What are the symptoms of food allergies in dogs?
Food intolerances can be common in dogs – and they can impact their skin, too. In fact, according to the PDSA, skin problems are “the most common reason that pets need to see a vet.” From itchy skin, rashes, and sore skin through to scabs, itchy eyes and swelling, these are very real signs that your pet has allergies. These could be caused by fleas, dust, pollen, grass, certain cleaning products or food.
Other signs of dietary sensitivity with your dog may include chronic ear problems, vomiting, gas, diarrhoea, coughing and wheezing.
True food allergies in dogs, however, are uncommon; it’s more likely that they have a food intolerance, with the most common side effect being runny poos. We would always recommend that you speak to your vet if your dog is showing any of these symptoms.
What should I do if my dog has a food allergy?
In the first instance, you should speak to your vet to find out the ingredient(s) to which your dog is allergic or intolerant. You will then need to find a sensitive dog food range that does not contain those ingredients.
It is important to remember that each dog is an individual and may have different needs. If you ever have any concerns about feeding your dog the correct diet, it is always best to seek the advice of your vet.