Allergy Dog Bailey Earns AKC Rally Title

Bailey Earns her AKC Rally Novice Title

Congratulations to one of our featured Allergy Dogs, Bailey, for recently earning her AKC rally novice title!  She earned her title despite the fact that she had an allergy attack and spent time at her vet’s office that same week.  

We’re proud of Bailey and her owner Sarah for not letting dog allergies hold them back.  Go Bailey!

Bailey’s Dog Allergy Story.

Dog Allergy Stories. Bailey, the AKC Rally Dog.

Sarah & Bailey at Bailey’s Rally event

Bailey is a stray Sarah took in five years ago.  She is a mixed breed who shows signs of earlier abuse. She has been a wonderful pet and shows in AKC Rally. In fact, Bailey is one qualifying score away from a rally title!

Sarah first discovered that Bailey had allergies when she would frequently get sick after eating.  Bailey’s allergy symptoms included vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss and itchy skin.  Bailey would sometimes get so sick after eating that Sarah would have to rush her to the vet to treat her for dehydration and lack of appetite.

After much trial and error, Sarah discovered that Bailey had a rice allergy. They immediately stopped feeding her rice formula food and Sarah is now careful to avoid feeding Bailey any foods with rice.

Does your dog have allergies too? If so, we’d love to hear your story. Please email us at to share your dog allergy story.

Dog Allergy Causes. Food Allergies.

Food allergies are perhaps the most debated cause of skin allergy problems in dogs. As stated in “The Allergy Solution for Dogs”, by Shawn Messonnier, D.V.M., a true dog food allergy accounts for less than 10 percent of the allergy cases brought in to veterinarians. Yet, a dog’s food is often the first area where owners focus their attention.

However, there are still a number of dogs who suffer from food allergies. Here is a list of the top common food allergens for dogs:

  • Beef
  • Milk
  • Corn
  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Eggs
  • Turkey
  • Fish
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Yeast

Each of the above ingredients is commonly found in commercial dog foods. The less expensive the food is, the higher the chances are that it will include large amounts of cheap fillers like wheat and corn.

So what if your food claims to be “Lamb and Rice”. It should just be “Lamb and Rice”, right? Not necessarily so. It’s important for you to carefully read your dog food labels. Unless you are feeding your dog a “limited ingredient” formula, chances are, that so-called two ingredient food also includes many of the top allergen foods listed above, including wheat, beef, eggs, and more. Always read your labels.

How do you know if your dog may have a food allergy? If their allergy symptoms aren’t seasonal – meaning they are itching and uncomfortable all year round – chances are they have a food allergy. Dogs with food allergies also tend to have more stomach problems, resulting in frequent diarrhea and vomiting.

Later on, we’ll discuss different options for treating food allergies. If you suspect that your dog may have food allergies, it is recommended that you first talk to your veterinarian before making any dramatic changes to your dog’s diet.