Few dog guardians realize that food allergies, and environmental allergies, affect more than just humans. Your pet may suffer from a food allergy or intolerance without you knowing it. What are the symptoms of such allergies and how can you tell that it is time to have allergy tests done at the vet? You can find out in this article!
Common symptoms of food allergy in dogs
Some of the most common and basic signs that your dog is allergic to something he eats are
- fresh and intense scratching and licking,
- paw licking and pinkish coloration between the pads of the paws,
- watery, runny eyes and pinkish discharge from the tear ducts,
- diarrhea and frequent abdominal pain and gas
The symptoms listed above are among the most common manifestations of food allergy. Pay attention to how your dog behaves when a particular behavior occurs and don’t delay in visiting your veterinarian. The “dogs used to eat dinner scraps and be fine” argument unfortunately still comes up in the context of pet food allergies, but remember that times are changing. Allergy symptoms are very inconvenient for your pet, often painful, if you care about the well-being of your four-legged friend, do not ignore the signs he gives you
Less obvious allergy heralds in dogs
Some of the less common signs of a food allergy in your dog may include
- headache, manifested by apathy and pressing the head against cold objects such as a wall or glass,
- frequent bladder or conjunctivitis,
- inflammation in the mouth, mainly on the gums,
Animals instinctively do not show pain, try to hide their weaknesses and rarely admit to illnesses, so it is the responsibility of the guardian to carefully observe the pet and respond appropriately. Any unusual behavior of the dog – unwillingness to interact or play, sluggishness or aggression. All of these abnormalities may be indicative of pain caused, among other things, by a food allergy
How to care for a dog with a food allergy?
If the allergy tests show that your dog has trouble digesting particular foods, you need to find a food for him that does not contain these ingredients. Common allergens are poultry, beef, potatoes, soy or dairy and eggs. The safest diet for an allergy sufferer is BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food). A huge advantage of such a diet is that you choose its ingredients yourself and strictly control what goes into the dog’s bowl and you are sure that there are no things in it that are harmful to the dog. On the other hand, the downside is that improperly conducted BARF feeding can lead to deficiencies in the body. If you decide to feed your dog this way, complete your knowledge and buy the necessary supplements for this diet. Vetfood store has them in its permanent offer
If your dog happens to be allergic, you need to prepare yourself for a long search for the right food, a lot of trials and failures and sleepless nights. Remember, however, not to do anything on your own or inspired by advice on the Internet. Although allergy is an incurable disease, under the supervision of a veterinarian and following his recommendations, you can completely silence the symptoms it gives. Good luck!
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