When Your Dog Suffers From Dog Food Allergies

If your dog has been experiencing intense, non-stop itching, recurrent ear infections, or digestive issues, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or excessive gas, then they may be suffering from dog food allergies. Although none of these symptoms are necessarily life threatening, they do cause great discomfort and keep your dog’s body stressed.

There are two options at this point: switch to a hypoallergenic dog food or make homemade dog food.

If you opt to make homemade dog food, you need to start with just two ingredients – a meat and a grain. You will also want to add a specially formulated canine multi-vitamin, as feeding the same two ingredients will not give your dog all the necessary vitamins and minerals. You should consult with your vet or canine nutritionist before making homemade dog food.

If instead you use a manufactured hypoallergenic dog food, you will be moving to a food which uses high quality, limited ingredients. This not only helps to isolate the offending ingredient, it also helps to strengthen your dog’s overall health and immune system. These dog foods will also contain all the vitamins and minerals your dog needs for sustained health.

Hopefully, one of these two option will start helping your dog within a couple of weeks. However, you should stay on a food for 8 to 12 weeks before deciding whether it really is or isn’t working for your dog. Dog food allergies tend to gradually increase over time, and in the same way, it will take time for the allergy symptoms to subside.

If your dog does not respond to either of these methods it may be time to try more severe efforts. Royal Canin Hypoallergenic Dog Food uses limited, hypoallergenic ingredients, with necessary vitamins and minerals. It it used in extreme food allergy cases and must be prescribed by a veterinarian.

Whatever option is best for your dog, make a switch now to one of the types of healthiest dog foods mentioned above. Feeding them the same food while they are suffering from dog food allergies just makes them miserable. Dog food allergies can be controlled by feeding the correct ingredients – it just takes a little investigative effort on our part.

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