Food and Allergies
allergies are something that is difficult to identify
unless one is well aware of the baseline information
with regard to this type of allergy. The main symptoms
of food allergies in dogs include the facial itching,
limb chewing, belly itching, recurrent ear infections
or skin infections.
Since the dogs consume lot of prepared
food materials including various kinds of proteins,
fillers, coloring agents and more; in the commercial
food materials, the incidences of food allergies
are more than one can imagine. Allergic reactions
mostly involve the skin or the gastro intestinal
If you come across your dog itching
after the provision of specific food materials,
then suspect the food allergy in this animal. However,
conditions like fungal infections need to be ruled
out in general before the conclusion of itching
as a sign of food allergy.
There are many recorded incidences
of allergies of dogs to corn or to wheat. However,
the food allergies vary from dog to dog. Read the
labels clearly before feeding your dogs with pet
food materials, in such occasions. Too much colored
food materials may be avoided since they may cause
allergies to your dog.
Food allergies are often linked
to the hyper active behavior noticed in the dogs.
Added colors, preservatives, and high fat diet might
cause such food allergies in the dogs and hence,
one has to be careful in providing new kind of diet
to their dogs and closely monitor the dog for any
signs of allergy.
There are many occasions that food
allergies might be diagnosed in the dogs but the
dog may have other problems like pancreatitis. To
rule out the food allergies, observation your dogs
everytime you feed them, look for reasons to link
the signs of dog with food given, specific signs
encountered, differential diagnosis etc. are the
important features to be given emphasis.