Your dog can sometimes be a bundle of energy and needs the right food to serve as fuel. This is more than just table scraps, and there is a lot of very nutritious dog food on the market. Dogs are actually as unique as their owners. It is quite possible they, too, have food allergies. Your little buddy can’t tell you whether or not there is a reaction to the food being served. An owner has to be very observant and notice if there any problems. Here are some of the more common indications that your dog is having an allergic reaction.
1. Your dog is constantly scratching or licking himself.
This is a very common sign that there is a problem. Dogs will scratch and lick themselves to stay clean, but these are situations where it appears the animal is always doing one of the other. Areas of red and irritated skin can be a consequence of scratching and at the same time be a warning signal about allergies.
2. The dog is rubbing his head more often than usual.
This is the consequence of allergic irritation. You may notice that your dog is spending a lot of time rubbing the facial area. This is ordinarily more often than is usual for the animal. Sore spots may develop along the muzzle and the face show irritation. The ears are another area that gives warning signs about allergies. The dog is rubbing them quite a bit during the day and may even be rubbing against furniture in the house. A very definite visual sign from the ears would be a red discharge.
3. Noticeable respiratory problems
This is more than serious. Habitual sneezing will tell you that something is wrong and it may in fact be allergies. The dog may also be doing a lot of coughing and it seems to be no reason why it is happening. A major respiratory reaction can be difficulty with breathing and the animal may be wheezing.
4. Loss of appetite and instances of vomiting
This is perhaps the most obvious signs that your little friend has an allergy directly related to the food it is eating. Diarrhea is something that also is going to be a sign. Dogs have ordinarily one or two bowel movements day. If bowel movements are more frequent and are in liquid form there may be a problem with what the dog is eating.
5. Adverse behavioral change.
This is the outward sign that probably has the greatest impression on the owner. A sweet little pooch has a change in behavior that can be irritable or lethargic. The dog who was once very energetic suddenly seems to spend most of the time curled up in a ball. If the owner-based behavior change and considers the other warning signs, that is time to take some quick action for the sake of the dog’s health.
Under the guidance of the veterinarian, a food trial is conducted. What is important is it has to be a brand of dog the animal has never eaten before. The veterinarian may suggest certain types. It is absolutely essential that this food be the only sustenance for the dog during the trial which ordinarily will last up to 12 weeks. An owner has to understand that anything else is going to skew the findings. Consequently, a faithful friend of yours should not be given any treats or rawhide toys. Anything that may have a food flavor to it should not be allowed. No food from the table is permissible. This also means that the dog has to be on a leash outside, because there can be things that are edible all over the lawn. If the dog no longer shows the above symptoms, then the food trial will show degrees of the original dog food is the problem. The owner can then stays away from that type of food and provide a healthier substitute.
No one wants their pet to suffer and a food allergy can be very distressing to animal. The owner has to remember during the food trial not to deviate from what the veterinarian has prescribed. It may be hard not to give that little guy treat, but it is important your dog be kept on a required diet to return to a healthy state.