You want to stay away from ingredients like corn, wheat, soy and animal by-products. Corn, wheat and soy are unnecessary fillers that can aggravate allergies in dogs (and cats) and cause a host of other serious health issues. By-products are the discarded pieces of the animal listed on the label, that contain ZERO nutritional value for your pup.
I would look into a GRAIN-FREE food, (no rice, no brown rice, no barley, no oatmeal, no millet etc.) and I would leave chicken and regular beef out of the equation. It's not unusual for dogs to develop allergies to chicken and/or beef. Novel proteins would work better, venison, lamb, bison, rabbit, even fish. Any of the following would work very well:
Natural Balance L.I.D. Sweet Potato & Bison (SKU: 1307800)
Natural Balance L.I.D. Sweet Potato & Venison (SKU: 1133039)
Natural Balance L.I.D. Sweet Potato & Fish (SKU: 996858)
Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free Lamb Meal (SKU: 1445278)
Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free Salmon Meal (SKU: 1445243)
Just remember when switching to a new food, make the change gradually, over 7 to 10 days. Start with a small amount of the new food in with his current food. Then, over the next 7 to 10 days, increase the amount of the new food, while decreasing the amount of the old food, until your dog has 100% of the new food in his bowl. This will help guard against stomach upset and/or diarrhea.
In addition to changing the food, you could also look into a supplement that contains omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, something like salmon oil, or cod liver oil. Not only do they support a healthy skin and coat, as well as reduce shedding, but they help maintain joint, heart, neurological and cellular health. There are a few products you can look into, just DON’T use them all at the same time:
Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil (SKU: 1020803)
PETCO Salmon Oil for Dogs (SKU: 1139088)
PETCO Omega 3 Gel Caps (SKU: 1095382)
Only Natural Pet manufactures products as well, however, I don't believe that Petco carries those. "Only Natural Pet Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil", "Only Natural Pet Pure Salmon Oil" and "Only Natural Pet Pure Icelandic Cod Liver Oil".
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