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There are very few types of hypoallergenic dog foods available in the market. If your dog has allergies, then it is important that you find these very rare types of dog food for your dog. In order to understand what a dog with food allergies require, you need to learn more about what they are and how they are caused.
The allergic reactions that dogs experience from food can be described as many things ranging from simple ‘allergies’ to ‘hypersensitivity’. An allergy or hypersensitivity to a food occurs when the pet has already been exposed to that food. However, the ‘intolerance’ of food can occur even when your dog is having that specific food for the first time. Allergies, hypersensitivity, and intolerance all display the same symptoms and can be difficult to tell about without professional help.
While humans experience allergic reactions like vomiting or shortness of breath, the allergic reactions experienced by our canine friends are often rashes and growths on the surface of their skin. These rashes and growths can be both irritating and painful.
Common Signs Of Food Allergies:
The most common sign that your dog might be allergic to something is if they’re constantly itching. It can be isolated to just one part (like the ears and feet), or it can also be spread through their whole body. Some dogs also experience gassiness, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Causes Of Food Allergies:
Allergies in dogs are usually from proteins commonly found in the plant-based or animal ingredients in their diet. The broken down molecules in the protein can be misidentified by the body as potential threats. The most common food allergens are dairy, beef, chicken, and wheat. The symptoms of food allergies can develop from a young age itself and develop over time if left unnoticed.
What Foods Can A Dog With Allergies Eat?
After your veterinarian properly diagnoses your dog’s allergy, he will work with you to come up with a diet plan that consists of hypoallergenic foods for your dog. Prescription hypoallergenic dog food is more effective and of higher quality than food that can be bought over the counter. Dog food that’s bought over the counter may contain additional allergens that can make your dog sicker than he already is.
Eliminating valuable sources of protein and dairy from your dog’s diet without consulting a veterinarian first is a really bad idea. The blind elimination of essential nutrients can result in an imbalance in your dog’s body that can cause adverse effects on his health. By doing this, you are just putting a damper on the problem and not actually identifying the cause.
Consult your veterinarian at the first sign that your dog may be suffering from an allergy.