What Is The Best Food For A Staffordshire Bull Terrier?

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Thanks for your advice ann. We think its a food allergy as we were told to take her off her food and put her on just chicken and rice for a week and see how she got on, and amazing not a scratch at all. I am waiting on an appointment with the vet for their advice on the elimination diet and going about doing it. Many thanks again
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Hi, we have the same problem with our staff. He scratches and has problems with his anal glands! We went to the vets and they suggested a range of 'good' dog food brands but didnt quite get them all. Was wondering could you please let me know what your vet has suggested?
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Truangel,

Your dogs sounds like she has allergies.  The three most common allergies in dogs are environmental (atopy), food allergy, and flea allergy.  Environmental and food allergies are common in Staffordshire Bull Terriers.  Your veterinarian  has  several types of diets (novel protein diets--protein and carbs come from sources not typically found in dog food like rabbit--or hydrolyzed protein diets--where the proteins have already been broken down partially to a size that should not cause allergic reaction.  For environmental allergies initial treatment include anti-histamines, omega-3 acids found in fish oil, frequent bathing, and treating underlying infections.  If your pet has very severe allergies or a big flare-up steroids, immune-modulating therapy (Atopica), or allergy shots may be required.  Allergies are frustrating and are about control not cure--your veterinarian needs to be part of the effort the control allergies.

Ann Falk, DVM

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