Like humans, dogs can suffer from allergies, even food allergies. About 10% of all allergies in dogs are food allergies. Note, that intolerance is not the same as an allergy. Food allergies can be triggered by whatever the dog is allergic to. The dog is genetically predisposed to have an allergic reaction to certain foods, most commonly beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb, soy, pork, rabbit, and fish. It is unlikely that your pet is allergic to all the foods on the above list; however, generally, dogs which suffer from food allergies are allergic to more than one food type.
If you are worried and want to know if your dog has food allergies, you should first pay attention to their behavior to see if they are showing signs of allergic reactions. The signs can be anything from a persistent ear infection, the licking of feet, itchy butt, to chronic gas and/or diarrhea. So pay attention to your dogs behavior and if something does seem out of the ordinary behavior, then it is advisable to first see a veterinarian to eliminate any other causes. But if it is determined that the problems are due to some kind of allergic reaction the next step is to try and find out what the dog is allergic to by using the elimination diet. The idea here is to change the dog?s diet completely, and have him eat a different kind of food, and then reintroduce each of the ingredients from the old food back into its diet, and see which ingredient(s) triggers the allergic reaction.
Food allergies can take some time to surface, so just because your dog has not shown any signs of being allergic to a certain type of food, it does not mean that it cannot develop an allergy later on. Usually, it takes some time for the boy to react severely enough to an allergen where it makes a visible difference in the health of the animal.
Common Dog Food Allergies
There are a variety of dog food allergies. Below is a list of the most common types of allergies that dog owners may come across.
- Protein (e.g., beef, chicken, lamb, fish)