Get Rid of Allergies from Your Pet Dogs
When we hear or read the word “Allergy”, we tend to think of it as a debilitating disorder that hinders us from doing normal things (i.e. eating peanut-butter, smelling flowers or using a specific shampoo) that other individuals normally do as it triggers a negative reaction from our immune system.
People who are exposed to an allergic substance can experience a wide variety of symptoms including sneezing, swelling of the face, difficulty breathing or itchiness. Because of these circumstances, some individuals feel more or less alienated or out-of-place since they can’t cope well with an element or an object that doesn’t affect most people.
But where in the world do Allergies come from?
Aside from chemicals, pollen or fur, humans can also get it from food. In fact, it is the most common allergy that affects the majority of the world’s population.
While all of this is true, having food allergies does not automatically mean that we are bound to it forever. Supplements and medications such as antihistamines allow the human body to block off receptors that trigger allergies and enable our body to adjust to food that we usually react to.
But do you know that we’re not the only species to experience this kind of disorder?
Dogs, regardless of breed, age and sex, are also prone to Food Allergies. Some argue that these allergic reactions are caused by over-exposure to different kinds of food but others point out there are not yet enough reasons to explain why some animals are sensitive towards a specific food.
Regardless of these, Dogs with Food Allergies must be treated immediately to avoid any complications.
Dog Food Allergies
Food that often trigger histamines in your Dog’s immune system include chicken, dairy, wheat and beef.
Common symptoms such as vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea or skin rashes will start to show up in a matter of minutes to an hour after your dog ingests a certain food.
Some owners report Hair Loss and chronic ear infections causing the animal to feel uncomfortable or sick.
Unfortunately, these foods are also found in Dog Food and treats which makes it hard for some owners to seek alternative sustenance or nourishment.
Although rare and hard to diagnose, that doesn’t mean that the disorder is hard to treat. A lot of owners can feel discouraged when their best friend has allergic reactions to certain kinds of food but there are a lot of effective ways to treat this.
As a responsible owner you must first identify if your Dog is really suffering from food allergy or from a totally different illness or disease.
Make sure that you rule out any possible health problems before you undertake any treatment or medication to your dog. It is always better to consult with a veterinarian first.
So if you’re really sure that your Pup has allergic reactions from certain food, here are ten effective ways to treat your Dog’s Food Allergies:
1. Observe your Dog
There’s nothing wrong with observing your Dog first before seeking professional help. Detect symptoms including, but not limited to, itchiness, rashes, vomiting or frequent bowel movements after your dog eats his usual diet.
After that, write down his eating routine and the food he regularly ingests. In this way, you’ll be able to have at least an idea what food is causing him distressed or uncomfortable.
2. Educate Yourself
It’s a good thing we have internet these days because if we didn’t, then I’m sure you won’t be able to have access to this article.
There are a lot of other resource materials in the internet about Dog Food Allergies. You might want to look up the symptoms if it correlates with allergy because your Dog may have Food Intolerance and not the former.
To simply put it, the difference between the two is that Dog Food Allergies are triggered by a response from the immune system while Dog Food Intolerance does not involve the immunity in any way.
So try to distinguish one symptom from the other to make sure that your dog is really suffering from an allergic reaction.
3. Go to the Vet
After you observe your Dog, bring him to the Vet to get him checked. Relay his daily eating schedule and diet so that the doctor may be able to know what’s causing him to react to a specific food from his diet.
Also make sure that your doctor do a physical and skin exam on him as he may be able to tell if your Dog is exhibiting allergic reactions to a specific food from his original diet.
4. Eliminate Certain Food from the Diet
Most Vets will require owners to eliminate certain food from the Dog’s diets if they have determined the potential allergen. Doctors usually do a “novel diet” or a Hypoallergenic Diet.
A Novel Diet consists of a protein that is not yet introduced to the animal. These novel protein usually comes in the form of duck, rabbit and salmon which supplies dogs’ protein requirements.
Meanwhile, a Hypoallergenic Diet consists of food products that can block off histamines. This is also the most ideal since it is well-balanced and has adequate nutrients.
5. Do the Diet for eight to twelve weeks
According to sources, it takes at least eight weeks to flush out your Dog’s usual food products from his body so it’s best to do the diet for eight to twelve weeks to make sure that his usual diet is out of his system.
6. Do Not Feed the Dog any other Food
You have to play tough love here if you want your dog to get well. Avoid giving him all kinds of treats as these will trigger allergic reactions resulting to uncomfortable symptoms.
7. Read the Dog Food Label
Just like us, always read the Dog Food labels and make sure it’s hypoallergenic or practical for your dog.
8. Keep a Doggie Food Journal
Keep in mind to write down all your Dog’s Food Products and eating schedule as well as his behavior and attitude towards the procedure.
If he ingested something or gave him a treat accidentally, write it down as well.
9. Provide Supplements
Provide Vitamins to your dogs especially when he’s on a diet because he may be lacking essential nutrients such as iron, fiber, protein and calcium.
10. Bring back your Dog’s Original Diet
Slowly reintroduce your Dog’s Original Diet without the potential food allergen and see if he responds well to it.
If his immune system still reacts negatively, visit the vet again so that both of you can identify the source of your dog’s allergic reactions.
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