What is the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance?  This post will take a look at food allergies in dogs.

Dog with allergies

Is your dog constantly scratching his ears or licking and biting his paws?   Does he suffer from skin rashes or red inflamed skin, hair loss or chronic ear problems?  Does it happen year round, regardless of the season?  These could possibly be signs of a food allergy.

You wondered if it could be a food allergy, but you’ve been feeding him the same food for several years and he hasn’t had any problems until several months ago.  How could that dog food now be causing a problem?

Food allergies can appear at any age, in any breed, and often take time to develop.  The food allergy occurs when the immune system overreacts to a particular food ingredient, usually after repeated exposure.

So what are the most common causes of food allergies in dogs?

  • Beef
  • Dairy
  • Chicken
  • Lamb
  • Fish
  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Yeast

Chihuahua scratching

Your dog might also be reacting to inappropriate ingredients like additives and preservatives that are typically found in most commercial pet foods.

What should you do if you see any of these signs or symptoms in your dog?  Certainly a visit to your veterinarian is in order.  The best way to find the source of the allergy is usually an elimination diet.

For more information on pet food allergies and an elimination diet, there is an excellent video by Dr. Karen Becker, an integrative wellness veterinarian, that you can watch here.

In our next post we will take a look at a food intolerance in dogs and how that is different from a food allergy.

 

At Eli & Jojo’s, all of our treats are grain-free.  This eliminates the worry of allergies to grains.  We never use any artificial ingredients, preservatives, colors or flavors, and absolutely no fillers or by-products.  Every ingredient is organic and human-grade quality, which means you can buy it in a grocery store and you probably have it in your own home.  Yes, you could eat our dog treats!