My Maggie has severe allergies as well. She is 10 and I was so close to putting her down because she lost all her hair and she was so miserable. I made one more effort around the holidays and changed her diet to all raw. It took some time but she has gotten her hair back and she has a little pep in her step now. She has a few very small hot spots and she is constantly licking her paws. I do give her the ACV but maybe I need to try filtered water and just found out at her last vet visit she is allergic to the pollen and grass so now I need to give her benedrlyll. You should definately try the raw food and don't make it yourself. It is so hard to get the ratio correct or else you will mess up her insides and through her BM off.