The Five Most Common Foods Dogs Are Allergic to.
First let’s clarify allergies.
Food allergies and Food Sensitivity’s, although their symptoms; bloating, gas, diarrhea, scratching, paw licking, ear infections, skin issues and other unpleasant reactions, can appear to be the similar, however allergy reaction to foods can be life threatening. Food Sensitivity’s are when your dog is unable to digest and process foods correctly, usually due to a lack of enzymes, thus causing food to enter the bloodstream and cause a reaction known as leaky gut. A food allergy occurs when your dog’s immune system generates an antibody response after it has been ingested.
In the majority of cases, dogs actually have a sensitivities as opposed to a allergy, however over time if not corrected, it can lead in to an allergy and be difficult to pinpoint. When it comes to allergies many people may not suspect the dogs food as the cause of their dog’s itching because they have been feeding the same food all its life. The truth is our dogs can develop food sensitivities to at any time and more-so when the same food is fed day after day after year after year.
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Most Common Foods That Dogs Are
Allergic Sensitive To
1. Dairy Products
Dairy products are one of the most common allergies in dogs. Milk, cheese, and yogurt are all dairy products that contain a protein called casein, which is what dogs are typically allergic to. If your dog is displaying any of the aforementioned symptoms and you suspect he or she is allergic to dairy, you should remove dairy and see if they improve. In some cases it may take 10 – 14 days before seeing improvement.
Wheat is another common food dogs are sensitive to. Wheat contains a protein called gluten, which dogs can be allergic to. If your dog has a wheat allergy, he or she will likely experience gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting and diarrhea. It’s important to note that not all dogs who are allergic to wheat will have a negative reaction to corn—so if your dog seems fine after eating corn-based products but not wheat-based products, it’s possible that he or she has a wheat sensitivity.
Like dairy products and wheat, eggs contain proteins that some dogs can be sensitive to—in this case, the protein is called ovalbumin. If your dog is allergic to eggs, he or she will likely experience gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting and diarrhea.
Soybeans are another common allergen in dogs. The protein that dogs are typically allergic to in soybeans is called beta-conglycinin. Just like with other food allergies, if your dog is allergic to soy, he or she will likely experience gastrointestinal distress and skin problems such as excessive itching and hot spots.
Chicken is by far the most common allergen in dogs—approximately 60% of all food-sensitive dogs are sensitive to chicken! If your dog is allergic to chicken, he or she will likely experience vomiting and/or diarrhea after consuming chicken (or any product containing chicken).