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Food Allergy in Dog
What is a food allergy in dogs?
Food allergies may be one of the more common reasons for a dog to have an allergic itch or scratch. This type of allergy could happen at any age, food allergy may not be specified to a certain age group or breed type. There may be several different types of food that a dog could be allergic to such as, milk, fish, pork, grains, soy products, chicken, eggs, beef, horse meant or potatoes. Usually a dog may need to be open to the allergen more than just once, to be qualified as allergy. Some veterinaries may require that the dog be on the same diet for around 2 years, before a food allergy could be considered.
What are the most common symptoms of food allergies in dogs?
A dog that has food allergies may have several symptoms that may be shown. These symptoms may include but are not limited to, severe inflammation, intestinal problems, chronic diarrhea, feet licking, constant gas or itchy hind end. These symptoms may be shown but not all dogs may have these symptoms or any at all. For more information regarding food allergies in dogs such as, can food allergies cause serious long term affects to a dog or can a dog die from food allergies. Read below where an Expert has answered many questions over food allergies in dogs.
How long will it take for a food allergy to go away if the dog is no longer eating the food?
A dog that has a food allergy may not turn its nose up to food even if the dog is allergic. This could be a serious issue for a dog; this could make a dog very sick or have a chronic allergic reaction. In the case where a dog does become ill from a food allergy, it may be a good idea to no longer allow the dog to eat this food again. Considering the dog has not eaten the food that caused the allergy again it may take around 30 to 45 days for the food allergy to resolve. If the issue has not gone away then it may be time to take the dog to see a veterinarian to have the issue looked at.
What can be done for a dog that has chronic food allergies that may not be getting enough protein?
Typically when a dog has a severe case of food allergies, this could cause a dog to have trouble with a balanced diet. In some cases a hypoallergenic food may be best for a dog with a very severe food allergy. It may be alright to test different foods, by adding a little bit of a new food to the preexisting food. In some cases a dog may not be able to eat foods that have proteins; these dogs may need to be on a strict hypoallergenic diet.
Could mixing a young dogs food be a problem?
In some cases if a dog owner mixes foods, this could engage a food allergy. Some dog owners may not even know that their dog is allergic to foods until trying to switch to a different brand of dog food. It may be a good idea to pick one type of food that the dog likes and doesn’t bother the dog’s stomach and stick to the food.
Food allergies may be quite common in dogs; this could be either a mild or chronic condition. Some dogs may have skin issues from food allergies; other cases a dog may just have an upset stomach. In the case where a dog has any problem over 48 hours it may be best if the dog is seen by a veterinarian. For more information pertaining to food allergy in dogs such as, is there a certain age dogs get food allergies or can food allergies cause death to a dog. Contact an Expert for these answers and many others.
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Hi my 25lb beagle is itching like crazy. She does every summer... Licks her paws etc. Vet said can use antihistamine Benadryl but it isn't helping with 25mg pill. Even did 1 1/2 pills last night and it didn't seem to help. Looked on website that said other ones can be effective but not sure of dosing
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3 Months GI Issues in 2.5 YO Beagle
Hello. In April, 3-4 weeks after moving to a new household and yard (with 2 other dogs) my dog began showing GI distress one evening. Earlier that evening she had been chewing on a bone. Her symptoms were hiccupping, frantically licking floor, eating grass. She vomited 5 times that night. Next day had x-rays and scope done to disprove foreign body (worried from bone). Scope showed mild (3 out of 10) esophagitis at base, no foreign body through stomach. Told to give Pepcid and Purina EN for 1 week.
Symptoms persisted and were linked to feeding times. Would hiccup/gulp/lick up to 4 hours after eating. Showing soft stools, but not going more frequently than normal. Vet did gramm stain, gave metronidazole (despite being clear), said xrays from 2 weeks prior had lots of gas in GI tract. Metronidazole did not resolve diarrhea. Took to second vet, did fecal and found coccidia. Treated 7 days Albon. Revisit 2 weeks later due to persistent hiccupping/gas after feeding and continued diarrhea; still found Coccidia and this time hookworm and whipworm too. Got Drontal Plus, Albon for 7 days, and Sentinel. Has been on Pepcid since initial episode in April, 10 mg twice a day at first, now 5 mg twice a day. No difference noted in dose reduction. Hiccuping/gulping/gas still occurred before at higher dose.
Two weeks later switched to feeding ground turkey and pumpkin, diarrhea seemed resolved. Some mucus still perhaps? Hiccuping/distress after eating is less common and less severe. Will notice burping and sometime repeated swallowing/licking like bad taste around 3-4 hours after eating still. Periodic episodes of reverse sneezing/coughing after eating as well. Has just received second dose of Sentinel.
Could the GI distress, gas, potential acid reflux, reverse sneezing all due to irritation from having 3 consecutive intestinal parasites? If so, why might it still be occurring? The timing seems more than coincidental with a switch to a new yard. Had been on Trifexis through January, but that would upset her stomach for 1 day after dose and discontinued. She has had CBC/Superchem with results looking good (except very slight white blood cell elevation post vomiting). Thoughts of tests that should still be done? I’m at my wits end!
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Our lab Ben had a bout with pancreatitis last summer & has been on prescription low fat gastrointestinal food prescribed by vet. He has since developed a horrible itchy skin condition in his groin area. Our vet thinks it's a food allergy due to any treats we might give him although we've cut down on that and he's lost 10 lb. He weighs 104 lb. now. We think it might be the prescription diet (Royal Canine) because he never had this condition prior to eating this. We had him on Blue Wilderness no grain food. Pancreatitis was we think caused by excessive fatty diet (people food) & attack happened after a party where everyone was slipping him food. Please help!!
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