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
muzzle, paws, underarms, groin, and anus. In some cases, there may also be
episodes of vomiting and/or loose stools, excess flatulence, and stretching
- Elimination Diet: To determine if a dog has food allergies, you should
place your dog on an elimination test diet. This remains the most reliable
and accurate method of diagnos-
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
- Muttropolis only carries foods considered ultra-premium. Ultra premium
Foods are distinct mainly by the high standards placed on their ingredients.
All ultra premium foods
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.
- Additionally, many ultra premium food lines have specific allergen
formulas that contain novel proteins which have not been included in
foods that overtime increase the
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.
- Assess the current foods ingredient list and pin point the items
that may be causing the allergy symptoms and seek to eliminate this
in the new food. Once you have chosen the
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.
- Give your new diet at least 3 months, but often you will begin to
see signs of relief within days. Once you see improvement, you can
be relatively confident that the elimination of
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.
Recommended Foods for Elimination Diets or Allergy suffering
- Wellness Fish & Sweet Potato
- Wellness Simple Solutions (Duck or Venison)
- Evanger’s (Duck, Rabbit, Pheasant, or Buffalo)
- Nature’s Variety (Duck or Venison)
Summary of Bones and Raw Food Diets: Before dogs became domesticated,
the diet of dogs was mainly small rodents, birds, and leftovers of larger
predators. These filled all
their nutritional needs - protein and fat from the tissue, fiber from hair
and feathers, plus nutrients from the partially digested food of the prey.
The closer we can recreate our animals'
diets to what their body is designed to eat, the healthier they will be. Please
ask a Muttropolis associate for more information on feeding a raw diet or supplementing
a kibble diet with
- Halshan’s Premium Raw Food
- Nature’s Variety Complete Raw Diets