When this happens, your dog will break into hives, itch, bite his paws, lick himself obsessively, feel nauseous, and even vomit.
Some dog food ingredients commonly trigger allergy. These are the following:
· Food contaminants
When it's food allergy, and when it's food intolerance
However, you might want to make sure before anything else that food is the cause of your dog's allergic reaction. For all you know, it might be something else! In fact, foods ingested by your dog only accounts for 10% of all allergies.
It might also be food intolerance, and not just food allergy. The differences between the two are quite important. To begin with, food allergy is a problem related to the immune system, while food intolerance is a digestive problem. Food intolerance manifests itself through nausea, bloating, gas, digestive distress, diarrhea, and vomiting.
How you can treat dog food allergies
After you've determined that the cause of your dog's allergy is food, you will need to take steps to treat it immediately. Here's a procedure to help you address your dog's food allergy.
Step 1: Bring your dog to the vet
Before you even attempt to treat your dog on your own, you might want to get the professional opinion of an expert. For one, it may be caused by other illnesses aside from the food that your dog just ate. In fact, it might not even be food allergy at all, but flea allergy dermatitis or canine atopy. In other cases, a precription from the vet will be required to treat ear or skin infections in your dog. If it is indeed food allergy, your vet will most likely issue a temporary prescription diet for your dog.
Step 2: Start your dog on a hypoallergenic diet
If it turns out that your dog has food allergy, either because of your vet's diagnosis or because your dog has eaten something that you know for a fact has caused him allergy in the past, it might be time put your fur baby on a hypoallergenic diet. Don't worry--there are hypoallergenic versions of commercial dog foods that are easy to buy in case you need one immediately.
Or, you can always cook your own dog food--with your own signature TLC. It's quite easy! All you need to do is fix up a meal comprising starch and protein meat, so your dog can get enough calories. There are many protein and carbohydrates sources to choose from: salmon with rice, chicken with rice, and duck with potatoes. Follow this diet for about 10 weeks--choose only one of the three, and if the problem doesn't get fixed by then, switch to a different source altogether.
Step 3: Reintroduce your dog to his favorite diets
Once your dog's allergic reaction to the food subsides, you can start reintroducing common food items once a week. This way, you can find out what is causing the allergy and eliminate the food from your diet. Once a recently introduced food to the diet triggers an allergic reaction, then you'd have found out what's causing the food allergy.
Food allergy in dogs can be serious, but it's not something you should panic about. At the end of the day, keeping yourself informed will help best in addressing this problem. Don't panic--as long as you know exactly what to do, your dog will be in great hands!