Allergies can happen even in puppies. If you notice your dog behaving rather strangely after feeding, this could be the problem. While dog food allergies have a lot of symptoms, most of us don’t suspect foul play at once. So we rounded us some of the most common allergens, tell all symptoms and how to identify them.
Symptoms of dog food allergies
Dry and itchy skin are common signs of food allergies in dogs. Your puppy may start to scratch so much that raw spots will begin to appear on his skin. If you notice your puppy scratching too much, it is better to check his skin condition. You may need to spread his hair backward in order to see his skin if your puppy has a thick coat of fur.
Besides developing itchy skin and rashes, adult dogs are also prone to getting ear infections from food allergies too. You may notice a swelling in the ear accompanied by a foul odor. A discharge coming from one or both ears may occur if the problem persists or is severe enough. Senior dogs may throw up and experience loose stools or diarrhea when they develop allergies to the food they have eaten. All dogs can display a mixture of the common symptoms when they are allergic to food. Most dog foods for puppies or adult dogs contain allergy triggering items such as fillers or dyes.
These are some of the most common allergy symptoms in dogs:
- Swelling of the face, ears, lips, eyelids, or earflaps
- Red, inflamed skin
- Itchy ears
- Chronic ear infections
- Itchy, runny eyes
- Constant licking
If you notice any of the following you might want to start switching up your pet’s diet. If any of the more severe symptoms persist, you should take your pet to the vet for a check up.
Identifying the culprit
If your dog’s symptoms are mild you can start to identify what causes the allergy. An elimination diet is a great way to determine whether your dog is allergic to a certain food. Pay attention to the list of ingredients of the food you have been feeding him. If you suspect a certain item is the cause of the allergy, then try switching up the ingredients. For example, if you have been feeding him food that contains dairy, then change his diet to one that is diary free. If his allergy clear up after changing to the new diet, then you have found the cause of the allergy.
You need to do the elimination diet with each ingredient in the food you have been feeding him originally. Do this until you can identify the cause of his reaction. You need to feed your dog the food without the suspected allergen for at least 5-7 days before coming to a conclusion. Another option is to change the brand of dog food you are buying. And, if you are using regular dog food, you may also consider changing to organic dog food. Organic food does not contain the common allergy foods that is found in regular dog food, such as fillers.
If changing to organic dog food does not help, then consider cooking whole meats for them. If this still does not help, then you will need to take your dog to the vet to test for allergies. Keep in mind that the eliminations method takes quite a while to turn results. So, if your pet’s symptoms are mild to strong then you have to skip this part and go straight to your vet. I will list some of the most common allergens in dog food here:
- beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb, soy, pork, rabbit, fish
I hope you found this article helpful. If you are looking for a solution on how to care for dogs with allergies, then here is a great read for you. Thanks for reading and if you found this article useful, share and like.
Sources: WebMD, American Kennel Club