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Doggie Food Allergies

How do I know if my dog is sensitive to certain things like wheat and corn? If he seems fine, do I need to pay attention to that or can I get dog food and treats that are cheaper? Also, does organic matter when it comes to feeding my dog?
Lisa

Lisa,

The most common symptoms of food allergies are: chewing and licking of the feet, chronic ear infections, and scratching/itching.

The most common food ingredients that dogs are allergic to are: corn, wheat and soy.

Even if your dog does not show any allergic symptoms, dogs cannot readily digest corn, wheat or soy. It sits in the stomach and ferments. Sometimes it ferments to the point that it makes the dog nauseas and they throw up a yellow bile. Otherwise the only thing that happens when a dog eats corn, wheat or soy, is that it creates volumes of excess stool.

Corn, wheat and/or soy have relatively no nutritional value for the dog. It is a cheap filler. And remember, most of the lesser quality dog goods only use ingredients that are not fit for human consumption. So it is a useless, low quality ingredient.

Regardless of what you spend on your dry kibble or treats, read your ingredient panels and avoid corn, wheat, soy or any glutens.

As far as “organic”, in most cases organic ingredients are cost prohibitive. Some products have some organic ingredients in them but not all ingredients. At the moment, organic is not as available for our pets as it is for us.

Tina McCain

MerryMac Dog Training & Nutrition Center
Sprayberry Square Shopping Center
2550 Sandy Plains Road NE, Suite 365
Marietta, GA 30066
Phone: 770-579-3865

Fri, August 20 2010 » Ask the Expert, Care, Food & Nutrition, Health

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Molly

I am a three year old German Shepherd from South Georgia.  I don’t really have a favorite toy because my favorite things are sleeping and getting petted on the head. Although if I do get up some energy I will admit that I love getting into the trash to look for napkins.

My brother Teddy is lots of fun to play with, plus he usually takes the blame for my chewing.  I really like him for that!  I love to bark a lot; sometimes my humans do not appreciate that so much.  I am SUPER special because I am a white German Shepherd and that is not so common I hear.

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