How to Test for a Food Allergy & Finding High Quality Dog Food #WeBelieveinNB

Posted on Feb 14 2017 - 10:32pm by Susan Bewley

Are you worried your dog has a food allergy or sensitivity? Learn how we tested for a food allergy with our vet's recommendations & finding the right food here!

Have you ever wondered if your dog has a sensitive tummy or a food allergy? When we first got Ivi, we thought were feeding our girls a high quality food. While I won’t go into the brand, it was very highly recommended in the malamute community and so many people made a huge deal about how the food used a single source protein and was great for growing large puppies. It wasn’t until our little Ivi puppy started having serious tummy issues that we got worried. It wasn’t until we tried a Natural Balance® Limited Ingredients Diet food that our tummy trouble ended, starting the grand search of what was wrong with our sweet little puppy at the time.

Dog Allergies: Protein Test

So, how did we determine that our sweet Ivi had an allergy? One of the things that truly shocked us the most was that while our veterinarian is amazing (I can’t say enough good things about him), we found out from him that pet nutrition is not something most vets focus on in school. In fact, they only have one very short class or seminar!? Don’t get me wrong, his honesty meant the world for us, and his major advice was to start with a single source protein food or make our own food for a few days to see which food upset her stomach.

After doing some research on the topic, we bought ground beef, ground chicken, and ground turkey, deciding to go from there since these were the common proteins used in her puppy food. To our worry, nothing happened for the first two weeks and Ivi seemed like a happy, excited puppy who was just happy her butt wasn’t stopping her fun. It wasn’t until we tried the ground turkey that we knew we had a winner in the allergy/sensitivity lottery.

Dog Allergies: Allergy Test

To our surprise, our vet didn’t recommend doing an allergy test first. He said the best tests could take 4 – 6 weeks to get back (the ones that were the most cost effective for a non-dangerous allergy), so he recommended that we do the test after we had a suspected allergy. There was no reason to let the puppy suffer when there were faster answers. Since allergy tests are a big discussion on their own, check back with us for more discussion of dog allergy tests in the near future!

Are you worried your dog has a food allergy or sensitivity? Learn how we tested for a food allergy with our vet's recommendations & finding the right food here!

Dog Allergies: Finding the Right Foods

Once we knew Ivi had an allergy, the hard part was finding the right high quality food for our malamute puppy. What I will say was very enlightening was learning what were premium quality ingredients and what was just advertising trying to claim that their dog food was a high quality food. For example, so many foods say that they are made from a single source protein (let’s say bison), and once you flip over the bag, you see very quickly that it contains other proteins! I mean, who expects a Bison food (that is quite expensive at that) to contain ground turkey and poultry meal?

So what food do we feed our girls? I am happy to say that our preferred food in this household, since Ivi was a small puppy, is Natural Balance’s Limited Ingredients Diet! After researching quite a few high quality foods, we found that Natural Balance had the best premium quality ingredients with simple formulas that lead to healthy digestion in dogs like ours with allergies.

What I recently learned about Natural Balance that made me even happier is that they have nutrition experts available to answer any questions about their food. Unlike other brands, they understand that there isn’t a one size fits all food for all dogs. For example, I have never had a malamute that doesn’t get bored with her food. To help answer questions about their food and what is best for their unique nutritional needs and tastes, Natural Balance has nutritional experts available to answer questions using their Help Me Choose Tool, email, or our favorite, live chat. Each of these experts are Veterinary Technicians with a degree in Animal Health Science. In other words, they can answer just about any question when it comes to pet nutrition and your pets own unique needs.

Would you like to try Natural Balance for yourself? With their Natural Balance Buy With Confidence Promise® it really is risk-free for dog parents and we are certain your dogs will love it just as much as ours. Ivi, Rylie, and I believe in Natural Balance, do you?

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17 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Dotty J Boucher February 15, 2017 at 8:54 am - Reply

    I didn’t even know that dogs could have such allergies but I am so glad you all figured it out and that she is happy now.

  2. Barbara February 15, 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

    One of my dogs’ fur was falling out. I thought he had mange, but it ended up being a food allergy. The other one had repeated ear infections, which the vet also said could be food allergies. Both are on grain-free food now and all is well! Luckily it wasnt a protein for them.

  3. Darcy Koch February 17, 2017 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Sorry about your dog. I am very thankful my dog has never had an allergy.

    • Susan Bewley February 18, 2017 at 12:17 am - Reply

      Luckily it was a pretty minor allergy and Ivi is still pretty happy and healthy!

  4. Margaret Appel February 17, 2017 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    We had a poodle/maltese rescue that had a skin problem & couldn’t seem to stop itching. The vet suggested benadryl but it didn’t help. We tried different pet foods but nothing seemed to work. We ended up making food from scratch for him. Wish we had heard about this brand, it might have saved him a lot of itching! Thanks for the review 🙂

  5. rochelle haynes February 18, 2017 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Thanks for the info will pass it to my friend who has a dog

  6. Vicki Wurgler February 18, 2017 at 7:51 am - Reply

    that was interesting I did not know dogs had allergies

  7. Michelle Elizondo February 18, 2017 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Oh wow, what a great resource for us to know about.

  8. Geri Sandoval February 18, 2017 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    I’ve never tested my dogs for food allergies. This is a great post, thanks for the information.

  9. Brandi Cramer February 18, 2017 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Our dog has a food alergy. It was hard to determine what exactly he was reacting to. This has lots of great info!

  10. April Monty February 19, 2017 at 1:07 am - Reply

    Great advice here and it’s hard to figure out if they have allergies without knowing what to look for

  11. Susan Hartman February 19, 2017 at 9:36 am - Reply

    I had a poor fox terrier years ago with a lot of allergies. Its great if you can change diet and get results.

  12. roselle-mendoza February 19, 2017 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Even dogs have allergy… Its how amazing the creation of God.

  13. Tina F February 19, 2017 at 10:23 am - Reply

    My moms dog has allergies and thank goodness she figured it out quite quickly. Glad you guys did as well.

  14. Sara February 19, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Theses animals are beautiful

  15. Mia February 19, 2017 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Interesting choices for dogs with allergies. I am glad that there are food choices available.

  16. Kimberly Flickinger February 23, 2017 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    My doxies do not have food allergies, but this is good to know.

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