I have got to hand it to the marketing people for Dog Food Brands! They have us all wrapped up on feeding our dogs Grain Free is soooooo much better than regular food. But is it? I went that route with Tucker and am seeing it with ITCHY dogs, when I ask "what are you feeding your dog?" the response 80% of the time is "of course, Grain Free...."!
So with my research and my experience with both Bella and Tucker, they Grain Free foods make them itchy, rashy or lumpy, whatever comes first and they start with making large bald patches on their skin and it just keeps getting worse.
So what is in the GF foods that would do this...it's the PEA PROTEIN that is in all GF foods! They replace the flour product with Pea Protein to make the kibble stick together, but not all PP are the same and in fact it's hard to know what percentage of PP is used in each GF foods.
So if you dog is itchy on a regular basis and is digging at their feet, legs, body and neck, look at the food and see if it's got Pea Protein, Corn, Wheat, Wheat Gluten, Corn Gluten or even Barley can do it. The are the targets that I have used to help my itchy Labs.