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20 Best Foods for Bernese Mountain Dogs with Allergies

Written by: Zyra Capalac
Zyra is a Special Project Coordinator of HomeLife Media and a writer for She has 3 dogs namely Skye, Luna, and one of them is a rescue, named Tesla.Read more
| Published on May 17, 2023
Dealing with your Bernese Mountain Dog’s food allergies can be beyond frustrating! We asked our 800,000 members of Bernese Mountain Dog community on facebook the following question: “Those of you with Bernese Mountain Dogs 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 Bernese Mountain Dog’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 Bernese Mountain Dogs with Allergies

My daughters Berner had giardia in the puppy litter, which they never told her about until we threatened the vet cause we’d made so many ER dog vet trips. So after we got that cured he had sensitivity to foods. The dry food is made with chemical ‘ binders’ he couldn’t even tolerate that. So She followed Dogs Veterinary manual guide to cooking home food. Boiled chicken breast, softest white rice & boiled carrots all chopped in its own broth. He ate that for a year & gradually she was able to try a little dry food after his 3 cooked meals. Boiled low fat hamburger works too. We found this out from a friend who runs a dog Rescue. She said the dogs all come in stressed & the have to start out slow on real food. It worked, he lived to be 10yrs.

Author: Susan A L.

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I’m feeding this (Royal Canin Ultamino) it’s the only thing that has worked so far! She is starting to hate it so I am adding in boiled hamburger. I just keep trying. Vindy is 9 and 122lbs and healthy other than her ears act up fast if she gets into something (even Ramidel made her itch)

Author: Michelle M.

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Welcome to the world of owning a Berner! Both my boys are allergic to chicken ! Chicken is in so many foods, even if the label says lamb and rice it can still have chicken in it! My boys love kiwi brand wet dog food! Venison and beef and the lamb and salmon are wonderful!

Author: Patty D.

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Zignature brand is working on my dog. My Bernese can eat anything. Get nothing with chicken.

Author: Carla P.

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My Bern not so much allergies but stomach/gastric issues. He did well on Taste of the Wild grain free buffalo. There are other protein mixes. Also only white rice as other rice brown are not good for dogs. Sounds counterintuitive but it’s true. I also use cooked turkey burger with white rice.

Author: Sabina M.

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I would try an unusual protein, rather then the traditional proteins. Examples: venison, rabbit, bison, kangaroo, etc.. my guy is in rabbit. The only traditional protein that he can eat is beef. High protein is hard on their kidneys so I do not want him in beef all the time. My guy eats mostly raw (pre-made raw) with veggies I make, and some kibble. His kibble is the rabbit (Nature’s Logic). It has other traditional protein in it but his diet is mostly raw.

Author: Karen H.

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I make my own. I know what is in it and she is flourishing. There are tons of recipes and videos to teach you. I make about 2 weeks at a time and freeze it until I need it. Then just take out 2 or 3 days at servings at a time and keep it in the fridge.

Author: Robin T.

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Try Dr Marty’s pet food, worked for our Berner, but expensive. Friend who have Berner use lamb only and that seemed to work.

Author: Mike P.

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We use Kirkland brand salmon and sweet potato

Author: Darcy Frank P.

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Our Berner has had gastric issues since he was a pup. He does really well on the this……We use RX Purina brand for gastric issues, ask your Vet. We boil ground beef, carrots and broccoli and blend it to a gravy like consistency. We then pour this onto the dry food (in a gigantic stainless steel bowl) and let it cool. When the dry food absorbs the Liquid we blend it again. We keep it in the fridge and it makes about 2.5 days worth of meals. Good luck

Author: Brenda B.

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Diamond Care Hydrolyzed Protein for sensitive skin – Salmon. We also give her Smart Earth Camelina Oil. Worth looking into.

Author: Connie B.

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My boy is on HP Hydrolysed protein, from the vet, in less than three days no more diarrhea and he stopped having skin problems

Author: Josée Turgeon D.

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I use Wellness puppy for large breeds

Author: Janet M.

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A hypoallergenic food – chicken and beef and all grains (including rice) are big culprits in aggravating sensitivities. There are lots of hypoallergenic choices out there that deliberately avoid these ingredients. Also, if you go down the raw road mixed with dry food then make sure you serve raw at a separate time because raw and dry foods digest at different rates.

Author: Ian L.

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Zignature kangaroo and omega pills

Author: Christa H.

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FROMM white fish

Author: Denise L.

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We do firstmate lamb and potato, only food that works for his sensitive stomach

Author: Amarjit M.

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We use N&D Pumpkin / Lamb and a probiotic

Author: Sean M.

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My dog seems to be sensitive to chicken products. I switched her to purina one smart blend. I have also found that I have to be careful about how many dog biscuits I give her.

Author: Linda F.

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Changing foods doesn’t help unless your dog has a food allergy. Food allergies come from long chain proteins in the diet stimulating the immune system to release histamines. Just changing the protein source isn’t enough. You need to hydrolyze the proteins.

Switching from one protein to another is just a temporary fix. Eventually the immune system will respond. Prescription diets like Hill’s Z/D, Purina HA and Royal Canin HP are all Hydrolyzed and effective.

Author: Amy H.

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As always, be sure to consult your veterinarian before making any health changes to your Bernese Mountain Dog’s food. iHeartDogs is reader supported, so some of the links above may be affiliate links where we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

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