Common Canine Food Allergies

by Nancy Boland

Just like in humans, a food allergy occurs when a dog’s immune system mistakenly believes a specific food is harmful. The dog’s immune system responds with antibodies, which triggers a series of dangerous symptoms.

Common Canine Food Allergies

Some of these symptoms can include:

  • Chronic Ear Inflammation
  • Itching
  • Paw Biting
  • Poor Coat Quality
  • Obsessive Licking
  • Skin Rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Nausea
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Itchy Rear End
  • Chronic Gas
  • Vomiting


Common Canine Food Allergies

If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, it is extremely important to have them checked out by a vet to determine if the symptoms are indeed signs of a food allergy.

Potentially Triggering Foods

Common Canine Food Allergies. Dogs can be allergic to nearly any specific food ingredient. However, there are certain meats and grains more likely to cause reaction, such as;

  • Pork
  • Rabbit
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Lamb
  • Egg
  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Dairy

To discover which food your dog is negatively reacting to your vet will put your dog on the elimination diet. This is done by solely feeding your dog one or two foods, such as ground turkey and sweet potatoes. Once you’ve established that your dog doesn’t have a reaction to these two foods, more foods can be included until you are able to pin point which is giving the allergic reaction.

If you find that your dog is still suffering from an allergic response, no matter what combination of food you give, then it’s likely your dog is not allergic to a particular food but may suffer an allergy to something else present in the environment, such as pollen, dander, a specific fabric, or a medication.

It can be overwhelming trying to find the source of your dog’s food allergies but with perseverance it is a necessary and ultimately rewarding process that leads to an overall healthier lifestyle for your dog. And that’s always worth the time and effort.

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