At first glance, it might seem that allergies are a human domain. But the truth remains that various forms of allergies can also affect our four-legged pets. In addition to allergies to pollen, mold or fleas, food allergies are also very common in dogs. Let's focus on the last mentioned type of allergy, which can make life unpleasant for your pet.
How do I know if my dog is allergic?
Food allergy in dogs can manifest itself in different ways. The most common symptom is digestive problems – from diarrhea and vomiting to frequent flatulence. In the same way, an allergy can also be manifested by intense itching in the area of the face, eyes, ears, paws and anus. So, if your dog scratches fiercely, definitely keep your eyes peeled. In some cases, the allergy can also be manifested by a rash and small pimples on the skin. At the same time, the dog's behavior may change. Dogs suffering from allergies can be irritable or lethargic. Last but not least, you can recognize a food allergy by the fact that your dog has no appetite or refuses to eat a certain type of food.
Also, keep in mind that the symptoms of a food allergy are very similar to those of other types of allergies or health problems. So, as soon as you notice that your four-legged friend is uncomfortable, seek veterinary help immediately.
The most common food allergies
As already mentioned in the introduction, food allergies are a relatively common health problem in dogs. You can often encounter, for example, an allergy to meat protein, or an allergy to chicken, beef or pork. Very often, certain components of dog kibble, i.e. wheat and corn, are problematic for dogs. You can also find soy in some granules, which again can cause an allergic reaction in some dogs. An allergy to lactose or artificial additives and preservatives is not exceptional either. On the contrary, we consider an allergy to eggs or fish to be a less common allergy.
Help, my dog is allergic
If you have found out that your dog has a food allergy, don't worry. First of all, contact a veterinarian who will thoroughly examine the dog. The good news is that you can currently find a number of hypoallergenic granules, preserves and treats on the market, so every "allergy sufferer" will find something for himself. Likewise, there are canine probiotics on the market that support a healthy intestinal microflora, or special food supplements for allergic dogs.