Did You Know...
59% of those surveyed say pets are good for their health and the
health of their family and help them relax. 40% say that owning
a dog motivates them to exercise on a regular basis.
Three-quarters of dog owners consider their dog like a child or
family member and more than half of cat owners say the same (NPOS).
Are Dog Food and Skin Allergies Related?
Skin allergies related to dog food is much more common than
people realize. Food allergy is the third most common type of
allergy in dogs, after parasites (flea bites) and atopy
(inhalant). An allergic reaction to an ingredient in food is
characterized by skin problems and irritations.
Food Allergy Symptoms
The primary symptom of a food allergy in your dog is very
itchy skin. Other symptoms include:
Excessive itching, scratching, licking or chewing
Hot spots from excessive scratching and chewing
Rashes on the skin
Red and scaly patches on the skin
Pawing at the face and/or ears
Stomach and digestive problems
Excessive and foul smelling gas
Increased incidence of bowel movements
Breathing problems similar to allergies or asthma
Eye inflammation or infections
Recurrent ear infections
Ingredients that seem to trigger sensitivity most often are
wheat, corn and dairy products, although the allergen could be
the chemicals in the food itself. Finding the ingredient your
dog is allergic to is as easy as a process of elimination. If
you give your dog a diet with variety, isolate one type of food
at a time and see how he reacts.You can also simply try various
dog foods made for sensitive stomachs or made with organic
ingredients. An allergy to food doesn't always appear
immediately. It may take weeks, months or even years to develop
and show symptoms in your dog.
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