Dog Food Allergy Symptoms – Do You Know What They Are? (And What to do About Them?)
Dog allergy symptoms can results from a number of types of allergies. This article will focus on dog food allergy symptoms and what to do about them.
Before we get specific, here is one list of Dog Allergy Symptoms:
- Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
- Increased scratching
- Itchy, runny eyes
- Itchy back or base of tail (most commonly flea allergy)
- Itchy ears and ear infections
- Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
- Paw chewing/swollen paws
- Constant licking
There may also be bacterial or yeast skin infections. These infections may cause hair loss along with crusts or scabs.
Why Do Our Fur-babies Have Dog Allergy Symptoms?
Dogs react (just like two-legged people) when their immune systems recognize that certain everyday substances are dangerous. It doesn’t matter if the substances are really dangerous or not. If the automatic systems in the body classifies them as dangerous then the automatic defense systems kick in. Dogs with allergies can show extreme reactions to things around that most people and animals recognize as harmless. The substances (called allergens) can be inhaled, ingested or just be in contact with the dog’s skin. The body’s defense systems tries to rid itself of these allergens and we see a variety of dog allergy symptoms – some are skin reactions, some are digestive reactions and some are respiratory reactions.
While covering the entire topic of allergies would take a medical degree, there are three common categories that we CAN learn to recognize and work with.
Three Categories of Dog Allergy Symptoms
- Dog Flea Allergies and Solutions
- Dog Food Allergy Symptoms And Solutions – Covered here.
- Dog Environmental Allergies and Solutions.
Dog Food Allergy Symptoms
You dog can be or can become allergic to something that he or she is eating. The symptoms are often digestive problems (e.g. gas, vomiting or diarrhea), but may also show as one or more of these symptoms.
- Red, irritated eyes
- Discharge from their nose
- Inflamed ears
- Itchy or oozing skin
- Swollen paws
- Sneezing, coughing or asthma like symptoms.
What May Have Caused These Dog Food Allergy Symptoms?
If you have recently changed your dog food or the treats you give you dogs, consider this as a source of the allergy. There may be something in the new food that is causing the reaction.
If the dog has been eating the same food for years, they may have developed an allergy to it. Just like humans, dogs can develop allergies over time. Some of these allergies are caused by pesticides and chemicals (like antibiotics) in the food. Some dogs also develop sensitivity to grain and carbohydrates.
What Can I Do About These Dog Food Allergy Symptoms?
This is definitely a case where you are best working with a vet who understands allergies. They will help you eliminate things in your dog’s diet until you isolate the substance that is causing the reaction. This will take time – often months – since the body must eliminate the build up of toxins before the symptoms will go away.
For dogs older than one year, there is a saliva test developed by Dr. Jean Dobbs that will test for allergies to beef, corn, wheet, soy, eggs and milk. New tests are being added all the time. Dr. Jean Dodds’ Nutriscan saliva test
There are also supplements that you vet can suggest that will help detoxify the body and reduce the symptoms.
Be observant. If you see your fur-baby in distress, try to determine the root cause of the problem and deal with it. Checking with your vet is almost always advised.
This is one of a three part series on Dog Allergy Symptoms and Suggested Solutions.
Part two is Dog Food Allergy Symptoms (this article)