Allergies In Dogs

Judge rules against prescription dog food companies

Rewards 12.5 Million judgement

Allergies should be considered a national epidemic! How many pet owners talk about their dog’s skin issues!? It is one of the number one causes of a trip to the vet.

Symptoms include:dog scratching

  • constant licking and scratching
  • itchy, runny eyes
  • chronic ear infections
  • scabs and the all too common, ‘hot spots’
  • runny, soft stools
  • chewing paws
  • itchy back and base of tail(common in flea allergies)
  • dull coat, scaly skin, excessive shedding

What causes allergies?

This is an immune system reaction to any common protein. The body sees these as dangerous and produces a series of chemicals to neutralize the perceived threat. Histamines cause the runny eyes and skin reactions common in allergic reactions. Some allergies can even be life threatening as airways close down and the throat tightens. Even   small amounts of allergens can cause dramatic reactions in the body. The whole body responds to allergens, not just the skin. Effects can be seen in the lungs, blood vessels and the digestive tract.

Only 10% of allergies are due to foods.   The most common cause of allergies in dogs is fleas, followed by inhaled allergens and contact dermatitis. Allergies can be seasonal and happen at any age.

Common allergies are to:

  • fleas
  • tree, grass, weed pollen
  • mold spores
  • dust and dust mites
  • feathers
  • cigarette smoke
  • drugs
  • perfumes
  • cleaning supplies
  • fabrics, plastics and rubber

If your dog is experiencing irritable bowel disease, chronic burping and or a noisy tummy along with chronic skin, ear or foot infections, the chances are he is suffering from a food intolerance, not an allergy. Food intolerances happen in the gut only but effect the way nutrients are absorbed in the body. It is not an immune system event. Intolerances can develop over time and are not as immediate as true allergic responses.

The skin, lungs and kidneys are the major detoxifying organs in the body. If the body is exposed to a variety of toxins, it becomes overwhelmed and out of balance. The immune system over reacts to common proteins and symptoms develop. This is why allergies can effect the whole body.

So the number one thing we can do is to keep the body in balance and prevent overtaxing our defense systems. 

Here are some suggestions:dog bathing allergy

  • Avoid over vaccination
  • Keep pets off freshly mowed or fertilized lawns
  • Rinse feet off after playing in grass
  • Vaccume rugs and floors
  • Change air filters regularly
  • Bathe regularly with oatmeal or aloe, chemical free shampoos
  • Comb and brush to remove dust and pollen
  • Keep water dishes and bowls clean – do not use plastic feeding or water bowls!
  • Limit exposure to antibiotics, steroids and antihistamines

Help from the inside:

Although some foods can be a trigger in a small percentage of allergies, a good diet helps build and balance the immune system so that it can be effective in managing allergens.

Feed a diet of anti-oxidant rich fresh meats, fruits and vegetables. Kibble is dehydrating and hard for the kidneys and liver to process. It also dries out the skin. Most commercial dog foods are loaded with chemical preservatives, colors and other artificial ingredients.

Add omega 3 fatty acids to help decrease inflammation. Commercial foods are cooked at high temperatures which destroy these healthy fatty acids.

Probiotics help keep the digestive and therefore, the immune system in top with veggie platter - allergies

A whole food based diet is easier to digest and contains a natural source of vitamins and minerals. These foods help keep the body clean on the inside and prevent chronic inflammation to stress the immune system.

Health always comes from the inside out. Keep the body in balance and reduce your trips to the vet!

As a chiropractor for both people and animals, I have a unique perspective on health and healing. Health is not merely an absence of symptoms. Covering symptoms with drugs and lotions, only drives disease deeper. You wouldn’t spray paint over your oil light indicator in your car, why cover allergy symptoms with drugs and medications. Help your dog’s body be as truly healthy as it can be by feeding a diet rich in natural, unprocessed foods and keeping his environment clean and free of chemicals and drugs.

Watch your dog’s skin bloom with proper care on the inside and on the outside!


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The use of Presciption dog food is one of my pet peeves and shows that the
phrase “Marketing over Mother Nature’ holds true.
If you are a dog owner, you may have heard about the class action suit
against prescription dog foods. Hills, Science Diet, Royal Canin and Purina
are some of the brands that are accused of misleading consumers and
veterinarians about the benefits and ingredients of their products. The
lawsuit claims that:

  • these companies charge premium prices for prescription dog foods that are not significantly different from regular dog foods. In fact, they are made in the same facilities, using the same suppliers as low-quality grocery store brands like Alpo and Beneful.
  • they do not have any scientific evidence to support their claims of treating or preventing various health conditions in dogs. They are not made in facilities that follow traditional drug manufacturing protocols.
  • that these companies have violated consumer protection laws and engaged in false advertising.

The class action suit was filed in 2019 by a group of dog owners who purchased prescription dog foods from these brands for their pets. They are seeking refunds, damages and an injunction to stop the companies from selling prescription dog foods without proper authorization and
. The suit is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Prescription dog foods are supposed to be specially formulated to address specific health issues in dogs, such as kidney disease, diabetes, allergies, obesity and more. However, according to the lawsuit, these products are not
regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any other agency,
 and they do not require a prescription from a veterinarian to be sold.

The lawsuit claims that these companies have exploited this loophole to market their products as prescription dog foods, even though they are not approved or tested by any authority.

This suit also accuses these companies of using low-quality ingredients and fillers in their prescription dog foods, such as corn, wheat, soy, by-products and artificial colors and flavors. These ingredients may not only be ineffective for treating or preventing health conditions in dogs, but they may also cause adverse reactions and allergies in some dogs. The lawsuit cites several examples of dogs that suffered from health problems after
consuming prescription dog foods from these brands, such as vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, skin infections, kidney failure and death.

The lawsuit seeks to hold these companies accountable for their deceptive and unlawful practices, and to provide compensation and relief to the dog owners who have been harmed by them. It also aims to protect the public interest and the welfare of dogs by ensuring that prescription dog foods are properly regulated and labeled, and that consumers and veterinarians are informed about their benefits and risks.

Please be aware that the FDA does not review or verify the health claims on any veterinary diet.

Take a close look at the ingredient list and ask your vet for evidence that the foods in the prescription diet are any better than most regular diets. Also please keep in mind that while your vet has the best intentions, they get little or no nutrition training and often what little training they do get comes from the very companies that are named in these lawsuits. 

Ultra processed foods made with poor quality ingredients are not what your dog needs if they are suffering from an illness. Give your dog a fighting chance with fresh, quality foods for a long and healthy life. 

This lawsuit was settled in July of 2021. Hills Pet Food paid $12.5 million to participants.

Is it any wonder that here at Lucky Dog Cuisine we believe wholeheartedly “Fresh is Better”
The food we send your dog is the exact same food we feed our own beloved pack. 


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