Understanding Dog Food Allergies


Dog Allergies          If you have a pet dog then you know that they have the same health issues as humans do including getting diseases arthritis and a whole host of other life complications including allergies. Dogs can be allergic to many of the same things as humans are allergic to. It can be difficult to determine if your dog has dog food allergies because it is even difficult to determine when we humans ourselves have allergies. Dog food allergy symptoms in your pet can be impossible as you do not know what to look for. Many people as a result try to generally feed their pet dog a diet that is allergen free. There are many allergen free dog food types out there. If you are confused as to the types of dog food allergies that your dog can get then follow below to try to understand the different ways in which your pet can be allergic.

Step 1

You can watch for some of the signs and symptoms of your dogs allergies to help you determine if he or she has allergies. Common symptoms of dog food allergies include skin related problems such as itching or the tendency of your pet to itch itself constantly. Your dog may experience significant hair loss as well from its allergies. If your dog experiences any of these symptoms or ear infections that keep coming back then they may have a food allergy.

Step 2

One of the common dog food allergens is wheat or more specifically the gluten in wheat. Dogs can have gluten allergies like humans as well. Luckily there are gluten free dog food products that can alleviate this problem. Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat. Some people and dogs are allergic to this protein. There is also gluten found in rye and barely so if these ingredients are found in your dog’s dog food then your dog may also have an allergy to those as well.

Step 3

Another one of the common dog food allergies is eggs. Eggs or constituents of eggs are found as binders in many different food products including some dog food. Canines do not eat eggs in the wild or as part of their normal evolutionary diets. As such they may be allergic to some of the compounds found in eggs. Since some of the dog food preparations contain eggs you may have to find a dog food product that is free of eggs and other allergens.

Step 4

Counter to normal thinking another common dog food allergy is beef and chicken. I know it seems very weird that a dog would be allergic to meat. But sometimes they can develop an allergy to the beef or chicken. There is debate as to why dogs can be allergic to meat and it is generally not known as to the reason. However some people theorize that the dog may be allergic to the corn fed chickens because they are allergic to corn byproducts.

Step 5

Dogs can also be allergic to dairy like people with lactose intolerance. Adult dogs do not produce the enzyme lactase which breaks down dairy lactose. As a result the more dairy products you feed your dog the more sick he or she will become. Many of the symptoms of lactose intolerance in dogs are the same as lactose intolerance in people, stomach upset, gastrointestinal bloating, diarrhea, etc. It is a good rule of thumb to try to avoid dairy in your dog’s diet altogether and you may want to switch to dog food that is dairy free as well.

Step 6

Hypoallerganic dog foodAs you can see there are a range of different dog food allergies. That is why if your dog exhibits symptoms you can try switching to a hypoallergenic brand of dog food that has much less allergens in it. Or you can switch his diet to a completely different form of meat for a few weeks and see if the allergies go away. Then you know it was the particular meat or chicken you were feeding him.

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