Food allergies in dogs


Food allergies in dogs

We already know how precious our dogs are and how similar they can be to babies. Believing that only humans can get allergies has been proven incorrect. Dogs can definitely be allergic too. Don’t get confused between being allergic and having a food intolerance. Being intolerant means that the body can’t physically process or digest certain foods, on the other hand being allergic means that your body reacts to what you are eating. This article will focus on food allergies in dogs and some aspects related to the topic.

Read also the common questions and answers about dog food.

We’ve explained what food allergy is but how common are food allergies in dogs?

Studies have shown that almost 10% of all dogs get some sort of food allergies.

 

What causes food allergies?

Allergies are caused mainly by your dog’s genetic composition and then triggered by cues in the environment. Your dog may not show signs the first time he eats a certain food, however it can happen overtime.

 

Are there certain breeds that are more prone to have allergies?

All breeds can develop food allergies, however there are some breeds that have been presented with more allergy cases than others. These breeds include Retrievers, German shepherds, Dachshunds and Cocker Spaniels.

 

What signs will the dog show if he has allergies?

Your dog might show any of the following symptoms with a food allergy:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Frequent scratching
  • Hair loss
  • Inflamed skin
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing

 

What kind of food can cause food allergies in dogs?

There is no specific food type that causes allergies. Below are some of the most common foods that can cause food allergies in dogs:

  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Dairy
  • Pork
  • Rabbit
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Lamb
  • Egg

If your dog is allergic to one ingredient, he/she is likely allergic to other ingredients as well.

 

How to know which foods cause your dog allergies?

Your vet will most likely put your dog on an elimination diet, which mean that your dog will only be allowed to eat 1 or 2 types of food for a short period and alternate to see which food causes a reaction.

If you dog is still suffering from an allergy no matter what you change in the diet, it means that your dog is allergic to something else. Could be something in the environment like pollen or dust.

 

How can you prevent your dog from having allergies?

The answer to this question is you can’t. But what you can do is make sure that you are always providing the best type of food to your dog. Make sure that all meals are balanced to maintain a healthy dog and a good immune system.

 

Written by Farah Khaled
Sources: Cesar’s Way , Modern Dog Magazine , Pets WebMD

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