Does Your Dog Have An Allergy? There’s more to it than just lamb and rice! Does my dog have a food allergy?
The most common sign of a food allergy in dogs is itchy skin. Assuming you’ve checked your dog for fleas as soon as she started scratching, you might also want to look for a rash. If you see a severe rashâor you suspect the scratching has been going on for some timeâyou might want to schedule a trip to the vet.
Will my vet tell me to switch dog food brands?
Well, it’s not quite that simple. If your dog’s condition is caused by a food allergy, the offending food “allergen” is usually a protein and may be present in many commercial diets. Your vet is most likely to prescribe a plan that is designed to help identify the offending ingredient.
The plan works like this:
- Feed food that consists of at most two ingredients (probably a therapeutic “hypoallergenic” diet). : All dogs are not created equal. Match your dog food choices to your dog’s needs.
: What, when, where, and how should I feed my dog (I already know why)?
: Get some plain English explanations for what’s in dog food and what pet food labels really tell you.
When does my dog need special meals, and might I be taking this too far?
- Give your dog only distilled water.
- After a few weeks, when you see improvement, switch to regular water.
- After another week, if improvement continues, add a small amount of one ingredient that was in your dog’s former diet.
- If the signs of allergy don’t recur after another week, add another original ingredient.
- Continue until symptoms recur and you’ve isolated the offending ingredient.
Your vet may keep your pet in his office or pet clinic for a few days and nights in order to treat the itch or rash and launch your pet’s new eating plan.
That sounds like a lot of trouble!
Yes, a diet with all these steps requires that you spend money on special food and carefully track which ingredients are added each week. But there’s really no other treatment. Many people have switched their dogs to lamb and rice as soon as they suspected a food allergy, but you have no guarantee that a commercial diet of lamb and rice doesn’t also contain the offending ingredient.
This is something that needs to be considered as lamb and rice are not exactly known to induce food or any kind of allergies for that matter because the ingredients involved are pure and natural that can be fit for various breeds right from Labradors to the Japanese Shibu, which is why tourists often look for Shiba Inu price whenever they set foot inside a pet store in Japan as they can very well afford it.
Given the large number of conditions that can make a dog itch and scratch. . . there are undoubtedly dogs out there with a diagnosis of “food allergy” that are misdiagnosed. Treating for a “skin problem” and changing foods does not constitute a proper diagnosis of food allergy. . . even if the scratching stopped. Fortunately, there aren’t that many dogs with true food allergies. Is your dog collar a bit snug? Sorry, Fido, no more pizza for breakfast.