Dog Food Allergy: Symptoms and Treatments
by Pet Qwerks Toys on October 8, 2019
An allergy is your immune systems response towards something that is perceived as a threat by your dog’s body. Food allergies happen when your dog develops a reaction after having an allergen in their diet. If your dog starts to itch themselves like crazy or shakes their head excessively, you should immediately take them to the vet as they might have developed an allergic reaction.
The most common allergic food includes beef, dairy, wheat, egg, lamb, pork, rabbit and fish. In most cases it is not a single allergen and your dog maybe allergic to a combination of allergens. Many dogs have a genetic predisposition of developing allergies. The environment also plays an important role aggravating and alleviating allergic reactions.
Some common symptoms to food allergens include:
- Hairless patches
- Chronic ear infection
- Chronic Flatulence
- Chronically inflamed feet
- Loose stool
- Itching on the face
- Shaking head excessively
- Excessive licking
- Paw biting
- Poor growth and development of a puppy
- Skin infections
- Rashes on the skin
The first step is to identify the allergen and remove from the diet. This may take several days to months, during which time your dog may still experience some symptoms. Your vet may prescribe corticosteroids to relieve and decrease the severity of the symptoms. They may also prescribe antihistamines and anti-allergic to reduce the intensity of allergic reactions. Superimposed skin infections are quite common with allergic reactions so your vet might also prescribe antibiotics side by side to take care of them. Supplements such as omega-3 and probiotics may be added to the diet to strengthen the immune system. Try to avoid raw diets as they may carry bacteria that might just aggravate the allergies or cause another infection. It is best to gradually introduce a new diet. Too many changes at a time may also prove to be harmful for your dog.