Food Allergies In Dogs
About 20% of allergy cases in dogs have been traced back to ingredients in pet food. If your pet keeps on licking his feet, scratching all over his body, and suffers from recurrent ear infections, he might just be suffering from food allergy.
Most cases start to develop when a dog is about 1 year of age. This is often caused by the overreaction of the immune system to a specific ingredient in his pet food.
Food allergies and food intolerances are two different things. Skin itching is a cardinal sign in food allergies, while vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss have been associated with food intolerance.
Unlike other forms of allergies, there is no specific test which can help diagnose a food allergy. A hypersensitive dog should undergo an elimination diet to rule out allergies to specific ingredients in pet food. Before a dog is subjected to an elimination diet, your vet will first determine if the allergy is not caused by flea allergy, contact allergy, or illness.
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