I adopted my Delaney, som at the age of 7 1/2 from a shelter and after her prolonged experience in the shelter, tried to give her the most nutritious dog food I could find in the store. She immediately became sick with gas and diarrhea. She was also itchy and purply-red skin on her back.
Fortunately, my neighbor, a vet, diagnosed her with food allergies. She said the most common food allergies are chicken and gluten.
Since then I have been feeding her a dry food without those common allergens and am making sure that Delaney only gets treats that are also chicken and gluten-free. It is important to make sure that all the food your dog eats in not on the restricted list! (I gave out baggies of the ‘right’ treats to the dog walker, the dog’s “auntie” and I carry them with me in the car!) Yes, I have even fished unknown foods from Delaney’s mouth that she tried to scarf down on walks in the park.
She is much improved. Her skin has healed and she does not scratch or has loose stools.
I thank you so much for your great nutrition advice on this website. I have been studying up on the gluten-free issues for dogs and have started my own blog: A Gluten Free Dog.com. You are welcome to visit when the blog is up and running!