When we rescued a little black lab cross aptly named Sweet Pea, 6 years ago we had no idea what obstacles we were about to be faced with. Never being personally afflicted with allergies nor ever owning an animal with allergies I was not prepared for the journey ahead. Sweet Pea is as her name suggests – sweet with a heart of gold and a body riddled with itch. What started off as seasonal allergies and somewhat controllable soon blossomed into full blown year round allergies. We started noticing her chewing at her paws endlessly.She would also get areas around her muzzle that she scratched at so badly they would bleed, chronic ear infections started, red blister type rashes would break out on her stomach, anal area and under her tail. As a new symptom presented itself another trip to the vet was needed. Costs escalated as new drugs were tried and the only thing that worked well enough were steroids which we used only to give her some temporary relief from severe flair ups. We tried a lengthy process of food testing to see if we could isolate what was causing the allergies. Grain free, single protein with a single starch, no chicken, no beef, no lamb, no fish the endless trial and error approach and then finally raw. With the raw diet there was some relief and the positives are her teeth are fabulous as is her coat and her weight, but the itch prevails.