Dog food allergies causes, symptoms, how to identify it and how to treat it
you are what you eat, and our pets are no different. their food is the major contributor to their energy levels, health, life longevity and happiness.
so how do you know you are not putting your dog at risk by giving him dangerous foods? or even poisoning him/her?
how do you know if your dog is suffering from food poisoning, or if he is badly affected by the food you are serving him.
what if he is allergic to the food you keep serving him over and over again?
in this article we will guide you through such scenarios, answering the above questions and providing you with a set of actions you can follow to help your dog
- Starting with Food Allergies.
- Then Dangerous and toxic foods for dogs.
Food Allergies for dogs:
First off lets tackle food allergies,
dog food allergies, same with humans, are rather tricky to deal with, as there is no one straight answer that is applicable to all dogs.
therefore, each and every dog is different, so instead of coming up with a one answer fits all, here what we will talk about in this section:
- Dog breeds prone to allergies
- Common food allergy triggers
- dog Allergy symptoms
- how to deal with food allergy situations
Dog breeds prone to allergies
some dog breeds are more prone to allergies than others, as research shows,
- Bichon Frise
- Brussels Griffon
- Bull Terrier
- Golden Retriever
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- Labrador Retriever
- Cocker Spaniel
However, this doesn’t mean that all dogs from such breeds are allergic, just that the chances of dogs with these breeds have higher chances of experiencing allergies.
besides, if your dog doesn’t belong to these breeds, this doesn’t mean he/she is immune to food allergies.
Common Food Allergies Triggers
so whether your dog’s breed is more prone to food allergies or no, there is still a chance they could be affected by certain foods that trigger allergies.
Food items that are likely to trigger allergies
- some dairy products such as; milk, yogurt, or cheese
- some grains: wheat and soy
- Meats: beef, chicken, pork, rabbit
if your dog is allergic to one of the above items, there is a chance that he is allergic to other ones as well.
how do you know If your dog is having an allergic reaction to the food he is eating?
there are certain symptoms you need to watch out for, once you notice any or all of the below symptoms
- Ear Infection
- skin rashes or red bumps
- swollenness in eyelids, ears, or lips
- trouble with breathing
How to deal with food Allergy Situations
- 1-check with the Vet
if you notice one or more of the above symptoms, then the next step has to be immediate vet consultation or visit.
some symptoms are more serious than others, like trouble in breathing or inability to breath. this would be an emergency situation and you need to contact an emergency animal hospital immediately
luckily this is the least common of the allergy reactions or symptoms. so there is a small chance your dog might experience this.
yet to be safe make sure you have access to an emergency animal hospital line.
your dog must be checked by a specialist to confirm that indeed he is experiencing an allergic reaction to food, as many diseases would share these symptoms.
- 2-Testing and Elimination techniques
now, if your vet confirms that your dog is indeed having an allergic reaction to their food, then they might undergo a testing phase, to find out exactly what ingredient they are allergic to.
the most common method would be serving your dog one protein ingredient and one carbohydrate ingredients for a certain period to see which ones are they allergic to