilities from diet, exercise, anything the vet could think of.

We have gone through maybe 4 vets and so much medication and it's not right for anyone to be taking so much medication because of liver or kidney damage in the long term.

We did an allergens test to detect ALL the possible allergens our dog was prone to and found out he was allergic to pollen, the poor thing.

So it's worth talking to a good vet and really monitoring your pet. We now give our dog evening primrose oil about 3 times a week and it has helped tremendously. There were other treatments such as injecting him with vaccination everyday for a year but we didn't find that too humane.

Good luck and I hope you find a solution :)

Replied by Darcy
Hemet, California
02/29/2012
Look up Grape Seed extract and you will find that it is a good for allergies, also diet plays a big part in illness.
Replied by Kellie
Macon, Georgia
02/29/2012
Can you tell me more about the primrose oil? How do you give it to your dog, I have a shitz about 6yrs and has terrible skin problems and stinks, spent thousands at vets and meds.....

I feel so bad for her all my vets think it's allergy. They have had the allergy test, mine is pollen, grass, certain grass and trees. I think its more.

Any info is worth thanks.

Replied by Gloria
Ormond Beach, Fl
06/01/2013
How much Evening Primrose oil for an 8 pound Yorkie? Can I put it on the itchy spot as well as in her food?
Replied by Aurelia
Ormond Beach, Fl
01/04/2014
Why didn't I get an answer about how much evening primrose oil? For pet allergies?
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
01/04/2014
Hey Aurelia!

I don't see where you posed this question. I see that a Gloria posed the question 6 months ago and then apparently did not pursue the topic further. Now if you are Gloria and changed your name to Aurelia, the reason why the question was not answered 6 months ago is likely because the person to whom you posed the question posted their reply nearly two years ago and apparently has not checked back for replies since.

Now, if you, Aurelia, are actually Gloria and have an 8 pound Yorkie with skin allergies and are looking to see how much evening primrose oil to give to your pet, you can try 1 capsule 2-3 times a day with food.

My computer is glitching up right now and my internet is about to konk out, else I would do this search for you - but you can search the site for Ted's replies in the allergy and mange sections as he does mention use of evening primrose for dry skin.

Good luck!

Replied by Don
Ormond Beach
11/14/2014
We have a 60 pound golden puppy...scratching like mad...how much primrose oil for his size??
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
11/17/2014
Hey Don!

For a dog that size I would start off with the human dosage as indicated on the bottle.


Allergy Remedies  

Posted by Alison (Toronto, Canada) on 09/02/2013

Hi. I take in rescues, rehabilitate them and rehome them to a loving home. Raven came to us last year, but was a mess (giardia, bladder infection, severe hair loss, sores all over his body, ear infection, 15 pounds underweight, diarrhea, etc, continued kenneling, allergies) & had been through a lot, so he stayed with us. We've had him for one year and cushing's has been a question. He is 9 years and 4mths. I am feeding him a no grain dog food, (potato & turkey), dasuquin (for athritis??), salmon oil, slippery elm powder. I give him Bach Flower remedies. Also, chamomile tea when need be. Last year in July, when I got him, I had his rabies vaccinations and started him on Revolution. In August, his allergies really started up. He couldn't go outside, the pollen, hayfever and goldenrod through him for a loop. Also, I wondered if the rabies vaccines & revolution were bothering him. It all made so much sense. But, living where we do, there are a lot of mosquitos and if I don't give him revolution, there is a chance of heartworm. Now, it's a year later and he's suffering again. He does itch a lot, (I bathe him with a nice african oatmeal item), I wash his laundry in non fragnant no chemical biodegradable soap or just baking soda or vinegar. Can anyone suggest an alternative to the Revolution and the Rabies? I really think that these are causing him problems and a lot of vets don't believe in holistic. Thank you so much. I really appreciate anyone and everyone's help. Raven is really a great guy, wonderful gentle soul and even through his horrific suffering, he wags his tail, gives kisses and is the most wonderful loving guy. I want to do what is best for him. The vet that we have is very good, but there is some controversy regarding the holistic treatment for rabies/revolution treatment.

With gratitude and in kindness,

Alison

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
09/02/2013
You may be able to get a waiver from your vet for the rabies vaccination - that or make sure you get the 3 year instead of the annual. For heartworm try the daily oral tablet you may wish to consider Nemacide/Decacide [diethylcarbamazine aka DEC] - this only after a negative heatworm test. It's sure been a rough year for allergies :(
Replied by Lynn
Reno Nv
10/22/2013
I have read that yew would help after vaccination but I found that out too late to use it on my dog. I adopted her when she was 8 so she probably had been given shots many times since our Animal Control requires them for licensing. But instead of rabies shots, I had titers done and her numbers were so high that Animal Control waived her rabies shots for the rest of her life. Titers were expensive but worth it to me, because she has terrible itching.

Apple Cider Vinegar  
53 User Reviews | 21 YEA | 2 NAY | 1 BETTER BUT NOT CURED

Apple cider vinegar is our most natural popular remedy for allergies in dogs and cats. Apple cider vinegar can be used for pets in a number of ways, depending upon the nature of the allergy symptoms in your pet.

Continue to Reviews...


Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt  
4 User Reviews | 2 YEA

Posted by Tracys (Livermore, Ca) on 04/16/2011

[YEA]  We wanted to thank all of you that have posted about curing "allergies" in dogs. We have a 7 yo Lab who has suffered immensely for the last 4-5 years from what we are told are allergies. Itching constantly with sores all over his body. We even tried the expensive allergy shots and daily prednisone steroid. Nothing helped. It's gotten worse over the last year too.

We found your posts and started giving him daily Apple Cider Vinegar spray on his skin with half water mix, twice daily. We also give him about 1/4 cup of plain yogurt in his food twice a day. He used to smell like yeast, he was dx with a yeast infection a month ago. He had a yellowish color that would come off his skin in the shower from it. Within a few days we started noticing less itching and the smell went away. We have been doing this remedy for two weeks now and it's a true miracle!! He itches maybe a few times a day now, if at all. His sores are healing and going away and his skin is clearing up. He no longer smells too. We are amazed that we have spent thousands on curing him and the Dr never mentioned this remedy. He is like a new dog. More energy and sleeping through the night!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of you who posted on this!! WE and our dog appreciate it and are forever grateful!!!

Replied by Linda
Nyc, Ny
11/13/2011
I have a cat that had an allergy: he started sneezing so hard that the blood would comes out from his nose. He got this allergy one day, later I found out that he went on the stairscase when they just polished the floor there and he got this on his tummy - the allergen. I took him to the doctor a few times, gave him different antibiotics that didn't help. And I decided to wash him with baby shampoo (I do it monthly) and all allergies disappeared!

Posted by Claudia (PDX, Oregon) on 02/27/2008

[YEA]  What has made my dogs skin and coat beautiful is a daily combination of 1/2 tsp of ACV mixed in some plain organic yogurt. I use "nancy"s". My big dog- black lab mix has yeast issues in his ears and paws and it has cured this problem but also improved his coat as well as the coat of my other dog. I see huge skin improvemnets. It took about a month to see the difference as I think it changed the PH of his gut thus working it's way out to the skin. I got a little lax on the routine and right away notice the old problems back. Needless to say I am going to do this everyday from now on. One more thing- my dog with the yeast problem has been allergy tested and has a dairy allergy- I figured I would take a chance with the organic yogurt and I have seen NO ill effects- it is full of all the good bacteria- not sure if that made the difference or what.


EC: More Yeast Infection Remedies for Pets here: http://www.earthclinic.com/pets/yeast_infections_dogs.html

Replied by Jo
Bend, Or
02/06/2009
I have recently started the acv and organic plain yogurt on my golden, can someone give me a rough estimate of how long it took until you noticed a marked improvement in the skin?

Apple Cider Vinegar, Flax Seed Oil  
2 User Reviews | 2 YEA

Posted by Isastuff ( Vaucluse, France) on 11/23/2009

[YEA]  Apple cider vinegar and flax seed oil cured my cat of skin allergies

Thanks to your website and to the positive feedback of so many readers my 18 year old cat has stopped tearing the hair off of her back. She looks healthier than she has in years. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I started spraying her body with pure organic apple cider vinegar. The raw parts where her skin was torn on her back, I dabbed with a mixture of 50% water 50% organic apple cider vinegar. It immediately stopped her from constantly licking, gnawing and chewing of her back. I also added two drops of ACV to her small water bowl and a teaspoon full of flax seed oil to her dried cat food.

She bore the treatment patiently for a few days but on about day 5 or 6 the spraying of ACV started to annoy her. And she started chewing herself again. In despair, I took a paint brush and put something called Betadine (a yellow colored disinfectant with iodine used in hospitals after operations). She stopped again. Then after a few days I took the ACV spraying treatment up again for about three more days. It's been a month and her hair is growing back. She no longer looks like a skin-head and her fur has never been more shiny.

Replied by Great Dane Mom
Conneautville, Pa
04/13/2011
[YEA]   An even better choice of oil for dogs and cats is fish oil! Dogs and cats are carnivores, and do not process plant matter efficiently. Their bodies can use the omegas in fish oil much more efficiently. Since my dogs have been on fish oil their coats are super soft and shiney!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Raw Garlic  
2 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Wilma (Venice, CA) on 08/22/2008

[YEA]  My dog was under medication for allergies about 6 months out of the year from Mar - Oct. Finally, I decided not to use steroids or antihistamines because I knew long term usage was not good. After reading the website, I started with ACV, especially after she would rub her face from itchiness and her eyes would start to get infected. I put it on the top of her head and it seemed to help the infection. But I was only holding it at bay because her eye and chin were red from itchiness. The improvement was that her belly was not red and raw from scratching and she still had her fur. My friend said to add raw garlic. Within one day, I saw marked improvement around her eyes. At first I was hiding it in meat but then I figured out I could put the ACV and raw garlic in her food and mask it with _____'s Amino acids. Well, that did the trick. Her eyes are beautiful again and so is her chin. No more rubbing her eyes and face raw.

Replied by Pendragons
Southern Illinois, Il
03/04/2012
Please never feed your dog garlic in any form. It contains theosulphate which is a toxin for dogs. While small dosages may be fine, I would never take the chance.

Borax, Better Diet, Colloidal Silver  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Carol (Swansea, MA) on 05/10/2008

[YEA]  I've use the sodium perborate three times in one week on my Rough Collie. Let's just say it has been over 24 hrs since I had to use benedryl which he's been on for over a month. He is still biting but to a minimal. I also placed him on Pinnacle fish and sweet potatoes diet and I put a fourth cup of raw meat for protein. We also spray 30 sprays of Collodial Silver into his food 1x daily. along w/some vitamins. I hope this progress continues and I'll keep all of you updated. Thank you, Carol St Martin.


Brewer's Yeast in Dog Food Can Cause Problems  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Keri (Kalispell, Montana) on 03/31/2008

[YEA]  After a year of constant yeast infections and allergies in my lab/aussie mix, someone told me to check the label on her dog food. Come to find out, Brewer's yeast was one of the number 1 ingredients. It seemed that the added yeast was making the problem worse. I switched dog foods to a product that did not list Brewer's yeast and have not had a yeast infection since. I don't know if this will work for everyone, but for anyone with animals prone to yeast infections, it's worth looking into.


Chinese Herbs  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Debbie (Houston, Texas) on 03/17/2011

[YEA]  Dog allergy help. I put my white terrier mix, Percy, on an Blend of Chinese herbs for allergies. It has really done the trick! I get the pills and smash them up and put them in chicken or wet dog food (natural and grain free). It got her off of all the meds from the vet! And she is a happy, drug free, little girl!


Colostrum  
2 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Ellen (Leander, Tx) on 08/04/2013

[YEA]  My nine-year-old corgi has had terrible allergy problems since we moved to Texas. They seem to get worse as he gets older.

I have switched his diet from premium dog food to raw and cooked. I have tried Benedryl and a daily dose of Zyrtec. The antihistamines helped a bit.

While researching ways to increase immunity in dogs, I happened upon information about colostrum. I ordered a goat's milk colostrum for dogs from Amazon.

I noticed a difference the first day I added the colostrum to his food. Even with the other allergy medications, his eyes watered like crazy. It's been five days now, and his eyes are dry. He is only making little, dry eye boogies like normal dogs do. He is not licking his paws like he usually does.

Next week, I plan to ween him off his daily Zyrtec. I'm sure in the days and weeks to come I will notice other health benefits from the colostrum. I'm hoping they help his seizures also.

Replied by Ellen
Leander, Tx
08/05/2013
Correction: The colostrum I purchased is bovine (cow), not goat.

Cortisone Shots  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Bubbleboysmom (Los Angeles, Ca) on 06/17/2013

[YEA]  I know the potential side effects of cortisone shots and steriods, but I must say our 5yr old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has CHRONIC severe food and environmental allergies (ear infections, flaking skin, open sores, watery eyes, lethargy) and we have literally tried EVERYTHING and spent a small fortune doing so... Including organic exotic ingredient diets like: raw rabbit, kangaroo & lentils, garbanzo beans etc. We have seen every type of specialist & tried every kind of medicinal/homeopathic therapy including: Atopica, Enzyme (yeast-decreasing) therapy, predisone, allergy shots... You name it~ we've tried it! The ONLY thing that has ever proven to give him instant relief and comfort have been Cortisone Shots. We don't do antibiotics or oral steriods anymore, and we keep him on the highest quality exotic protein (limited ingredient) diets because we would love for his immune system to rebound and have a fighting chance... But when the allergies spiral out of control every 4 months or so~ Cortisone injection is our saving grace. He's better within 24 hrs~ skin returns to a normal healthy color, ears improve dramatically, and he's running around like a happy puppy again! I know there are horror stories out there and I'm all about natural healing (I'm an (all organic) vegetarian who has never had a flu in her life), but everyone should be informed of the benefits to Cortisone injections when weighing their options. Every creature's biological makeup is so very different, so what may spark miracles in some- could very well wreak havoc in others. Consider your options carefully.


Dietary Changes  
25 User Reviews | 7 YEA | 1 NAY

Posted by Livelyladyv (British Columbia, Canada) on 10/09/2015

[YEA]  I have a puppy who was suffering terribly five years. she was seen by different vets and we couldn't seem to clear things up for her no matter what we did. She would chew on her front paws so her feet were swollen twice their normal size. The skin was bright red, then she started scratching her face and would scratch it until it bled. She also licked her genitals until they were ulcerated And would hide in my closet all day. I was at the end of my rope and one night I googled "canine yeast infections". then I was led to the Great Dane Lady's site. I started my puppy on her recommended products on July 8th and I can tell you EVERYONE notices Molly's improvements. Her feet are normal size and no longer red, she her genitals are back to normal size and no longer ulcerated and she is with us constantly and no longer hiding in the closet. It cost $125. + shipping and duty from the USA but was the best money I ever spent. I am just now going to order more of some of the products as I'm starting to run low on some things but I can't tell you what an amazing difference these (all natural) products have made for my little Molly. People used to think she was an old dog when she was only 1 yr old. Now she's five and the lively, loving puppy she once was.


Posted by Rhoda (Newfoundland, Canada) on 02/24/2015

Hi, I have a Retriever/Shepherd mix that I adopted at approx. age 1. After a few months, he developed allergies. His scratching would keep us up at night and was very intense. His face would be ripped open, bleeding and raw. His vet practised both both traditional and holistic medicine.

It has taken about 6 months to get under control, but he has gone from 3 reactine tablets (which only eased, didn't eliminate the scratching) to being drug free and scratch free. What changed? I took him of his dog food, and changed to a high grade food called canisource, the Herring Flavor. Most food allergies in dogs result from chicken, beef, grains and dairy. This is why I choose a fish source protein. This food is expensive, but so are trips to the vet. I also mix in boiled vegtables that I mash together. I use sweet potato, carrots, turnip and green beens. I make big boilers and freeze containers.

The vet doctor also suggested that I give him Omega 3 (seal oil) capsules for the inflammation that his allergies cause. His ears and anal glands become inflammed. He gets 3 in his breakfast and 3 in his supper. MOST fruits and vegtables are okay. Stay away from tomatoes, grapes, onions and a couple more..These are simple foods with only one ingredient and allergy friendly. My dog has pineapple for a snack at lunch time and an apple before bed. He is strong, healthly and his coat gleams. I am so glad to have found a way to cure him of his allergies. It didn't happen overnight, it won't and his cells have to regenerate. It took 3-4 months. Now that his allergies are under control, I can introduce one food at a time in small, consistent amounts for a couple of weeks to see if the allergies reappear. I have done so with both chicken which caused pretty much immediate scratching and with beef, that started his scratching after building up in his system after about a week. These were removed from his diet again and he is allergy free again. Next I will try cheese or peanut butter. Hope this helps someone else out there that is struggling to help their furry friend.


Posted by Lauren (Queens, US) on 09/17/2014

Hey EC....Guys....This site has always been there for me and so because of this, I am so happy to share my two cents which hopefully will help someone who has to watch their dog suffer through allergies. I own a cockapoo who is 7 years old. He has been suffering from allergies since he turned 3, however, as he is getting older, it's starting to get worse....his paws are almost black even though he is white so go figure...the worse was when recently I noticed that he had developed a hematoma in his left ear...he was in so much pain...the vet said that was because of the constant shaking of his head when he eats something that he is allergic to....now what bothered me is that I buy the best food for him....you name it I tried it...Blue, Orijen, Wellness etc....nothing worked...until finally, I found a food called Acana limited ingredients dog food. It's a food that is made in Canada with only the freshest ingredients and what amazed me is the ingredient list....I waited for at least six weeks to write this post just to be sure....update...my dog still scratches but....rarely and I am beyond happy...his paws are almost white again with only traces of black so go figure....The type of food I buy is pork with butternut squash. Try it guys and let me know if it works....Thanks for hearing me out....


Posted by Sharon (Panama City, Fl) on 12/28/2011

I have a rescue westie who is 8 and came to me with black skin, itching and ear infections. The vet said allergies. I know she has had a poor diet and poor care so I have put her on the California westie diet that is vitamin E, barley, missing link, dream coat xtra c. Mix with lamb and rice food. Has anyone tried this diet with your westie ? It's been a week noticed a little difference but still rubbing her face and scratching some. Any advice ? I have another westie who has never had any skin issues. Thanks.

Replied by Ecam
Paris, Tennessee
02/20/2012
[YEA]   I "inherited" a giant schnauzer 6 years ago. He was 3 at the time. He came to me with ears swollen and black inside, bleeding, scratching, etc. He's been a mess for years. We've done the allergy thing, the shampoos, the diet change, etc. After much research I determined his problem was a SEVERE yeast infection. My vet reluctantly prescribed him an oral anti-fungal.

I also started him on a RAW diet of venison, hardboiled egges, organic brown rice, and organic yogurt. He's like a different dog. I can't believe what has happened to him. He doesn't smell anymore, he doesn't itch, his ears aren't bothering him. When I bathe him - which is down from 2 x per week to once every 2 weeks - he doesn't have that nasty crusty black stuff on him. I'd recommend a raw diet to anyone. Just be careful of what you put in it. Stay away from anything starchy. I use organic brown rice so as to not put any gluten in his system. It's amazing.

Replied by Carolyn
Panama City, Fl
08/15/2012
I am interested in contacting Sharon from Panama City, FL as I live in the area and have a rescue Westie also who is 5 with skin problems we're working on. If you could give her my email address and see if she will contact me. Thanks.


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