Is your dog consistently itching and scratching, or frequently suffering from ear infections and poor coat quality? Whether you have just switched your dog’s food or they have been eating the same food for years, food allergies can pop up at any time for several reasons.
Just like with in humans, a food allergy occurs when a dog’s immune system responds to a specific food as if it is harmful. Corrina’s Corner is here to help all dogs with food allergies by providing them with simple, real, raw food.
What is a Dog Food Allergy?
Food allergies in your dog are not to be confused with food intolerance. Food intolerance is a result of poor digestion while food allergies are an over-response of your dog’s immune system. If your dog has a food allergy, this means that the proteins in their diet are not being processed normally, therefore causing an upset in the gastrointestinal system.
Signs of Food Allergies in Dogs
Determining if your dog has a food allergy can be tricky. Most of the symptoms are similar to other common allergies or infections seen in dogs. The primary symptom is itchy skin on the face, feet, ears, forelegs, armpits, and rear end.
One way to distinguish if your dog has a food allergy, rather than seasonal allergies, is if your dog has recurrent ear problems, moderate to severe skin problems, and if your dog suffers from allergies year-round.
The most important thing to watch for here is how long your dog has been suffering or if their illness is chronic. Common symptoms of food allergies include:
- Chronic ear inflammation
- Paw biting
- Poor coat quality
- Obsessive licking
- Skin rash
Determining the Source of Your Dog’s Allergy
The best way to determine the source of your dog’s food allergy is to completely change their diet. Making sure that the protein sources like meat, vegetables, and grains that were present in their old diet are not present in the new diet. Once your dog has successfully transitioned to another food, you can slowly start adding back one protein source at a time to determine the allergy trigger.
Common Dog Food Allergies
Food allergies are typically a genetic issue, and are triggered by exposure. Some of the most common ingredients in dog food that cause allergies include beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb, soy, pork, rabbit, and fish. Unfortunately, when you determine that your dog has a food allergy, they are often allergic to more than one ingredient.
Change Your Dog’s Diet with Help from Corrina’s Corner
If your dog is suffering from chronic ear infections or itchy skin, chances are they have a food allergy. Contact the experts at Corrina’s Corner to help you determine what to do after your dog has been diagnosed with a food allergy.
We can help you change your dog’s diet and strive to provide high-quality raw foods that are affordable and convenient. Contact us online or start shopping now to get your dog’s diet on the right track.