Food allergies in dogs can cause a variety of problems. The main inconvenience is the fact that the dogs have to eat everyday, and if their food is bothering them, it will be an ongoing problem. Let’s go over some more details about common dog food allergies and what to do about them.
It’s no surprise that if your dog has a food allergy that it can cause of lot of problems. You may wonder why the dog is feeling bad and not know what the cause is. This type of allergy can also be slightly inconvenient since you may have to switch brands of dog food or get a specific type of food. If you’ve been buying something because it was cheap or easy to get, you may have to give up those luxuries.
Now, food allergies are fairly common in dogs. Some dogs may develop allergies as young as 5 months old, but it is usually closer to two years old before he will show signs. And of course, some dogs will not develop any allergies until their later years.
There are various symptoms that you can look for. One of which is itchiness. This typically will occur around the face and ears, but also around the legs, feet, or even the groin area. If you notice ear infections, that is also a good sign, especially if they are frequent. Additionally, frequent scratching resulting in hair loss can be an indication. You may also notice a yeast infection.
The only problem that you may face is determining the true cause of the symptoms. Anyone who has dealt with dog allergies can tell you that some symptoms overlap a bit. Just because he is showing one particular symptom does not mean that he has one specific allergy. If the symptoms look severe, you may wish to visit the vet and get some guidance.
If you suspect a dog food allergy, there are a few things you can do. One, is to switch brands. There are some brands that are designed for dogs with allergies. Some examples of these are ProPlan, Science Diet, Royal Canine Dog Food, and others. You could also make the dog food yourself if you know how, though not everyone will be willing to do this.
Try to avoid feeding the dog human food. Most of it is not good for him anyway because dogs sometimes have trouble digesting the same foods that we eat. Human stomachs and dog stomachs are not the same.
Also, you should see what kinds of ingredients are in the food you are giving him. There are different choices such as beef, poultry, etc. that you could give him. If you have been giving him one specific kind of food, try something else for a while. If he really likes that flavor, then try a better brand, but be ready to drop that ingredient if he still reacts to it.
Food allergies in dogs can be dealt with if you just take a little time and be smart. Consider what may be affecting him and whether it’s the brand or just a specific ingredient that he doesn’t like. The symptoms from this type of allergy can be very bothersome, so you will definitely want to get this taken care of right away. Of course, it may take a little time to get everything sorted out. Feel free to continue your research online or speak to a vet.