Many dog parents worry about changes in their pet’s behavior. One thing that can be a cause of a change in your dog’s behavior that is often missed is a food allergy. Food allergies can cause your dog to suddenly start scratching himself, even if you’ve found no signs of fleas or tics. They can cause chronic ear infections and even hot spots.
All breeds of dogs are susceptible to food allergies and they can be caused by:
1. The Quality of your dog’s food
The quality of your dog’s daily means is the first place you should look when allergy symptoms arise. Filler ingredients are the main cause of food allergies, espcially with low quaility foods, as they tend to use wheat, corn, or soy (or all three), and these low quality ingredients can cause issues for many types of dogs.
Dogs do not process wheat, corn, or soy very well. Can you imagine as a human, having a wheat allergy, and being fed nothing but packaged bread? It would cause GI infections and severe allergy symptoms.
Even if your dog eats a high quality food, there can still be ingredients that simply don’t agree with their system.
Here at PupJoy, we recommend that you consult your dog’s vet. A good vet will look at the dog food and make suggestions on the ingredients and offer alternatives. We also offer grain-free and gluten-free treats to spoil your pup.
2. Allergies That Come With Age
Sometimes aging can cause allergies in dogs (just like us). If your dog is an adult and has been eating the same food for years, the problem can be as simple as allergies developed to typically non-harmful ingredients. This is where a vet is worth their weight in gold, and should be consulted before switching your dog’s food.
3. Inflammation and Injury
If your dog has been sick, internal inflammation in their stomach or intestines may be the cause of their food allergies. When their body is inflamed, a dog’s immune system will add defenses to protect their organs. Even healthy food can get caught in the immune system’s fight, causing an allergic reaction.
Warning Signs for Food Allergies
- Excessive scratching
- Recurring ear problems
- Coughing, sneezing, wheezing, or watery eyes
- Trouble breathing
- Inflamed skin, or hot spots
Eliminating Food Allergies
The primary way to eliminate food allergies is to locate where the allergies are coming from. Have a vet run blood tests or make a recommendation on the diet. They may prescribe medications to help your dog until they identify a solution.
Nutrition is usually the cause of the food allergy, so be sure to share all food-related info with your vet to help diagnose the problem and eliminate it.