Dog Food Allergy – Save Your Dog from the Threats of Food Allergy
By Michael Lee
If you're allergic to any kind
of food, then you already have a good idea how uncomfortable
it is. At its worst, it's even dangerous. So you can probably
imagine how terrible dog food allergy can be for your
pet. Dog food allergy is said to be the third most common
form of allergy in dogs; but despite this, it remains that there
is no one particular cause of this condition.
Some believe that ingredients
like wheat and soy negatively affect dogs, while others think
that certain proteins are the culprits. Nevertheless, you should
be on the lookout for any signs of dog food allergy in
The most common sign of dog
food allergy is excessive scratching. If you notice your
dog scratching a lot or constantly gnawing at parts of his body,
you must first check if it is being caused by fleas. If not,
then you can assume that allergy is causing it. Other symptoms
may include vomiting and diarrhea.
To check for dog food allergy,
the food trial test is implemented. This involves modifying
your dog's diet for a period of time, usually under the supervision
of a veterinarian who can make the observations and diagnosis,
as well as any additional tests.
You should gradually introduce a
different set of food, alternating it with your dog's usual food
items until he gets used to his new diet. You should observe your
dog's condition for about twelve weeks; and if he improves, that
means a change in diet is needed.
It was believed that a combination
of lamb and rice was the best option for dogs suffering from food
allergy; but nowadays, this idea is rebuffed, particularly because
commercially-produced lamb-and-rice dog food mixes contain substances
that can further aggravate dog food allergy. Veterinarians
suggest other options, like fish or rabbit. Homemade dog food
is the better alternative, provided they're well balanced.
If you find that your pet has a case
of dog food allergy, don't fret; it's not the end of the
world for your furry friend. This simply means that he just requires
food that is different from the kind you usually feed him. In time,
you'll be able to find the perfect food that will keep your dog
healthy and prevent dog food allergy from acting up.
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