Dealing with your Great Dane’s food allergies can be beyond frustrating! We asked our 800,000 members of Great Dane community on facebook the following question: “Those of you with Great Danes who have allergies…. what food do you use and why?” We received hundreds of replies, and summarized the top 20 responses here.
As always, be sure to consult your veterinarian before making any health changes to your Great Dane’s diet. iHeartDogs is reader supported, so some of the links below may be affiliate links where we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.
20 Best Dog Foods for Great Dane with Allergies
Purina hydrolized vegetarian! It’s the best he has ever done on any food!
Author: Patty A.
Purina Pro Plan Salmon Sensitive Skin and Stomach.
Author: Kerry McMahon E.
The first Dane I had, I used to cook chicken and rice for him. He was allergic to the red food dye in kibble. That was a long time ago, I like to think commercial food has gotten better.
Author: Peggy M.
Vet told me a lot if dogs are alergic to chicken. So I feed Diamonds large breed lamb & rice. Corn is bad for dogs gives them gas .
Author: Mary Jo H.
Royal Canin HP… my guy was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus and inflammatory bowel disease. He’s on this diet to keep his GI tract happy
Author: Alecia A.
My girl has allergies but, not food related. Her wonderful vet advises me too switch to Purina Pro Plan sensitive skin and stomach.
Author: Jeanne Bushong S.
Author: Cyndi Maki A.
Diamond Naturals large breed lamb
Author: Casey K.
Mine has poultry sensitivity. Turns out most dog foods still have chicken even though it says “beef” or “salmon”. Super frustrating. Kirkland Nature’s Domain Salmon was the first one I could find that didnt. I recently was looking at others and there are now at least 3 other salmon options that do not also have chicken.
Author: Katie P.
My deaf dog has gastrointestinal problems since birth. The vet told me to feed her LID (Limited Ingredient Diet) dog food 3x a day according to daily portion. Using Natural Balance is easy for her stomach. I suggest using free trials to test for diarrhea or solid. That’s how I found her allergies/sensitivities to seafood, duck/chicken, and beef. She is okay with venison but prefers bison meat and is healthy for 7 years.
Author: Jolene R.
Previous dane was allergic or sensitive to so many things. Did tests and elimination diets and found he had allergies to chicken, pork, turkey, and sensitivity to beef. I switched to raw because there were too many hidden ingredients in kibble (meat by-products, meat ‘meals,’ synthetics (sometimes derived from something he was allergic to), etc. With raw (either DIY or some premades), I can see exactly what he is eating. Also, what helped tremendously was testing his gut microbiome (I went through AnimalBiome), emailing lots of questions, doing FMT pills, and adjusting his diet to fix his gut flora.
Author: シェリー で.
Fromme – the fish “flavors” – recommended by our Vet because of patchy skin issues.
Author: Samantha H.
For years it was science diet zd because that’s what his dermatologist prescribed
Author: Dan T.
Blue Wilderness. Grain free. Louie so sick when fed anything with grain.
Author: Julie Steffens G.
Purina Pro Plan Hydrolyzed. We tried everything…We are thankful there is a vet that specializes in allergy medicine. It’s Prescription only. Also, boiled tilapia as additive.
Author: Melanie D.
Natural balance lamb and rice limited ingredients, he has a sensitive stomach
Author: Pamela S.
My girl is allergic to chicken, rice, potatoes, tomato pumice and hates salmon-any ideas to help as her food is now off the market(Rachael Ray limited turkey&Pea)
Author: Megan D.
Kirkland salmon and veggie. Both my Danes are sensitive to poultry.
Author: Brit T.
I put mine a raw diet beef, chicken and fish I cook the chicken and fish about 1/2 way have not had any allergies since I started about 18 months ago
Author: Brooks F.
Royal Canin Ultamino. Everything else we’ve tried made him sick, including a raw diet. This is the only food that works for us. Larry is allergic to meat and fish protein and cannot break it down properly. Ultamino pulverizes protein to a molecular level and tricks his body into getting the nutrients without the itchy skin and diarrhea.
Author: Laura K.