When Your Dog Has Protein Allergies

02.21.2013 | 03:05 pm

According to some vets, about 10-15% of dogs with allergies suffer from food allergies.  Some may get sick when they eat chicken, pork, beef or other protein.

Protein allergies are usually isolated– meaning your pet may be allergic to beef but is fine with chicken.

Vets agree, the sensitivity starts because your pet’s immune system is low.  Eating a lot of the same ingredients paired with weak immunity can lead to allergies.

Allergy Symptoms

The symptoms include digestive problems, excessive chewing, itchy skin and even chronic ear infections.

Preventing food allergies is one reason why it makes sense to rotate your pet’s food.  There’s no reason to keep Max on a steady diet of Chicken Meal and Rice blend year after year when there’s Anchovy and Sardine flavors to try.  By varying your pet’s diet, he’ll benefit from a mix of nutrients.

Diagnosing a Protein Allergy

Because your dog can develop a sensitivity to anything – the environment, grains or other foods, it can be tough to pinpoint the allergy.   If you suspect a food trigger, then you can change food and make sure it doesn’t contain the same ingredients.  For example, if your dog has eaten a chicken based food for a long time, you can switch to a fish or lamb based food.

Make sure you note the date you switched on your calendar – you don’t want to rely on memory.  Then, feed the new food for a few weeks and see if you notice any change.  Write them down with the date.  Since the old food can stay in your pet’s system for several weeks, you may not see an “instant” change.

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