foodallergyFood allergies and sensitivities are all to common in the canine world now a days which is cause for concern for loving pet owners like you and me.  Some of the common allergens in dog food include: beef, dairy, chicken, lamb, wheat, eggs, corn, soy, and whey. Before you can start treating your dog for food allergies you must first be able to recognize the symptoms. So, what are the tail tell signs & symptoms of a food allergy? Good question! Here are a few food intolerant symptoms that all pet owners must be aware in order to get your dog on the road to recovery.

1. Itchy skin. Excessive scratching, especially around the face.

2. Ear Infections. Recurrent ear infections that cause itching, swelling and a foul odor can be a tail tell sign your dog may be suffering from a food allergy

3. Hot Spots. Ulcerated, painful, itchy, hairless, & irritated sores on your dogs legs, paws, fur & coat which may worsen due to your dogs incessant licking & scratching.

4. Chronic Skin Infections. Ongoing skin infections may result from food allergies left untreated.

5. Diarrhea & constant bowl movements. Typical dogs have 1-2 bowl movements a day, if your dog is three or more this can signal a food allergy. Not to mention if your dogs bowl movements are runny.
6. Behavioral Changes. Perhaps your dog is not his happy go lucky self but rather grumpy & lethargic (lack energy & tired).
Now that you know the symptoms of food allergies speak with your vet about having your dog tested for allergies. You can even do a process of elimination food trial to monitor your dogs diet. What you do is go back to the basics by giving your dog a bland meal in which you gradually add ingredients back into his or her diet. This will help you eliminate & pinpoint certain components of your dog’s diet causing the allergy. As always don’t forget to read dog food labels to make sure your dogs food is allergen free.

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  • Itchy skin is the most common symptom of dog allergies. Watch for excessive scratching, especially around the face.

Recurrent Ear Infections

  • If your dog suffers from recurrent ear infections and you can’t find the cause, it could be a food allergy. Ear infections cause itching, swelling and a foul odor.

Hot Spots

  • Ulcerated sores known as hot spots may appear, especially on the legs or feet. Your dog may lick these spots incessantly, making them worse.

Chronic Skin Infections

  • Chronic, ongoing skin infections often plague dogs with food allergies. Yeast is often the culprit.

Increased Bowel Movements

  • If your dog has three or more bowel movements a day, it could be a sign of a food allergy. Typical dogs have one or two bowel movements a day.