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I believe my 3 yr. old Shep/hound mix dog is allergic to his food.  I changed from Beneful when he was about one yr. old, as I was told it was mostly fillers.  But, no allergic reaction to it.  I changed to Performatrin Chicken and Rice for quality.  He started scratching and chewing all over himself day and night, summer and winter.  Two days ago, I changed to Performatrin Ultra Grain-free (Salmon, Turkey and Duck).  So far, he is still scratching and chewing a lot!!  I also gave him one 25 mg. Benedryl tablet about an hour ago to see if that would help him.  Since, he wasn't allergic on Beneful Chicken, even with all the fillers, would it be all right to go back to that?  The other foods are terribly expensive, for me.  Could the purer foods be causing his allergic reaction and itchy skin?  I have also tried the sprays for allergic and dry skin on dogs.  They don't help.  He doesn't pull out his hair - just chews and scratches from his ears, to the back of his hind legs, and chest and belly.  My neighbor fed their dog Beneful all her life (18 yrs.), and she was very healthy until the end.  Any help or ideas?  I can't afford skin scraping at the Vets.

Hi Marian,

I think I just answered your other question. Only this time it looks like you are mentioning name brands.

Let me add to my answer then.

Beneful is one of the worst rated foods around. It is chocked full of unhealthy grains that will and does cause food allergies. Do NOT go back to this whatever you do.

Like I mentioned before, give this new food a chance for a while and add the things I mentioned in the other response. This will make a big difference.

You should notice that you will feed much less of the grain free foods. That means the bad will last longer and the "cost per feeding" will be equililent to the cheaper foods.

We did a study on the "cost per feeding" on Beneful and some other premium foods. The cost difference was within a penny or two per feeding.

But the big difference will be in vet bills and your dogs health. DO NOT go back to Beneful. That's what weakened his immune system to start all this.

Please read my first response and give him moist type foods when and if you can. They are so much better for him and his digestive system.

Let me know if there is anything else,



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