Life in the modern world has seen more food groups introduced into our diets more than any other period in time. No longer confined by geographical space or time, we can now eat foods our ancestors could only ever have imagined without travelling far nor spending too much money. With such benefits come a couple of drawbacks however and food allergies are just one of them. Unaccustomed to certain things or particular nutrients, the effect these things might have on our health can be mild to severe.
What most people might be surprised to know however is that food allergies extend as much to animals and pets just as much as they do to us humans. When it comes to helping to keep your dog protected
then, you could do a lot worse than educate yourself over the types of things that can cause them problems when it comes to dog food. Here are three crucial ways to help protect your pooch.
Pay a Close Eye to Reactions
Dogs will usually react to food a couple of hours to several hours after consumption. For the careful dog owner then, paying close attention to their behaviour, after introducing new or unusual foods to their diet is fundamental.
Check to see how your dog reacts to the main allergy culprits in foods, including pork, rabbit, beef, chicken, lamb, fish, egg, soy, corn and wheat. If your dog has symptoms that include itching, nausea, vomiting, itchy rear end, gas and diarrhea, they most likely are having some kind of ill reaction to something they've eaten.
If symptoms such as these persist after changing foods or introducing a food
you think is unlikely to cause allergies then look into the possibility of starting your pet on an elimination diet. This functions in the same way as it does with humans, whereby you introduce one or two foods at a time to your dog and then carefully gauge their reaction. Keeping a record of what you're feeding them and how they react to it is an effective way of honing in on the foods that may be causing them problems, meaning you can make more astute decisions over what to feed them moving forward.
Possibility of It Not Being Food
If symptoms still persist in your dog even after starting it on an elimination diet and paying it close attention, it might be that your dog might not be allergic to food at all but rather something in its environment. Check to see if your dog is taking a specific kind of meditation that could be causing it problems or even whether factors such as pollen or fabrics are playing a part in these reactions. If so, see if you can help out your pet by changing the materials (where possible) it interacts with, reducing its time outdoors for a while (if you suspect it might be pollen) but still ensuring it gets exercise.
Keeping your dog protected from allergies is much easier today than it was in the past. Thanks to developments in science and more carefully considered nutrition, dogs have a much greater chance of living allergy free.