Our dog battles allergies...and I've been trying to deny they are food related...mostly because they seem to have been worse in spring and fall and are more mild now but I've learned from a friend (who also has a pet with food allergies and this is what her vet told her) that her frequent yeast infections in her ears could also be a food allergy symptom. We already feed her a high quality grain free food - Fromm Surf & Turf. It has 5 stars on Dog Food Advisor so that's why I gravitated to it over the the other Fromm varieties which all seem to be 4 stars.
Why I'm starting to think it must be food related rather than seasonal -
It's winter. It's been cold enough consistently enough in Georgia that we aren't experiencing any new growth anywhere, most everything has gone dormant for the winter or is in the process of going dormant.
She's had countless yeast infections this year. At first I thought they were related to our lake trips, baths, and other dogs chewing on her ears when they play...but we haven't had a bath or a swim in the lake in months and she has infections in both ears out of nowhere.
She's still licking her paws...although not as much as she was in the spring or fall. In the fall she licked one paw so much she licked all the hair off and we finally had to put her on medication to help. We had her on meds for nearly two months before they ran out and we tried to see what would happen now that it's colder and less allergens are out in the air.
So anyway, I'm really frustrated. I feel like we're giving her a top dog food brand, it's grain free and I understand grain is usually the culprit with food allergies so now I don't know what to do. Does anyone else still battle allergies with their dog while they were on a grain free diet and did switching food brands help? If so, what were on and what food did you switch to? Is wet food better than dry? She's a pretty high energy dog and we go for runs three times a week in addition to our other playtime activities (soccer and Frisbee) and walks so I'm not suppperr worried I guess about her getting overweight. She's young and highly active, not a couch potato.