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Itchy Pet? Food Allergies May be to Blame

By PetcoBlogger on Feb. 7, 2017

Food allergies account for 10–15% of all allergies in dogs and cats.  Learn about symptoms, the most common food allergens, and what to do if your dog or cat has a food allergy using the infographic below. 

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‎09-23-2015 12:10 AM
My cat has been scratching , throwing up ,and a twitchy back like something is biting her she's always hungry and thirsty even if I just gave her water She would Want more . What do I do? Please help me help my cat.
My cat has been scratching , throwing up ,and a twitchy back like something is biting her she's always hungry and thirsty even if I just gave her water She would Want more . What do I do? Please help me help my cat.
Posted on Sep. 23, 2015
by Community Manager
‎09-23-2015 05:15 AM

Hi there. Welcome to the community and thank you for your question; we suggest that you call your veterinarian immediately for a check-up. If you do not have a vet, you can call your local Petco and see if it offers veterinary services. You can find the number to your local store here: www.petco.com/locator. Please come back and let us know how it goes! 

Hi there. Welcome to the community and thank you for your question; we suggest that you call your veterinarian immediately for a check-up. If you do not have a vet, you can call your local Petco and see if it offers veterinary services. You can find the number to your local store here: www.petco.com/locator. Please come back and let us know how it goes! 

Posted on Sep. 23, 2015
by Heather
‎09-23-2015 06:44 PM

We've been testing new foods to combat allergies. I've also started using NuVet Pet Supplements to help and I feel like we are finally making headway. www.nuvet.com/78113 Smiley Happy

We've been testing new foods to combat allergies. I've also started using NuVet Pet Supplements to help and I feel like we are finally making headway. www.nuvet.com/78113 Smiley Happy

Posted on Sep. 23, 2015
by MorganG
‎10-07-2015 12:30 PM

 When we adopted our second dog a couple years ago, he was SO itchy. Scratched CONSTANTLY. We had no idea why. I went into Petco and told one of the associates there of the problem. He asked what I was feeding him and at the time, I was feeding just something from Costco that a vet tech friend recommended. He said that it could be allergies and we should put him on a grain-free diet. He recommended a grain-free, limited ingredient dog food and it was like night and day! It also helped our other dog stop shedding as much, too. What dogs eat can have a real affect on them and I've seen it with my own eyes. We also give him an additional allergy pill as an extra precaution. He does still scratch, but it's normal scratches here and there that any dog would get. 

 When we adopted our second dog a couple years ago, he was SO itchy. Scratched CONSTANTLY. We had no idea why. I went into Petco and told one of the associates there of the problem. He asked what I was feeding him and at the time, I was feeding just something from Costco that a vet tech friend recommended. He said that it could be allergies and we should put him on a grain-free diet. He recommended a grain-free, limited ingredient dog food and it was like night and day! It also helped our other dog stop shedding as much, too. What dogs eat can have a real affect on them and I've seen it with my own eyes. We also give him an additional allergy pill as an extra precaution. He does still scratch, but it's normal scratches here and there that any dog would get. 

Posted on Oct. 7, 2015
by KarenS
‎10-11-2015 03:57 PM

 Who knew cats could have food allergies? I just thought they were picky. In my case, I think that's all it ever was. In any case, I've tried to find them a healthy diet they like (no ash), and so far, so good.

 Who knew cats could have food allergies? I just thought they were picky. In my case, I think that's all it ever was. In any case, I've tried to find them a healthy diet they like (no ash), and so far, so good.

Posted on Oct. 11, 2015
by alicia
‎11-26-2015 07:02 PM

My elder cat is 18 years old. I have brought her to the vet time after time because she vomits al the time. The vets prescibed her special food, but she still vomits. I have spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars trying to help her. Does anyone have any suggestions?

My elder cat is 18 years old. I have brought her to the vet time after time because she vomits al the time. The vets prescibed her special food, but she still vomits. I have spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars trying to help her. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Posted on Nov. 26, 2015
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‎12-01-2015 06:55 PM
I have two dogs and they both been scratching alot here lately what should I do.
I have two dogs and they both been scratching alot here lately what should I do.
Posted on Dec. 1, 2015
by
‎12-01-2015 08:18 PM

Hello there and welcome to the community! Sorry to hear your dogs have been scratching and itching. How long has this been going on? There's a great pet care article you should check out if you haven't already. It offers some tips to help your dogs: check it out. 

It goes without saying, however if you have any immediate health concerns regarding the itching, we suggest taking them in to see a vet for a proper diagnosis. They'd be able to offer you better insight as well as provide you with a plan to help treat your fur babies. 

Hello there and welcome to the community! Sorry to hear your dogs have been scratching and itching. How long has this been going on? There's a great pet care article you should check out if you haven't already. It offers some tips to help your dogs: check it out. 

It goes without saying, however if you have any immediate health concerns regarding the itching, we suggest taking them in to see a vet for a proper diagnosis. They'd be able to offer you better insight as well as provide you with a plan to help treat your fur babies. 

Posted on Dec. 1, 2015
by
‎01-09-2016 01:52 AM
I had this same prob with my dog she would scratch to the point where she would whimper n bleed she had scratches n a rash all over her. We switched her food to ROYAL CANINE n what a difference!!!!! No rash no scratching.
I had this same prob with my dog she would scratch to the point where she would whimper n bleed she had scratches n a rash all over her. We switched her food to ROYAL CANINE n what a difference!!!!! No rash no scratching.
Posted on Jan. 9, 2016
by Cat momma
‎01-16-2016 04:46 AM
Both of my cats are allergic to all poultry. One gets terribly itchy and the other gets chronic diarrhea. It is very challenging to find food without any poultry. Must read labels very carefully. The brands we are using are: Origens Regional Red, Evangers Meat Lovers Medley, Petguard Beef and Barley, Pride Rockstar Rabbit, Pride Lovebug Lamb, and ZiwiPeak venison. We cannot even give them food or treats with poultry flavor or chicken fat because they react to it. Must read labels very carefully.
Both of my cats are allergic to all poultry. One gets terribly itchy and the other gets chronic diarrhea. It is very challenging to find food without any poultry. Must read labels very carefully. The brands we are using are: Origens Regional Red, Evangers Meat Lovers Medley, Petguard Beef and Barley, Pride Rockstar Rabbit, Pride Lovebug Lamb, and ZiwiPeak venison. We cannot even give them food or treats with poultry flavor or chicken fat because they react to it. Must read labels very carefully.
Posted on Jan. 16, 2016
by fritzeflink
‎01-30-2016 10:52 PM

Do a test! My cat was allergic and I went to the regular vet who said he had no idea what to do than to an ophtamologist, who could not find anything wrong with her eyes and then a dermatologist who did expensive tests and wanted to put her on a rabbit diet. All in all I spend about 1500$ and she cot constipated because she did not want to eat rabbit.

All was useless, then I found a new veterinarian who recommended an allergy test for 300$ and that test told me exactly what she was allergic against. Turned out, Rabbit was one of the things!

Now I have her on an allergen free diet and with the help of a low steroid doese every day shoe is OK. Had I not done the test I would have struggled with wrong food without ever knowing what the culprit was.

So go, get the test!

 

Do a test! My cat was allergic and I went to the regular vet who said he had no idea what to do than to an ophtamologist, who could not find anything wrong with her eyes and then a dermatologist who did expensive tests and wanted to put her on a rabbit diet. All in all I spend about 1500$ and she cot constipated because she did not want to eat rabbit.

All was useless, then I found a new veterinarian who recommended an allergy test for 300$ and that test told me exactly what she was allergic against. Turned out, Rabbit was one of the things!

Now I have her on an allergen free diet and with the help of a low steroid doese every day shoe is OK. Had I not done the test I would have struggled with wrong food without ever knowing what the culprit was.

So go, get the test!

 

Posted on Jan. 30, 2016
by Gloriasong
‎02-18-2016 01:25 AM

in such cases, you may also like a humidifier http://choosehumidifier.com/top-3-best-humidifiers-for-allergies/ , especially if you add special aroma oil

in such cases, you may also like a humidifier http://choosehumidifier.com/top-3-best-humidifiers-for-allergies/ , especially if you add special aroma oil

Posted on Feb. 18, 2016
by Misha Kr
‎06-02-2017 06:30 PM

I think one of the best ways to get rid of allergies for the pets is to get an air purifier for pets. You may like to see http://www.airgreenclean.com/best-air-purifier-for-pets/ to remove pollutants that cause allergies. 

I think one of the best ways to get rid of allergies for the pets is to get an air purifier for pets. You may like to see http://www.airgreenclean.com/best-air-purifier-for-pets/ to remove pollutants that cause allergies. 

Posted on Jun. 2, 2017
by Alex S
‎07-12-2017 11:47 PM

Even my dog is allergic to dairy products and I didn’t know that until the vet told me. He was always itching and scratching and it was so difficult for me to see him in that condition. Thanks to the vet. He suggested me a dog food for allergy that I purchased from Planet Pet. My dog really likes it and there’s no sign of any sickness. However, I still ensure not to feed him any kind of dairy product.

Even my dog is allergic to dairy products and I didn’t know that until the vet told me. He was always itching and scratching and it was so difficult for me to see him in that condition. Thanks to the vet. He suggested me a dog food for allergy that I purchased from Planet Pet. My dog really likes it and there’s no sign of any sickness. However, I still ensure not to feed him any kind of dairy product.

Posted on Jul. 12, 2017
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