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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FOOD ALLERGIES IN DOGS

16 Jul 2016 | by | Posted in: Health

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Does it come as a surprise to you that your furry baby too is susceptible to food allergies?  Most pet parents are unaware of this fact and thus end up attributing its symptoms to other causes. But food allergies are more common in pets than you think, they account for more than 10% of all allergies seen in a dog.

 

WHAT IS A FOOD ALLERGY?

It’s the response of the pet’s immune system to a specific agent in the food. The system responds by releasing antibodies which result in several uncomfortable symptoms.

Related: Hypo-allergic food for your pet

 

WHAT ARE THE COMMON ALLERGENS?

While any food might trigger the allergy, some of the common allergens are wheat, beef, pork,  dairy , egg, chicken, lamb, and soy.

 

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Excessive itching especially around the face, feet, anus, and forelegs.
  • Appearance of hot spots.
  • Ear inflammation
  • Biting the paw
  • Excessive licking
  • Skin rash

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IS IT GENETIC?

Food allergies may or may not be genetic but the thing to remember is that they may appear at any time during the lifespan of the dog. So you may be feeding your dog milk without any incident for say 5 years, and one fine day the allergy might just appear.

 

WHICH BREEDS ARE MOST AFFECTED?

 

TREATING ALLERGIES

The only way to treat food allergies is by food isolation. The allergen needs to be identified by the process of food elimination. So you begin by feeding your pet only one or two kinds of food and look out for any symptoms. Gradually more items are introduced till symptoms appear and you are able to pin down the cause. The triggering item is then simply removed from the diet.

This was just an informative guide to understanding and detecting food allergies. If you feel your pet is suffering from one or more symptoms, an immediate visit to the vet is advisable.

Do share your experiences about this common problem in the comments section below.

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