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Food Allergies In Dogs

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Food allergies may be difficult to identify.  The symptoms of allergies in dogs are easy to mistake for other conditions.

The symptoms of food allergies are:

  • Skin infections
  • Facial and belly itching
  • Limb chewing
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Hair loss
  • Hot spots

Common Culprits of Food Allergies

The most common causes of food allergies in dogs are:

  • Corn
  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Fish
  • Soy products

Dealing With Suspected Food Allergies – Elimination Diet

An elimination is when you remove specific foods/ingredients from your dog’s diet.  This often involves changing to a completely different diet, one that your dog has never eaten before (examples include rabbit and barley or buffalo and couscous).  Often a dog owner will start a homemade diet as it makes it easier to control the ingredients.  The elimination diet should continue for at least three months.  During this period of time, your dog should not be allowed to eat or play with flavored toys.  Access to garbage should be severely restricted.

During the three month period, food/ingredients are gradually re-introduced.  The proper method is to introduce one food item a week and closely observing the dog.  Then remove the item for several days and start another new item.

After identifying the allergic ingredient, you may need to search commercial dog food ingredients for it.  If it is a common ingredient, you may need to make homemade food for your dog for the rest of their life.

I cook for my two dogs every day.  It is a labor of love for me.  My dogs are my furry children.

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