Common Triggers For Dogs

Dog skin allergies have become way too common among all breeds today, so you might be wondering what are the most common triggers you might want to avoid as much as possible?

  • Wheat
  • Chicken
  • Dairy
  • Beef
  • Eggs
  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Chemical Loaded Pet Care Products
  • Pollen
  • House Dust
  • Home Cleaning Products

If you are like me you might be surprised to see chicken and beef as possible triggers, so what should you look for in pet food instead of these ingredients?

  • Grain-Free
  • Salmon
  • Duck
  • Bison
  • Natural Ingredients You Can Pronounce

What are some of the best pet foods to try?

  • Taste Of The Wild Grain-Free
  • Blue Buffalo Natural Dry Dog Food (Salmon )
  • Wellness Simple Limited Ingredients Salmon & Potato
  • Brothers Complete Advanced Allergy Care
  • Canidae Grain-Free Pure Dry Pet Food

This is not the complete list by any means you can choose from, and for more recommended brands visit the website Pet Life Today.

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Best strategy for pet owners is to choose a brand with the most natural ingredients you can afford

Even Better Than These Brands

Even better than any of the commercial brands is preparing your own home-made puppy and dog food, so are you anxious for some healthy, natural and home-made recipes instead of commercial brands?

Puppies And Medium Dogs

  • 3 Lbs Your Choice Of Protein Meat
  • 2 Cups Brown Rice
  • 6 Large Sweet Potatoes
  • 6 Carrots
  • 24 Ounces Frozen Peas
  • 56 Ounces Tomatoes Diced
  • 3 Tablespoons Oregano
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Iodized Salt Water

How To Make

  1. Add all ingredients into a 3-Gallon Pot
  2. Add enough water to cover
  3. Bring to boil
  4. Lower to simmer
  5. Cover
  6. Cook approximately 2 hours until ingredients are soft
  7. Be sure to stir as ingredients are cooking
  8. Add water if needed to prevent ingredients from becoming dry

This recipe is recommended for puppies and medium size dog breeds, I recommend you start with 2 cup servings and increase if needed for your precious pet. This home-made dog recipe will cost you approximately $18.00 to prepare with about 32 cups from this recipe, now not only is this recipe healthier than any brands you can buy on the market it also is budget friendly.

Adult Breeds

  • 1 1/2 Cups Brown Rice
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 3 Pounds Your Protein Source
  • 3 Cups Chopped Baby Spinach
  • 2 Large Carrots Shredded or Chopped Up
  • 1 Zucchini Shredded or Chopped Up
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Peas


  1. Cook the brown rice with approximately 3 cups of water
  2. Heat olive oil medium heat setting
  3. Add protein in heated olive oil
  4. Cook approximately 3-5 minutes or until protein is brown
  5. Stir in your remainder ingredients approximately another 3-5 minutes
  6. Spinach should have a wilted appearance
  7. Allow to cool completely
  8. Ready to serve to your adult dog

This recipe provides your pet one serving, but if you wish you can increase the ingredients to prepare larger batches and freeze for convenience.


  • 1 Pound Your Protein Choice
  • 2 Cups Brown Rice
  • 1 Teaspoon Rosemary
  • 2 Cups Chopped Broccoli
  • 2 Cups Chopped Carrots
  • 2 Cups Chopped Cauliflower
  • 6 Cups Water
  • Cook Chopped Veggies Approximately 4-5 Minutes

Let’s Start Cooking

  1. Add brown rice, protein and rosemary in large pot
  2. Add water
  3. Bring pot to boil
  4. Reduce to simmer for approximately 20 minutes
  5. Add your veggies
  6. Cook another 5 minutes
  7. Stir ingredients breaking up protein source
  8. Remove pot from stove
  9. Cool completely
  10. Serve to your senior dog

You will find these recipes are not only healthy for your dogs of all ages and breeds, but you will actually be saving more money than you realize until you add home-made dog food and leave commercial dog foods behind.

dog skin allergies
These recipes will excite your dog at meal time and start to improve their immune system

You will notice these recipes will appear as a tasty and healthy stew form which your dogs will just love, you can adjust the ingredients according to your dogs food allergies, but most of these ingredients are allergy friendly.

Different Types Of Skin Allergies In Dogs

  • Tree Pollens
  • House Dust
  • Grass Pollen
  • Ragweed
  • Cedar
  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Dust Mites
  • Fleas
  • Dairy Products
  • Beef
  • Wheat
  • Gluten
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Lamb
  • Soy
  • Flea Collars
  • Pesticides

These dog skin allergies was provided by the website VCA Animal Hospital, you can visit their website to read in more detail about all of these allergy triggers. One more thing you must realize every pet is different, so these triggers don’t effect every animal in the same way.

5 Natural Remedies To Help Your Itchy Dog

  • Chamomile Herbal Tea Soaks
  • Apple Cider Spray
  • Oatmeal Paste
  • Plain Sugar-Free Yogurt
  • Coconut Oil

I always try natural remedies for any of my dog’s skin allergies before giving in to pet care products with chemicals, you just never know you might be throwing wood in the fire by using products with chemicals on your pets.

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Many pet care products with chemicals can actually increase skin allergies in some pets

Chamomile Herbal Tea Soaks

  • Chamomile
  • Calendula
  • Green Tea


  1. Seep several tea bags approximately 3-5 minutes in your sink
  2. Now you just soak your dog’s skin area approximately 5 minutes
  3. Another option is to prepare the tea mixture and apply cooled tea on skin area and allow to dry.
  4. Recommended for hot and itchy patches of skin areas

Apple Cider Vinegar Spray

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray Bottle


  1. Fill half your spray bottle with apple cider vinegar
  2. Fill remainder of spray bottle with water
  3. Recommended for dry and itchy skin
  4. Do Not Use On Raw Open Skin Sores

Oatmeal Paste

  • Ground Up Oatmeal
  • Warm Water


  1. Mix ground oatmeal with water until it forms a paste
  2. Apply paste on skin affected areas
  3. Another option you can sprinkle ground oatmeal in your pets bath and soak your dog approximately 15-20 minutes
  4. Recommended for dry and itchy skin

Yogurt Remedy

  • Plain Sugar-Free Yogurt
  • Serve Your Dog Once Per Day


  1. 1 teaspoon small dogs
  2. 2 teaspoons larger dogs
  3. Recommended for skin rashes
  4. Hives
  5. Allergies

Coconut Oil

  • Coconut Oil
  • Chilled
  • Solid Form


  1. Massage into the skin
  2. Recommended for Eczema
  3. Allergies
  4. Insect bites
  5. Bee strings
  6. Yeast infections

Dog skin allergies torment them just like they torment people, so by using natural remedies which relieves their itching allows them to heal naturally.

dog skin allergies
coconut oil is one of the easiest natural treatments you can use

Essential Oils For Your Dog

Essential oils can be your most natural treatment for dog skin allergies, but you must know which of these natural health products you can use.

Recommended Essential OIls

  • Chamomile
  • Helichrysum
  • Lavender
  • Niaouli
  • Sweet Marjoram

I dilute these essential oils with cold pressed olive oil, so how do you dilute these essential oils with the cold pressed olive oil?

  1. Small dogs 1 drop essential oil to 25 drops olive oil
  2. Large to medium 1 drop essential oil to 10 drops olive oil
  3. The strengths of essential oils for people equals a dog of 100 pounds

When to Use Chamomile Oil

  • Skin Irritations
  • Skin allergies
  • Burns

When To Use Helichrysum

  • Eczema
  • Pain Relief
  • Inflammation

When To Use Lavender

  • Itching
  • Skin irritations
  • Skin treatment
  • Soothes skin
  • Dry skin treatment
  • Anxiety
  • Stress

When To Use Niaouli

  • Skin allergy issues
  • Antihistamine
  • Antibacterial

When To Use Sweet Marjoram

  • Healing skin
  • Skin Infections
  • Skin wounds
  • Calming Agent
  • Muscle relaxant

I usually use lavender and sweet marjoram essential oils most of the time for my dog’s, I use lavender to calm and relax the anxiety, frustration and stress from their itching, I use sweet marjoram to prevent any skin infections from scratching.

dog skin allergies
sweet marjoram is highly recommended for open wounds or sores to prevent skin infections


What Is On My Mind Today?

I strongly take this article emotionally and personal writing from the experience of my 8 year-old Rottweiler, I provided him with all natural pet food which was highly recommended by vets. I urge you to start preparing your dog’s food with home-made recipes instead of paying for the high commercial pet foods which claim to be healthy; I am very disappointed and sad experiencing my baby with cancer all through his body from what I thought was healthy dog food.


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dena briley · August 4, 2019 at 1:30 am

It really is sad that many of what we know to be healthy dog food is also causing health problems in our dogs today. I am always looking for ways to keep my dogs healthy and appreciate all the information for natural skin care for our dogs. I have been using coconut oil on my dogs for problem patches and hot spots and it really makes a difference in healing that area, I have also noticed it seems to keep down the fleas and ticks.

    Jeff · August 21, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Thank You Dena
    I always enjoy hearing from you and new natural ways to treat our dogs,
    I will be trying your coconut oil on my Rottweiler who seems to be
    chewing at himself causing hot spots

Timotheus · August 20, 2019 at 10:03 am

Urgh! Skin Allergies! This is an awful ailment for our fur friends. My late doggy, Perdita, had bad allergies when she first arrived at my home. I was horrified with her scratching till her skin bled.

I did so much research, trying to find out why and how to help her. We went to the vet and the vet could not figure out why. Then I saw an article about the manufacture pet food that could trigger allergies.

I was shocked! The pet food that we trusted to give good nutrition to our pet friends have loaded chemicals or ingredients that could make their skin itchy and scratch til it bled? Awful!!! Terrible!!!

I switched food brands to organic food. And her allergies went away.

Your article would have been a blessing for me. Today, it will help many people. Thank you.

    Jeff · August 21, 2019 at 10:42 am

    I want to apologize for my late reply to your comment Timotheus,
    I was not aware your comment was added into my spam folder until

    I am happy organic food was the answer to your problem,
    sadly many of our pets and our own allergies are from
    the food products we are eating.

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