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Question: I recently switched my dogs to a raw diet and they are itching. Could they be allergic to chicken?


I recently switched my 2 GSDs (a male, 3 years old & a female, 10 months) to a raw diet. It's been 3 weeks now. I have no issues w/poop, etc. Both love it. My 3 year old's teeth are already white again! And his coat is softer & shinier. I feel pretty confident in my meal prep, but I do have a question? Have you heard of dogs being allergic to chicken? I ask, because both are scratching like crazy, especially at night. Today I remembered that when I got the male, the breeder had him on a chicken based kibble. As a puppy he scratched & scratched (there's definitely no fleas), around 1 year old, I switched him to a bison based kibble & the itching/scratching went away. The female started on the bison so never had a scratching issue. Now that I'm feeding raw, and these past 3 weeks primarily chicken (just started to add pork to it) they both are itching?? If so, I don't think I can afford to feed raw. Where I live, Southern CA, there are no butchers & no hunters... unlike WI.


Cindy's Response:

Some dogs are sensitive to chicken but more often it's that the chicken has some additives in it that the dog may react to. Check the labels of the chicken you are purchasing, many of them have "added solution" in the ingredient list. I will only feed chicken that has no added solution.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Feeding a Raw Diet.

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This is just to let you know that my now 11 month old Cardigan Welsh Corgi has made a FULL RECOVERY from his elbow inflammation in the bone growth plate. I had purchased several of your herbal products, after discussion with my Vet, and followed your recommendations in the "pano" articles. I also used adult dose Benadryl per my Vet based on his body weight to help keep him a little quieter. He was crated and leashed walked a lot. I put a vest on him and took him swimming 3x per day, holding him in deep water and he just paddled, in the local lake for about 1 1/2 months, for safe exercise and to keep his energy level down (or try to). 

This all took about 3 months. He is now fine, happy and most important sound, but naughty, naughty, NAUGHTY! * I have some training questions to ask, but later. 

Thanks again for your sound advice. 

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