Orijen dog food and allergies? An itchy dog needs relief... and so do I.
My dog has generalized itching. It's not the first time, but it's different than before because before she responded very nicely to adding fish oil to her diet.
It's been going on for a bit of time, and I'm beginning to wonder about her food. We feed her Orijen (I think it's the Regional Red, right now). For the first year we had her she was on Taste of the Wild, and did well on that, but I got spooked by the recalls so we switched. I truly cannot remember this onset of itching in relation to switching to this food, but it's close enough that it makes me wonder.
I'm loathe to waste the rest of this $$ bag, but I owe it to her (and us!) to try and alleviate her itching.
If she is (possibly) allergic to this, what else should I try? Of course the scientist in me wants to feed no food until itching ceases and then gradually add food back in, but... clearly that is a TERRIBLE idea in real life :)
A raw diet is not long-term realistic in this household, but could be done short-term. And, if she is allergic to the Orijen, how long would it take for it to get out of her system to rule it in/out as an allergy?
I had an appointment with the vet, but had to cancel because I was sick. And, quite honestly, the vet tech on the phone suggested Benadryl (which made zero difference in the itching) and then started throwing around the idea of long-term steroids which I am LOATHE to try. So, before spending the money on a vet visit, I thought I should try this.
And, any other suggestions would be most welcome! And I'm happy to explain any unclear points or other things we've tried.