what dog food wont make my dogs hair fall?

chunks of hair easily fall off her coat. dog scratches a lot.

Asked by Member 990045 on Jun 4th 2010 in Shedding
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This sounds like a food allergy. What kind of food is she eating? Try to find a dog food with Tapioca, which is a natural indgredient extracted from the root of the cassava plant. My dog, Buckeye, has severe food allegies and eats a dog food called Instinct Chicken Meal Formula. The second main ingredient is Tapioca. There are no known allergies to Tapioca, so I do reccomend that you find a food with it.

Avoid Beef, Dairy, Grains, Corn, some types of eggs and Wheat in dog treats and food. I also suggest taking her to a Vet checkup because they will find her give her medicine that should help. If it becomes severe, as it did for my dog, you may want to consider getting her allergy tested. You will get exact results on what she is allergic to. That way you can look out for ingredients that she is allergic to. My dog is extrememly allergic to rice, barley and wheat along with many other indgredients that he is only a little bit allergic to.

Good luck and we hope everything is okay

Buckeye answered on 6/4/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


There are a ton of issues which cause itching and hair loss in dogs and a food allergy is only one of them and is somewhat down on the list. In order to truly find out what is wrong with your dog you need to see a veterinarian for a diagnosis and not follow advice from the web. Some of these conditions are contagious to humans, such as ringworm and sarcoptic mange, another reason to check with your vet. Hair loss caused by food allergy normally follows a specific pattern and involves the dog's feet as well. And, just so you know how important a veterinarian's advice is... chicken is one of the most common dog food protein allergies, and beef is currently quite low as very few dog foods are made from beef anymore. A food allergy normally develops to a food the dog has been eating right along so if your dog's main protein source has been chicken, a dog food with chicken as its main ingredient will only make the problem worse. Pleas take your dog to your vet and follow their advice!

Member 641257 answered on 6/4/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Pamela       -    Adopted!!!!

Chunks of hair falling out is more than a food issue. It may be food or enviromental allergies, mange, fleas, thyroid problem. You need to see a Vet for a diagnosis first.

If it is food allergies, the best thing to do is a raw or home cooked diet with one meat source, sweet potatoes, zucchini. Very simple so you can see if he improves.

Pamela - Adopted!!!! answered on 6/4/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


If it is a food allergy, chances are you don't need some expensive, exotic food to relieve the problem. A different common brand without the ingredients your dog is allergic to is all it takes. I have a friend that solver her dog's allergy problems by switching from chicken based Pro plan to lamb based Iams.

The best thing is a vet check up and make sure it isn't some kind of parasites or something. No food will cure mange.

Aster answered on 6/4/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Toto, is right it can be anything causing this. We could all guess what it might be. It would be best to talk to your vet about doing a skin scrape to see if there is mites, bacteria, fleas or ticks on the body so external parasites, then internal, such as worms... there are various species of worms, internal bugs.
Once you clear up what he might find inside or outside then look to your foods. The only thing I can agree on with Aster, is you don't need an exotic food, whatever that means. You can feed raw that is a natural diet. But, as for Purina and Pedigreed they only sell foods full of grains and corns.
Yes, the no grain foods are more but alot of people/dogs like them and do extrememly well, most of my dogs could not eat a food with grains or fillers such as rice and flax. Dogfood com. can list meat first if they have less then 25% fillers. But, there is no way a com.can make 100% meat foods it wouldn't be money wise, thats why they use by products and fillers. :)

Dieta answered on 6/5/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer