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How to tell if a dog or cat has a food allergy?
So often as a veterinarian I’m asked whether the allergy that the dog or cat has maybe food-related. In all reality, 95% of the allergies out there are related to something else.Probably the number one thing that relates to allergies, are flea bite or other parasites that could be on the skin of the dog leading to itching and scratching and
Probably the number one thing that relates to allergies, are flea bite or other parasites that could be on the skin of the dog leading to itching and scratching and biting.
The second most common allergen is environmental allergens such as pollens, molds, and spores. Much like you and I when we have an upper respiratory allergy or a skin allergy that is often something in our environment.
Lastly, food can be part of the problem but that’s probably in less than 5% of the cases.
How to figure out if your dog has food allergies?
What your veterinarian will do is they’ll help you determine the best testing protocol. And if they suspect a food allergy, they’ll help you go through a special feeding protocol that you need to go through for about 8-12 weeks. At the end of that period, your veterinarian will help you determine if there is, in fact, a food allergy that you need to worry about.
Is corn and rice the main allergens in dog food?
When we’re talking about allergens, I think one of the major misconceptions that are out there on the internet and amongst all the various people who are talking about food, is the fact that things like corn and rice may actually be primary allergens in pet foods. However, that’s really not the case.
They’re actually fairly low on the list of allergens.
I think it’s very important as a pet owner that you actually go and talk to the veterinarian that you work with on a regular basis and his or her staff to really develop a good guidelines and feeding program depending on how you want to feed your pet and what you want to feed your pet.