Food Allergies

Though different types of allergy overlap each other, food allergies typically begin in young under one-year of age, and in elderly animals. When an animal has a food allergy, the areas affected are the ears, rears, and feet. If an animal is licking its feet, scratching its ears and dragging their fanny; food allergies is at least part of the problem.


Animals that have food allergies must be switched to a different protein food. Changing to a lamb and rice or turkey and rice is a good start and available in most dog food brands. Animals with severe food allergy need a limited specific diet. The animals must be strictly on a limited diet for food and treats for a good two months before you see results though improvement in three weeks is not unusual. The animal cannot have anything but the diet and non-protein treats, so that means no table food, pig’s ears, rawhides or anything of that sort while trying to control food allergies.

As with other allergies, excess licking can occur and can causes skin infections from secondary bacteria, yeast or fungi. Your pet may need antibiotics and antifungals for 30 days to eliminate the infections and allow the skin to recover. For problem cases Prednisone is added to get the itch under control.


  • Pramoxine anti-itch spray will help local area irritation.
  • Doc Roy's® DERMA COAT PLUS with Omega 3 & 6 helps promote optimal skin health and resistance to allergy itch.
  • Doc Roy's® TRI OMEGA 3 has anti-inflammatory affects and is often used as a natural treatment for 30 days to decrease the itch.
  • It is helpful to bathe the dog twice a week with VET BASICS® ChlorConazole Shampoo for about 2-3 weeks to help soothe the skin and counter infection.
  • Doc Roy's® RESCUE DERM is all natural and non-greasy; so great to treat feet of house dogs without spotting furniture or carpet! RESCUE DERM is helpful with skin healing and rejuvenation between toes and pads.

The constant licking caused by food allergy drives people crazy as well as their pets. Often pollen and contact allergy is complicated with food allergy and must all be treated together to gain control. By limiting the allergens in food and treating pollen allergy you can gain control of the allergy season itch-scratch problems!

If you need help, call us at 1-800-786-4751.

-Dr. B
Don Bramlage, DVM, Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health

The materials, information and answers provided through this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of a qualified veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian for answers to specific medical questions, including diagnosis, treatment, therapy or medical attention.

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