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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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