Common Signs Of Food Allergies
It may interest you to know that the most common signs of food allergy in dogs are foot and paw chewing, facial itching, loss of hair, itching of the groin, and ear infections that recur.
People often think that a food allergy quite often happens after they have changed their dog's diet. It turns out that the opposite is true. Often, food allergies happen after the dog has been eating the same food for over 2 years, rather than just a few weeks. So, in fact, most dogs have been eating the food allergen for quite some time, and often years before it becomes a problem.
My Magnum and His Food Allergies
This is what happened with my dog Magnum. He had been eating the same kibble for years. It was actually high quality kibble from the vets office. All of a sudden, he got really sick and couldn't keep anything down. I actually thought he had been poisoned, the reaction was so severe. It was so severe, that when I went to see Magnum the day after I took him to the vet, he told me to say goodbye. There was something about the way that Magnum looked at me. It was like he was saying to me, give me a chance. So I did.
Part of the problem at the vet's office, was that Magnum was alone in a cage, and no one was trying to feed him. I had all the time in the world to devote to him, so with IV in hand and determination, we gave it a go at home. I gave him a gravol suppository and pepto bismal to settle his stomach. I also do Reiki (hands on energy work), so before I did anything, I did Reiki on him to help to settle his stomach. With all of that, I was able to get his stomach settled so that he was able to eat a jar of chicken baby food.
After finally getting Magnum eating again, after a few days, I tried the kibble, and he was immediately sick again. Finally, I was able to determine that it was the kibble that was causing the problem. After a lot of trial and error and research, I finally was able to come up with a homemade diet that Magnum could tolerate. Whew!
Most Common Allergy Causing Foods
The most common allergy causing foods for dogs are fish, chicken, beef, cow milk, egg, wheat, soy, rice, corn and potato. Most of the dogs react to only one or 2 food items.
What Do You Feed Your Dog?
The most important thing is to feed a new protein and source of food that your dog has not been fed yet. Hopefully your dog will not be allergic to. It is recommended that you avoid these ingredients first: chicken, beef, cow milk, egg, corn and wheat.
You may have some success in a commercial food that has unique ingredients such as sweet potato and fish.
It certainly is worth the effort to try and sort this out. Look what happened with Magnum!