Dogs and Food Allergies – How to Test for Them

Dogs and Food Allergies – Allergies are very annoying for both the dog and the dog owner.

It’s not easy to find the source of the allergy.  Proper diagnosis of a specific allergy can be very time consuming. 

The allergy testing process involves putting the pet on a bland diet.  Specific foods are added back to the diet over a long period of time.  This helps to identify a food that causes an allergic reaction.

It’s important not to rush the testing procedure.  If you do, you may end up not knowing for sure which food actually caused the allergic reaction.

I read an informative article that discusses dogs and food allergies.  It is called “Identifying Dog Food Allergies with a Process of Elimination.”

Here is a quote from the article:

Food allergies in dogs are very common and particularly upsetting to both the animal and their caregivers. Symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, gas, skin/coat issues, non-seasonal pruritus (itching), ear inflammation/infection, and seizures.

The first step in addressing a dog food allergy is identifying it, but it can be difficult to do so. The process should begin with a trip to your Veterinarian. The plan will usually involve putting your dog on a simple, bland diet and then the slow reintroduction of other foods every couple of weeks. You may also wish to explore raw or other natural alternative homemade dog diets to reduce the level of chemicals and gain more control of dietary ingredients overall.

If you suspect a food allergy you can start by eliminating the following top dog food allergy triggers, one by one, to determine if symptoms improve:

  • Wheat
  • Soybeans
  • Corn (Maize) or corn oil
  • Eggs
  • Milk – Milk may cause an allergic reaction when other dairy products do not.
  • Yeast
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Fish or fish oil
  • Chemically treated water (try filtered or distilled)
  • Individual preservatives
  • Artificial colors and flavors

The complete article can be found here.

The article goes on to suggest that providing a food that aids the dog’s digestive system may be beneficial in preventing and controlling allergies.  There is one healthy dog food that has been shown to significantly reduce allergy symptoms in dogs that had allergies before.

Certain breeds seem to be more prone to allergies than others.  The article lists those breeds.

It is very encouraging that studies continue regarding allergies for dogs and cats.  The article points out that the information obtained from these studies is then used as a basis for more studies.

What is your experience with dogs and food allergies?  Have you gone through a process of identifying foods that need to be eliminated from your dog’s diet?  How did you do that and how did it work for you?  Have a great day.

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