You would not want to see your dog suffering from food allergies, won’t you? So, a bit of explanation, food allergies in dogs can cause them a lot of pain and worse, death.
If you have noticed some behavioral changes or physical changes in their fur, then it is most likely they are suffering from food allergies.
Food allergy is the most common type of allergic reaction amongst dogs. If your fur baby has a food allergy, their immune system reacts to it and produces antibodies, and then causes an overreaction. These reactions are what is causing them to feel under the weather or cause a change in their usual behaviors.
Listed below are the 4 most common causes of food allergies in dogs:
These food allergens are packed with hormones that humans inject into. These hormones can cause an imbalance in their system and complicate their health. Make sure that you give them food that is natural and hormone-free.
I Think My Dog Is Suffering from an Allergic Reaction, What Steps Should I Take
If you notice some drastic changes in their physical appearance and behaviors such as their fur falling out, excessive scratching, or red spots in their skin, call your veterinarian right away.
By talking to your local veterinarian, they will be able to know the exact cause of the reaction because symptoms of allergic reactions to food differ from symptoms of allergic reactions to parasites and skin infections.
Jot down and let your veterinarian know you have noticed and when you noticed them, this way, it is faster and easier for them to find the cause and treat your dog. List down all the things you fed your dog or where your dog had been.
What Are the Signs of an Allergic Reaction to Food in Dogs?
The list below is composed of the 4 most common signs of food allergies in dogs so take note.
If you have noticed that your dog has been scratching its skin more than it usually does, then check out for blotchy, irritated, or red skin. These itchy patches can sometimes be found in only a specific area in their ears, feet, armpits, groin, face, neck, or perineum, or they can just be itchy all over their bodies. Ear infections are common too; An infected ear can be red, painful to touch, discharge a waxy-yellow or reddish-brown stuff, and dogs would shake their heads or scratch their ears a lot.
There are also higher chances of having secondary infections such as yeast or bacterial infection because dogs scratch or bite the infected area so aggressively. These infections can cause skin inflammation, hair loss, pustules, and body odor.
If you have been feeding them food that they are allergic to for a long time, chances are, they have been scratching them causing chronic trauma to the skin from constant chewing and scratching. This can darken and thicken the skin in the affected area. Dandruff build-up called Seborrhea that can be found along the top of a dog’s back can also be a sign of a food allergy.
Vomiting or Diarrhea
If your dog vomits or if their stools are wet, then they most likely have ingested something they are allergic to. Vomiting and diarrhea can cause mild to severe dehydration and nausea so contact your veterinarian right away.
If your dog has become hyperactive, lacking energy, or aggressive out of the blue, then it might be caused by a food allergy. Behavioral changes are telltale signs that something is wrong with your dog. So, pay very close attention to these changes as sometimes they are also too subtle to notice.
Sudden Loss of Appetite and Weight loss
If your dog suddenly lost its appetite and weight, it might be caused by something they have ingested or something that you have newly introduced in their diet. Jot down all things you have fed your dog and let your veterinarian know about them.
Better to be Safe than Sorry
It is always better to ask for professional help rather than just asking the internet. Contact your veterinarian right away if you have noticed those signs mentioned above to avoid further implications.
Make sure to mention everything you have seen and noticed so that it would be easier for your veterinarian to diagnose your dog.
Important: This article is for informational purposes only. We always recommend that you go to a trusted vet with your pet first.