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Dog Food Allergies

What is dog food allergy?

When a dog is allergic to a food there are some symptoms that are shown to identify that the dog’s stomach is not doing well. These symptoms can include vomiting, itching, or even a rash. An allergy takes place when a dog’s immune system wrongly recognizes a certain ingredient as a danger to the dog. When that happens the dog’s immune system quickly creates antibodies to battle the bad food. Read below where many Experts have answered individuals’ questions regarding dog food allergies.

What can an individual do for a Shih Tzu that has food allergies that is covered in red bumps?

In many cases, the dog may have hives, these are not typically dangerous except if the hives have caused swelling and are affecting the dogs breathing. The individual may want to keep an eye on the dogs breathing. Now as for treating the condition the dog is experiencing, you can try a couple of different things. Benadryl or prednisones normally work very well. When giving the dog either of these medications you first may need to know the weight of the dog. The normal dose of Benadryl is 1 mg for every pound the dog weight. As for the prednisone it is ½ for the dog’s weight. You may want to wait 30 to 45 minutes for the medicines to take effect.

What could cause a dog’s stomach to turn black, when the dog has food allergies?

The most likely cause is lichenification. Lichenification is where the skin has become very irritated for a long period of time; the skin will try to protect itself by turning a black color. After some time the skin can become a ruff feeling and thicker. This is a very ordinary condition for a dog that has long term allergies.

What can you do for a Shih Tzu that has food allergies that is losing weight?

In many cases where a dog that has food allergies is losing weight a hydrolyzed protein diet has helped. The goal of this diet is to interrupt the proteins in the diet well enough to get rid of the allergens. The major dog food companies that have these special diets are Hills and Purina. If neither of those works you may try other protein diets such as the duck and potato, or Whitefish and Potato diets.

Why is my dog with food allergies not wanting to eat or drink anything, and is jittery the dog is on several medications?

Medications most of the time play a big role in the appetite of a dog. To figure out whether or not it is the medication causing the problem you might try taking the dog off of the medication for around 24 hours. In this period of time the dog should regain its appetite if it is the medication causing the dog not to eat. As for the jitteriness this is usually caused also from something the dog is taking most likely prednisone it can also cause increased urination. When you take the dog off all its medications you should be able to see if that is what is causing all of the symptoms.

When a dog starts vomiting and having a rash many dog owners begin to wonder what could be wrong with their dog. Most owners don’t realize that these symptoms can be caused by a food allergy. Food allergies are very common for dogs and can be very serious. For more information regarding dog food allergies, contact the thousands of Experts for fast and reliable answers.

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