Dog food allergies

We must also turn our attention to the health and well being of our canine friends who, like us, have allergies to many kinds of dog foods which can cause illnesses such as colitis. Allergies to foods that contain corn, or wheat can generate some nasty results in the health of your dog.

Of course, animals haven’t got a means by which to communicate discomfort or express concerns about potential allergies to their human overseers. It follows thus that a vigilant eye must always be directed to the well being of your dog. There are a number of criteria to watch for in the behaviour of your dog that would suggest an adverse reaction to an allergy. A dog that constantly scratches particular areas on his coat, has constant ear infections that appear over and over again, has some bald spots and develops skin infections are the superficial signs of an allergic reaction. Physiologically as well, a subtle events that would suggest that your dog is suffering an allergy is when your dog has frequent bowel movements, or has diarrhea are symptoms to watch for. In the extreme, blood that appears in the stools of your dog, or a dog that vomits blood, or bile, and demonstrates a poor appetite are the worst criteria to watch for as indications of a potential allergy to food or environmental conditions.
Some of these criteria can be quite easily confused with other medical issues within the canine family such as a parasitic infection or infections on the skin and so it follows that you may have to perform some experiments through the use of dog food to determine the effects of the food on your dog. General avoidance of the usual brands of dog food on the commercial market is recommended and a diet of carbohydrates and proteins over the course of three months should be administered. Ensure that no other supplement of food or any forms of dog treats are utilized so as to ensure the accuracy of the suggested diet plan. The result will provide some clarity as to where you should be directing your focus, either on diet or on other potential problems affecting your dog.

Through careful evaluation of the dietary ingredients in the food you give your dog and with the consultation of your local veterinarian, a good diagnosis can be made and a better plan of attack against the allergy will ensure the well being of your dog and a more positive outcome to these adverse effects.

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