Got Dog Pet Food Allergy Problems, Or is it Something Else? And, What to Do About It?

Food allergies represent about 10% of all dog allergy problems, but there are solutions. Symptoms can appear immediately or develop slowly over a period of days, weeks or even months. 70% of food allergies in dogs occur after the dog has been eating the same food for years.

An allergic reaction to a food requires a second or subsequent exposures before an allergy will surface.

The symptoms are all-year-round and chronic, with skin and/or ear problems. If treatments with antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine, or with prednisone or other steroids show little to no effect, then the possibility points to a food allergy issue.

The telling signs

An allergic reaction to dog food may show a variety of symptoms, including but not limited to:

–Itchy, irritated skin

–Licking or biting areas of the body excessively especially feet, legs, armpits (axillae) and groin area

–Rubbing of the face with paws or against other objects or surfaces

–Hair loss and/or patches of red, scaly skin or hot spots

–Excessive head-shaking

–Gastrointestinal Problems

–Vomiting and/or diarrhea

–Loose or mucous-y bowel movements more than twice daily

–Excessive flatulence!

–Irritated eyes and possible discharge

–Ear problems and possible discharge

–Unusual hyper-activity or aggression

What’s going on?

These symptoms are the result of the all-important immune system being hyper-sensitive and over-reacting to allergens or antigens to which it is exposed. Over-vaccination and poor nutrition are often at the root cause of our pet’s allergies.

Why is it happening?

The real question is why is there an allergy to food? Besides the reasons explained about what’s going on, why is not exactly known with 100% certainty but there is a lot of agreement as to the reasonable probability.

When the food being introduced is not of the fresh variety, meaning it has been processed with heat and often chemicals, the exposure to processed ingredients no longer allow the digestion process to recognize the food as “normal”. The body then tries to develop a defense against what it considers something to be defensive against. Once an allergy is formed, cross-reaction to whole foods may then occur. Interestingly, it is quite possible that your pet, who is “allergic” to proteins in a heat-processed diet, will do just fine on the same protein fed raw or just slightly cooked.

The Key to Help Minimize or Solve the Food Allergy Problem

The greatest gift you can give is every chance at good health! The gift of good health starts with a very high quality of nutrition that affects every aspect of your dog’s well-being along with a high quality supplement that will cover all the nutritional bases. We will discuss the supplement at the end. The lack of a quality diet frequently leads to poor skin health making skin vulnerable to inflammation.

Time to Evaluate and the Course of Action to be Taken

To help rule out allergies not associated with food, such as flea bite allergies (one single bite can cause a reaction for up to seven days) and atopy, by far the most common cause of allergies in dogs, the veterinarian will often suggest a hypoallergenic or homemade diet for many weeks to months to see if there is any improvement in the symptoms.

Allergy Culprits and Offenders

Dogs with food allergies will react to one or more diet ingredients. Common culprits are: dairy products, fermented cheese, fish, wheat, whey, corn, beef, pork, chicken, eggs, soy, and — one of the biggest offenders with other possible ramifications — preservatives. Once thought to be a substitute hypo-allergenic food, many animals have also shown to be allergic to lamb as well.

Dry food seems to create the worst reactions, while the same ingredients from a can show to be less likely to cause a reaction. Why? Again, the heat processing comes into play as to the reason, since dry food is heat-processed twice, once during the cooking and again during the extruding process.

A Natural Raw Food Diet as Close as Possible to Food’s Natural State is Best.

The diets of our pets are far different from their ancestors’ primarily raw protein diets with a lot of variety. Raw pet food diets have been shown to help the natural defenses against many common ailments such as hot spots, flea infestations, continual shedding, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal problems, gum problems, dental disease, immune disorders and degenerative diseases.

Your dog’s digestive system is designed to metabolize raw natural foods consisting of enzyme-rich raw meat, raw bones and natural probiotics – with all the nutrients. NO pesticides, NO steroids, NO hormones and NO antibiotics. Food with nutrients processed out is more for convenience than for nutrition.

Heat Destruction, Chemical Additives — Not What Nature Intended

Some lost nutrients are returned through chemical additives in the standard quality pet food. Heat processing of pet food, standard in the pet food industry, changes or destroys many important nutrients — up to 100% loss of certain vitamins, up to 60% loss of certain amino acids, up to 10% loss of certain fatty acids. Probiotics and enzymes can be destroyed, and fats can be toxic or rancid. Yes, manufacturing accepted guidelines allow certain toxins and treated rancid fats to be used in the manufacturing of many commercial pet foods. This is no where near the benefits a raw dog food diet offers.

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