DOG FOOD ALLERGIES

dog food allergies

In dogs, one in 10 cases of allergy is related to an immune response caused by food. Food allergies are not always easy to identify, but it is quite possible to improve the daily lives of dogs that suffer.

Summary:

➥The main causes of food allergy

➥Common symptoms of food allergy

➥The predatory scheme to find guilty food

Food Allergy and Intolerance are 2 different things. Food intolerance is the difficulty for the dog’s body to digest a given food, such as the lactose in cow’s milk, while allergy is an immune reaction caused by contact with the digestive systemallergenic food substance.

The dog’s food allergy is not associated with any race predisposition. It can occur at any age, in both male and female animals. Moreover, it is often difficult to identify. What are the main causes of dog food allergy? What are the most common manifestations and how can it be treated?

➥The main causes of food allergy

Certain foods that we, humans, can usually consume without any problems are likely to produce allergies in dogs. Soybeans, onions, corn, beets, and rhubarb are among them. The digestive system of our four-legged friends is not able to assimilate these foods. The latter contain allergens which, when coming into contact with the cells lining the surface of the intestines, give rise to immune reactions.

This is also the case for certain substances that may be present in dairy products, beef, cereals, and eggs.

➥Common symptoms of food allergy

In general, dogs suffering from food allergies are pruritic: they feel strong and recurrent itching. They may also begin to lick excessively and show signs of alopecia (hair loss). Redness and other forms of lesions often appear in various skin areas.

In some cases, food allergies can lead to digestive disorders such as vomiting and diarrhearespiratory or nervous problems, and even repetitive ear infections.

➥The predatory scheme to find guilty food

It is often difficult to identify the offending food. The procedure conducted by the veterinarian is rather long and laborious, but it is necessary to find an effective solution to the problem of allergy which suffers the dog.


First of all, it is important to study the animal’s usual diet before establishing an “eviction” diet. It consists of feeding the dog food he had never eaten until then and observing the reactions of its body. This diet usually lasts 8 weeks, but it may be longer. Then, foods potentially containing allergens are reintroduced gradually, in order to detect any symptoms and accurately identify the offending food.


In the shorter term, the veterinarian can prescribe corticosteroids, antihistamines or antibiotics to reduce the manifestations related to allergic reactions.