Dog Food Allergy
One day, you might observe your pet dog itching and scratching parts of his body. If you’re sure it is not due to fleas, ticks, or grass, then it might be a food allergy. Different types of allergens can cause allergies, and one of the sources of allergens is the food that he eats.
To be sure, ask your vet if your pet is suffering from food allergy and not food intolerance before treating the symptoms.
Common signs of food allergy
Dogs with food allergy suffer from diarrhea, ear inflammation, chronic gas, gastrointestinal problems, itchiness and they keep on licking their feet.
Common causes of allergy
Most allergy cases are genetically acquired. When the dog gets exposed to the allergen, the allergy manifests itself, and the dog displays the symptoms. Some common food allergens are dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, beef, and fish.
In some cases, the cause is early exposure to antibiotics. Puppies that get treated with antibiotics usually develop an allergy. Antibiotics changed the environment of the puppy’s gut, which is the largest immune structure of the body.
As a result, the dog develops intolerance to some food. When the dog eats the allergen in the food, the symptoms are triggered.
What to do
If your dog is displaying some of the allergy symptoms, eliminate the food or diet that you are feeding him. Give him a different kind of diet from what you usually give him.
If he has improved, reintroduce the old foods that, you think, triggered the allergy symptoms. If after a few days of having the old diet he again developed the same reactions, then it can be established that he has an allergy to that particular kind of food.
It is possible that a dog would suddenly develop an allergy for a food that he has been eating for years. Change his diet until he gets stable and re-introduces the same food again after some time.
To avoid triggering the allergy again, try to find 2 or 3 diets for your pet and rotate these foods every two to three months.
Alternate diets for your dog
- Dog foods that are grain-free. These are foods that have no corn, wheat, or soy ingredients which are causes of food allergies.
- Dog foods that have alternative meat protein sources such as duck, salmon, bison or duck and with only one kind of carbohydrate.
These can be adopted until your dog has finally become stable and settled into the new diet.
Allergies in Puppies
Sometimes allergies often resolve by themselves in young puppies. Puppies’ body systems tend to adapt to the environment as they grow old.
At an early age, you can already give him rotating diets that provide a variety in food. It will also help your puppy maintain gut health that will deter allergies from developing.