The 2 Most Important Things to Know About Food Allergies in Dogs
Is your dog itching, licking, or shaking his head more than normal? Does he have perpetual diarrhea or gas?
If so, he could have a food allergy!
In addition to the obvious gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea or vomiting, dogs manifest food allergies in the form of skin problems. These issues may show up as excessive scratching, licking of paws, and shaking of its fur. And while both food allergies and food intolerances may cause digestive issues (gas or diarrhea), only food allergies will affect the skin.
Just like in humans, a food allergy happens when your dog’s immune system mistakenly deems a certain food is harmful. When this happens, basically an alarm rings and an alert is sent through your dog’s immune system. Responding with antibodies this alarm system serves to trigger a series of dangerous symptoms.
These symptoms can include:
Some of the breeds most prone to allergies are:
Boxer, Cocker Spaniel, Springer Spaniel, Collie, Dalmatian, German Shepherd, Lhasa Apso, Miniature Schnauzer, Retriever, Shar Pei, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, Dachshund, and West Highland White Terrier.
No matter what breed of dog you have, one of the most important things you can do for a dog with food allergies is to keep his food simple. The closer to nature- the better. All those additives, chemicals, and ingredients simply create more opportunities for a food allergy- and narrowing down a culprit when your dog has an allergy can be mind-numbing. The simpler the food, the more hypoallergenic it is for your dog.
Here are the two most important things you need to know about hypoallergenic dog food:
1. Hypoallergenic dog food does not contain these common ingredients found in many types of regular commercial dog food, such as:
2. Hypoallergenic dog food brands also avoid the use of ingredients most likely to provoke an allergic reaction, such as:
My dogs have given me an entirely new spiritual perspective on life. I now have a genuine understanding of unconditional love and provision.