Food allergy occurring in our pet is not conditioned by the season. It lasts until the allergenic products are eliminated and is bothersome for the owner and the pet. Read the article and find out how to fight it!
A food allergy is nothing more than a signal sent by the body informing of hypersensitivity to an ingredient contained in food. Most often these are animal or plant proteins. The body of your pet begins to treat the protein as a foreign body and wants to get rid of it from the body as soon as possible
Symptoms of allergy
If there is a possibility that your dog has eaten the substance that causes allergy in him, watch him closely. The most common symptoms of allergy are: itching, sneezing, runny nose, diarrhea, tearing, vomiting, ear problems, dandruff, matting of the coat or licking the affected areas.
Food allergy is mainly skin changes and constant itching. Your four-legged dog scratches itself, which may cause wounds and tearing of fur. Symptoms may be similar to inhalation allergies or flea allergies. Pay attention to your pet’s ears. If there is an allergy, you will definitely notice more wax being secreted or an unpleasant smell coming from the ear.
This is a disease that affects pets of all ages, especially young dogs. There are some breeds that are particularly prone to food allergies. These include boxers, bulldogs, German Shepherds, Shar Pei, pugs, cocker spaniels, golden retrievers, Labradors and miniature schnauzers.
What should you do if you have an allergy?
First of all, you should go to a doctor, who will verify your suspicions. Most likely, he will order a blood and stool test. The vet will certainly interview you, in which he will ask you in detail about potential allergens and diet in recent months
You can help your pet by eliminating allergens from his diet. Try to replace the current protein source with a new ingredient that your dog has not yet been exposed to. In addition, give up cheap foods that have too generally written composition. A general description like “meat” on the package won’t give you specific information about what’s inside.
You can opt for the help of a professional in preparing the food for your pet. In addition, supplements can help, which, when properly applied, will alleviate allergy symptoms.
It’s a good idea to opt for food that comes straight from the veterinarian’s office. This is a diet food with medicinal features. It will certainly supplement nutrients and minerals necessary for proper functioning of the body.
What allergies do dogs face most often?
Specific products that directly cause allergies are not highlighted. The quadrupeds most often have a problem with substances that are in their food. Eggs, chicken meat, lamb or dairy products will cause an allergy. Wheat, corn or soy will also be allergenic factors.
Dyes, flavor enhancers and preservatives are a concern for many owners. It’s hard to find products free of all enhancers. Unfortunately, such product additions are highly allergenic and should be avoided.
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