If your dog has symptoms that are abnormal for a healthy dog, one of the most common causes may be dog food allergies.
Allergies in dogs are often associated with the following symptoms
• Hair loss
• Dry skin
• Loss of appetite
• Itchy skin
• Inflammations of the ear
• Hot spots that are persistent
• Chewing on paws, legs or other parts of the dogs body
• Lack luster, dull coat
• Upset tummy and or dirrhea
• Itchy Anus
• Rubbing Face
There are in fact many different kinds of allergies such as those caused by fleas, bacteria, inhalant and contact allergies. But the most common allergy is a food allergy and that is the one that we'll discuss here. Food allergies are indicative of a problem in the adequacy of the nutrients in your dog food. There may be a lack of essential fatty acids and a sensitivity to the dog food that you are feeding. Your dog may be allergic to a variety of different foods, and sometimes more than one.
Some common food culprits for dog food allergies are
• Preservatives and Additives
• Wheat and Grains
• And even Lamb!
If your dog shows any of the symptoms above and her food includes any of the possible suspect ingredients listed, you may want to consider a home made natural diet, eliminating the potential allergen. You must remove the potential source of the food allergy for up to 30 days in order to see any possible improvement. You will be certain that no hidden ingredients masked as something else are present that may be causing a food allergy
If you opt for a commercial dog food make sure that you understand and read carefully the ingredient list on the label Just because a food says that it is hypo allergenic does not mean that it is. There are very few regulations as to what can be printed on a dog food label. Do not trust manufacturer propaganda. Read the ingredient list carefully.
Finally, while a food allergy may be the most likely culprit in your dog's symptoms, there could be more serious underlying problems. You should always consult with your veterinarian who can help you with a proper diagnosis and with a selection of a diet that is most appropriate for your dog. Do not just guess when your
dog's health is at stake.