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How can you tell if your hound has food allergies? My galga, scratches and does those"little flea bites" to herself a lot. I constantly check her for fleas but don't see any! I'm thinking it must be an allergy of some sort?

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Maddy did that one spring / summer. Since she was white, I could tell she didn't have fleas. We switched to a grain free food and that took care of it. Switched back to her regular food in the fall and she was fine. I figured it must have been something seasonal, but switching food made just enough difference.

 

We feed all of ours grain free now since it's so inexpensive at Costco.

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at the bridge Molly (CM Blondie) 9/8/14, Maddy (Reuniting) 10/17/13, Rocky (Ranco Popeye) 1/7/12, Mimi (Flying Ringneck) 8/13/09 and RJ (RJ What For) 5/3/05

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I think the only way to tell is the elimination process. Charley sometimes does the "flea bite" thing, and I know she doesn't have fleas. She also has a gurgley tummy sometimes, and gas (but no smell! I know, odorless greyhound gas, call Ripley's Believe or not) I have found one small add-in in her food that seems to be the difference so I guess I'll be leaving it out. Start with any treats or add-ins, and go from there.

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It may be an allergy - but not necessarily a food allergy. Has she been on this food for a while with no issues? If so - I'd look at environmental or seasonal allergies. Where is she itching/biting? You could try to give her benadryl for a couple days - and if that works - I'd guess seasonal or environmental. Food allergies are really hard to pin down - envirnmental - not so hard.

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