Food allergies. The moment you see or hear these two words, you most likely think about how they are becoming increasingly common for human beings. But did you know that food allergies also pertain to dogs?
If your dog has any type of adverse reaction after eating certain food and it involves the immune system, it means your dog probably has a food allergy. If you are at all concerned about the health and wellbeing of your dog, here are four things you should know when it comes to dog food allergies.
Since some of the symptoms are very similar to skin diseases, it can be difficult to diagnose whether or not your dog has food allergies. These symptoms include skin irritation, frequent itching, hives, a poor coat condition, and hair loss.
Other symptoms of dog food allergies include:
If you do notice any of the above symptoms, you may want to pay close attention to what kinds of ingredients and foods your dog is ingesting.
Some of the more common food allergens that can trigger an allergic reaction in dogs include:
Allergies can develop over time when you feed your dog the same ingredients over and over again. One of the best ways to prevent food allergies is to rotate the kinds of ingredients your dog receives. For instance, if your dog’s main source of protein is beef, you may want to switch to chicken. Switching your dog’s food a couple of times a year can help to prevent food allergies.
If you realize your dog has food allergies, you may need to try an elimination diet. This means removing common food allergens from your dog’s diet, and then slowly reintroducing the ingredients one at a time to try to find the allergen. If this doesn’t work, you can try switching to a hypoallergenic dog food.
If you suspect your dog has food allergies and you’re not sure what to do, contact your veterinarian. A vet can help to determine if your dog has food sensitivities or allergies and what to do in either situation.
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