You may have noticed your dog is itching or shaking his head constantly. You may or may not have gone to the Vet yet but you are pretty certain it could be a food allergy. Fact is, 10% of all allergies in dogs are caused by food. They may also be suffering from food intolerance but that’s a whole different story.
What are the symptoms of dog food allergy?
There are a number of signs which could point towards a food allergy. Things ranging from ear inflammation, gastrointestinal problems, diarrhea, a dog licking their feet as well as a dog having an itchy rear end.
What are the most common dog food allergies?
Food allergies are almost always a genetic problem and they are triggered by exposure to allergens. The most common dog food allergens are:
Most dogs that do have allergies are allergic to more than one of the above.
How do you determine whether your dog has food allergies or something else is causing the problem?
There’s really only one accurate method of doing it. You have to follow this procedure called elimination diet and challenge. The first step is to take away all foods that the dog has generally been eating. Take it out of their diet and then introduce a new item altogether. Once the dog has improved their symptoms, it’s now time to slowly start to re-introduce each item one by one. If your dog has a reaction, which may take from a few days to a few weeks, we will know he has a food allergy.
So your dog has allergies. How do you treat them?
Food is something that you put in your mouth every day. And therefore, the best treatment is to literally stop doing that. So the only real solution, besides treating each symptom specifically, is to change your dog’s diet.
The best way to make sure your dog does not have allergy problems in the long term is to make sure you give them a balanced healthy diet, and keep a close eye on what they are eating. These put together may not stop your dog from being allergic but will definitely allow you to take more swift action for the betterment of your dog.