Believe it or not, food allergies are more common among dogs than we actually realize. This may be because we expect dogs to be harder than any other household pet, when in actuality; they are also prone to allergic reactions and skin irritations/problems.
Allergic reactions don’t necessarily mean that your dog will always be guaranteed to have an upset stomach as an obvious sign of an allergy attack or food sensitivity, rather sensitivity to food can gradually build up over a period of time. Statistics taken of dog food allergies that occurred after consuming the same dog food over a period of more than two years have shown to be about 70%. This means that the chance of your dog developing a food allergy to the same food, versus a food allergy to a newly introduced brand of dog food, is extremely high. Considering this statistical percentage, this indicates that your dog may be building up intolerance, rather than a tolerance, to his regular brand of dog chow.
Here, you will find a resourceful list of- Popular breeds of dogs known to have food allergies, common triggers for allergies, and dog food allergy symptoms.
Popular Breeds of Dogs known to have food allergies- Here is a common list of dogs that are genetically disadvantaged to have food ingredient related allergies: Labrador Retrievers, Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, Terriers, and Schnauzers.
Common Triggers for Allergies
Certain food ingredients can cause allergies in canines, both internally and externally. This means that not only can allergies be triggered by ingestion, but also can occur from a simple case of skin contact to one or more of the following: pollen dust, weeds, fleas, beef, yeast, chicken, wheat, dairy products, preservatives and food colorings, tomatoes, fermented cheese, and egg whites. These are just a few common items from a broader list of identified triggers. The best way of verifying actual triggers is to have your veterinarian conduct an allergy trigger test for a more comprehensive list for your dog.
Dog Food Allergy Symptoms
Common allergy symptoms include one or more of the following: Rubbing/pawing at the face area and ears, Hotspots, rashes, red/scaly patches, itching, licking, scratching (abdomen, feet, tail, and/or legs), and frequent head shaking (wiki). Other possible food allergy symptoms (in absence of skin irritations) are: chronic ear infections, aggressive/hyperactive behavior problems, eye irritation, inflammation, infection, difficulty breathing (similar to human asthma),
Your licensed veterinarian may recommend an “elimination diet”, in which you will gradually remove any non-offending possible allergy triggers from a list of common triggers. The way this works is- a new brand of dog food is introduced (only for elimination diet purposes), then gradually, the regular brand of dog food is reintroduced back into the dog’s diet; until allergy symptoms appear will be the only method of determining true allergy culprits. There are special dog food formulations especially made for dogs that exhibit food allergies and sensitivities. Results should show after about one month after making the new change to a different brand of dog food.