Food Allergies in Dogs
Some dogs may be highly sensitive to commonly used proteins, carbohydrates and food additives in their diet. Food allergies in dogs are thought to account for approximately 5% of all skin cases and 15% of allergic skin diseases seen in clinical practice. The most common allergens are beef, dairy products, chicken, wheat, eggs, corn and soy. However, dogs can be allergic to foods other than these and to more than one kind of food. For more information on pet food, see our article on common pet food ingredients and their benefits.
In dogs, clinical signs of food allergy are related to the skin and
include itching, scratching, biting and/or chewing of some or all of
the following areas: ears, around the eyes and
ing food allergies. To do an elimination diet test, you should carefully check all the ingredients of the dog food you are currently feeding that could be causing the symptoms.
Many commercial dog foods contain ingredients to make your dog feel full, such as corn, wheat, or soy. Corn is one of the most common allergens in dogs.
are made from 100% Human Grade ingredients and contain absolutely no Bi-products. Bi-products is a loose label that can include many undesirable meat sources that can
change between bags of the same type of food. Please ask a Muttropolis associate for more information on the importance of Ultra Premium Foods.
chance of dogs developing allergies. Popular proteins for these diets include Duck, Venison, Fish, and Bison. Ask a Muttropolis staff member for samples or choose from one of
the suggested combinations below.
food for your dogs elimination diet, be sure you’re not feeding treats that may be offsetting the benefits of the new food. Muttropolis staff can assist you in complementing your
new food with treats that will avoid the possible allergens.
that particular protein (as well as corn, wheat, dairy and soy) will benefit your pet’s comfort and well-being. There are many options for foods that avoid common allergens as
well as the proteins that may increase or multiply symptoms. Once your dogs symptoms improve, trying other allergy formulas within the brand of Ultra Premium Food is a good
way to vary the diet while continuing to avoid the assumed cause of the irritation.