Dog food sensitivities account for roughly 20 percent of all dog allergies. The commonest symptom of a food related allergy in dogs is itchy skin especially on feet, legs, armpits, ears, face and anus. Hair loss from biting and scratching, hot spots and skin infections can be side effects of an untreated diet allergy. There are plenty of ingredients that can cause food related allergies in dogs. These are but not restricted to; beef, chicken, eggs, wheat, corn, fish and soy.
Before treating a dietary sensitivity you should cure any secondary infections or conditions that are happening such as skin contagions, mange, yeast-related infections, and so on. Once all these are cured then a food trial may begin.
Most allergies are linked with a selected protein of carbohydrate that’s in the food or treats the dog is eating. A food trial or elimination diet is composed of feeding the dog a food containing a protein source and carbs that the dog has never had before. The trial is composed of 12 weeks of only this food. This means no treats, rawhide or any other type of dog chew (pig ears, bully sticks, etc .), flavored medications, toys or toothpaste of any sort.
If the food for the elimination diet has a version in a can you may use bits of this as treats. The dog must not ramble giving them access to eating things in the yard that may cause these symptoms. I think you get the idea; you do not have to quarantine the dog but ensure the diet is all they are eating or playing with. At the end of the trial the dog is reintroduced to the food they were given to begin with to approve the allergen is in the food.
The remedy for these allergies is avoidance of the things that irritated them in the first place. Short term relief for the symptoms can be done thru the utilization of antihistamines and steroids but the sole cure is through avoidance of the offensive ingredients. At this time your veterinarian may prescribe a specific type of food to put your dog on or you can research a homemade diet. If you decide to utilize a homemade diet it can afford you the power to control exactly everything that goes into the food.
Commercial dog foods aren’t bound by law to list each ingredient on the pet food label. If you go the homemade route makes sure your formula contains all of the nutrient elements your dog needs .