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Old October 22nd, 2013, 12:02 PM
momoftwofuzzies momoftwofuzzies is offline
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Could my dog be allergic to sweet potatoes?

I have one dog who has pretty significant skin allergies (or at least they seem so to me; I hate to see him scratching so much). He is a Lasa-Westie, and I know Westies often have skin issues. I switched him to Natural Balance as I was advised it was a good brand for dogs with allergies. Now he seems to be even more itchy and from doing some research it seems sweet potato can cause allergies (because of the hormones in them?). Has anyone else found their dog to have sweet potato allergies? I'm going to have to try switching to another brand, thinking of Merrick. I stay away from chicken as well as I know some small dogs have issues with it.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 01:40 PM
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My current dog has a potato allergy, and certainly they can also be allergic to SP.

My old GSD couldn't tolerate any type of starchy vegetable or carb.

Allergies and sensitivies are so difficult. This one here is also allergic to pea protein.
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 11:45 AM
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I really don't see what difference it makes if someone else's dog is allergic to sweet potatoes. What you need to know is what is your dog allergic to. That's what a visit to a Dermatology Vet for allergy testing might help you determine. Otherwise it's just guessing. Probably not cheap, unfortunately.

Are you even sure it is a food allergy? In my readings it's more common to have environmental allergies than food. My boy's environmental allergies are seasonal, pollens and grasses, so at least he can go off his meds in winter.

Good luck, it's awful to see them in misery.
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 12:16 PM
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Just wondering if it was possible. Sheesh.
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 12:44 PM
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Definitely seems possible to me.
An allergy test, if your budget can afford it seems like a wise move to me.
Good luck
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 06:00 PM
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If you feel comfortable, try switching to raw - that may help determine if food allergies are at play. It seems most dogs/cats that have food sensitivities do just fine in the raw version of it
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