Food allergies in dogs
Just like us, our furry friends can suffer from food allergies that result in skin or gastrointestinal reactions.
What does a food allergy look like in dogs?
They occur when your dog’s immune system reacts negatively to a protein. Symptoms can appear as a result, such as:
- Itching, licking, and scratching
- Red eyes
- Runny nose
- Skin problems
- Swollen paws
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Recurring ear infections
- Oozing skin
Foods that are most notorious for causing allergies are: wheat, corn, rice, chicken, beef, eggs, potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, soy, and dairy products.
What should I do if my dog has a food allergy?
The first step is to eliminate the food causing the allergy from your dog’s diet. Offer them an alternative recipe instead.
We recommend that you start with a recipe that contains only one source of animal protein. Try this for at least three months to establish that no signs of allergies are presenting themselves.
If all goes well, you can gradually reintroduce new sources of protein one-by-one. By varying your dog’s proteins, you will be offering them the greatest nutritional balance, thus reducing the risk of food sensitivities.
You can also offer your dog a hypoallergenic recipe made from ingredients that rarely cause allergies.
Treating a dog with food allergies can be overwhelming. However, opting for hypoallergenic recipes with limited ingredients will help you identify problem foods and ease your dog’s allergy symptoms.
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