Food Sensitivities: A Tale of Woe

September 6, 2014

I want to share with all of you that we fed both of our dogs the grain-free 4Health Salmon Dog Food that is sold only at Tractor Supply for several weeks. For the first month, all was well. The ingredients list was the same as that of a much pricier brand that they previously ate, and we felt it was a safe switch to make in order to save a great deal of money. Our fur kids go through 40 lbs. of pet food a month, and every dollar helps!

I reviewed the 4Health Grain-Free Salmon Dog Food on this website at the time we made the switch and promised to provide updates for readers.  Here is my update:

Food sensitivities plague our dog. Gator


Something in this food caused a major skin eruption on Gator. Given his history of food sensitivities, I wasn’t terribly surprised, just disappointed.  But a few days later Maggie, who never has been sensitive to any food and seemed to have a cast-iron tummy, developed a measles-like rash all over her body.


Hot Spot Caused by Food Sensitivity Hot Spot on Gator


Both dogs itched and scratched constantly. Low doses of Prednisone and Benadryl stopped the itching, and the redness has faded to pink. Gator’s hot spots have mostly healed, and the fur is growing in to cover them. Another week and both dogs should return to normal.

Meanwhile, Gator and Maggie are back to eating Natural Balance Duck & Potato Grain-Free, and Jim and I are breathing easier.

SONY DSCMaggie Before the Rash

There may be nothing at all wrong with the 4Health Dog Food, but I feel that I must share this experience with all of you readers.

The moral to this: A bargain is not always a bargain! Buy the best food your budget allows for your dogs and cats.

The only food change I anticipate in Maggie’s future is to a new holistic brand just launched. More about that one next week!

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Margie DiGiovanni September 6, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Thank you for continuing the discussion on this dog food. I have used Natural Balance wet foods for my pups and have had great results. I also use, as a dry food, Rachel Ray’s Nutrisse (Nutrish) sp, and have been very happy with the results. As a break and to help my shih tzu/cairn mix, Little Bit, with her tendency toward having bladder stones, I’ve made up the boiled chicken, potatoes, rice, green peas, and carrots diet, which both dogs love. One big point to make with this particular diet is that it DOES NOT provide magnesium for the dogs. Using a Tums tablet once day in their diet provides all the magnesium they require. Grind it up to a powder and mix with the food to serve easily. Keep up the good work! Our pups and kits depend on your information provided to the public!


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