02/01/2020 0 Comments
Does Your Dog Have Allergies and How Food Can Fix All Your Problems
Common Allergy Symptoms in Dogs
- Red, hot, itchy skin
- Excessive itching
- Excessive licking or biting
- Runny eyes
- Ear infections
- Yeast infections
- Gastrointestinal upset (chronic gas, vomiting, diarrhea)
Some pets will suffer from environmental allergy issues; however, most of the symptoms listed above will only happen seasonally. If you find that your pet is suffering from said symptoms all year round and you have tried allergy remedies, it is time to start looking at your pet’s food. You should always be aware of what your pet is eating and the ingredients that make up the food you are feeding. Much like choosing the food we put on our tables, the longer the ingredient list, the wearier you should become of the food.
With food, it can be tricky to identify which ingredient your dog is ingesting that’s causing the reaction. Many pets are allergic to common ingredients in pet foods such as, wheat, grains, chicken, and beef. A great solution to finding out what your pet is allergic to is a process called the elimination diet. Follow these four easy steps to find out if food is causing your pets discomfort.
- The first step to the elimination diet is to pick a food with as few ingredients as possible. These foods are called Limited Ingredient Diets or L.I.D. you can find these foods in both kibbles, dehydrated, and in raw form.
- Second step is to find a protein that your dog has not eaten before. Try and stay away from poultries and Red meats, as these are proteins your dog has likely had before. Your dog cannot be allergic to something he/she has not had before. We recommend starting with Rabbit, Kangaroo, lamb, llama or goat.
- Third step is to make sure you take treats into consideration as well. You’d be surprised what they can sneak into treats that are labeled rabbit, kangaroo, etc.
- Fourth step is keeping your pet on the new diet for up to 3 months before deciding whether it is working or not. I can take up to 12 weeks for the body to completely detox previously ingested foods.
Why We Prefer Raw Diets
Raw diets are one the easiest ways to narrow down allergies because the ingredient lists are so limited that there isn’t much guesswork involved regarding what your dog might be reacting to. An interesting point to consider is that many dogs will react to a certain protein when cooked but not when it is in its raw, natural state. Not only is raw dog food great for their limited ingredients but they also help to reduce overall inflammation in the body, heal good bacteria in the gut, and allow for optimal nutrient absorption.
Finding the right food for your pet may be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. Here at The Doggos, we recommend going to The Bone and Biscuit Co. Located at 8 Park Lawn Rd. Unit 1, Etobicoke. You cannot go wrong picking from any of their selection of foods and natural remedies.