We met gorgeous Lemon in the summer of 2017. She had hot spots, hair loss and dry flaky skin. We started Lemon on Real Food For Dogs and a few months later her improvement was remarkable. Thank you Marcel and Liz for sharing your fur baby story and trusting us with her nutrition.
"Lemon is a one-year old Boston Terrier. She is full of energy and loves to play. Her favorite activity is playing fetch at the dog park. Although she is very energetic, she is also very smart and loves to learn new tricks! She can sit, shake, stay, beg, lay down, and roll over.
We got Lemon was she was 6 weeks old and fell in love with her immediately. She has brought so much joy to our lives and we can’t imagine our life without her. We got her a month before we got married, so she is very much a part of our family.
We love her because she is always excited to see us when we get home, she loves to snuggle, and she is always up for a road trip. She loves showing off her travels and adventures on her Instagram @lemonthebostonterrier.
Lemon’s allergies started right around the time she was 6 months old. We lived in TN at the time, and if we would take her outside for a 2-minute potty break or an hour at the dog park, she would break out on her belly, ears, face, and back with red bumps. She would scratch and itch non-stop, creating scabs.
It was heart breaking to see our beautiful puppy with these bumps and scabs. She seemed to get no relief. That’s when we started to research allergies specific to her breed and we came across a lot of people talking about the food they fed their dogs.
Food allergies in dogs
Any breed of dog at any age can develop allergies. Itchy skin, excessive licking, scratching, vomit and diarrhea are common symptoms of allergies. Only 10% of the time allergies are food related and the most common allergens are ingredients usually found in commercial dog food. Balanced homemade diets are a good alternative to dog food allergies when using natural and fresh ingredients. Real and unprocessed food helps to boost your dog's immune system and a strong immune system aids on fighting all type of allergies!
Dogs show allergic symptoms when their immune systems begin to recognize certain substances -or allergens- as dangerous. A variety of skin, digestive and respiratory symptoms may appear. Any dog can develop allergies at any time during its life, but allergic reactions seem to be especially common in Terriers, Setters, Retrievers, and flat-faced breeds such as Pugs, Bulldogs and Boston terriers.
The general symptoms of allergy are:
• Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
• Increased scratching
• Itchy, runny eyes
• Itchy back or base of tail (most commonly flea allergy)
• Itchy ears and ear infections
• Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
• Paw chewing/swollen paws
• Constant licking
Food allergies account for about 10% of all the allergies seen in dogs. It is the third most common cause after fleabite allergies and atopy (inhalant allergies). However, food causes 20% of itching and scratching symptoms in dogs.
There is a distinction between food allergies and food intolerances. Food allergies are true allergies and show the characteristic symptoms of itching and skin problems. Food intolerances can result in diarrhea or vomiting.
The most common offenders in dogs are processed beef, chicken, lamb, fish and eggs, food fillers like corn, wheat, and soy, and dairy products.
About the author
Giselle Baba was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and adopted Dallas as her home since 2013. She is a certified Companion Animal Nutritionist from Southern Illinois University and the founder and president of Real Food For Dogs. She holds a MBA from the University of Barcelona, a Master in Marketing, a Master in Management, and a Bachelors in Advertising. She also has over 15 years of experience in business and marketing with Fortune 100 global companies.