Canine food allergies and food intolerance can sneak up on you, because dog food allergies develop over a period of time, when your dogs immune system reacts to certain foods.
Most often, the source of your dog’s misery is a protein or grain in his dog food. Corn, wheat and soy are three of the most common allergens, but there are many more.
Because so many dogs have developed canine food allergies in recent years, dog food companies have started making dog foods with exotic ingredients like venison, kangaroo, rabbit, duck and fish. And the new recipes use starches like potatoes, sweet potatoes or oatmeal.
Using these new ingredients seems to help dog food allergies, because dogs have not been eating the “new” foods. Allergies to a food, only develop after a dog has eaten that food for a long time. A dog’s body cannot be allergic to a new food…
So how will you know if your dog has canine food allergies? Food allergies in dogs show up in a number of ways that are pretty easy to see.
A single occurrence of a symptom, like vomiting, does not mean that your dog has canine food allergies. However, if she vomits every day for a week or two, you should suspect dog food allergies.
So what should you do if you suspect that your dog has food allergies? There are three approaches:
To get an answer quickly and to save money, you might want to consult with and pet doctor online.
Feed your dog the new diet for 1-2 months. Then, if your dog’s symptoms have cleared, introduce ingredients into her diet, one at a time. Each ingredient (like wheat) should be given to her for 5 days. If the food allergy symptoms come back, that ingredient should never be given to your dog again.
If you decide that you would like to continue to feed your dog home cooked meals, make sure you get a book with recipes that have balanced nutrition.
The simple ingredients above are not balanced for long-term use, and will cause an imbalance in your dog’s system, over time. These natural dog food recipes cookbooks will help you get started.