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We don’t really think about animals as having food allergies. After all, we tend to just give them whatever food might be on offer at the supermarket. But doggies can have sensitive stomachs too. In fact, there are quite a lot of pooches out there who are having to deal with a food allergy. While it can occur with different food groups, beef, chicken, and fish tend to be most common. And it can result in problems such as scratching which can lead to poorly skin. And some dogs end up with diarrhea or vomiting. Therefore, here is what to do when your dog has a food allergy.
Find out what the cause is first
The first thing you should do if your dog is showing signs of a food allergy is head to the vet. After all, they will be able to rule certain things out. It can be difficult as there might be other reasons why your pooch is getting sick such as flea bites or even a change in their lifestyle. If the vet thinks it’s food related, they will likely opt for a food trial. They will have to eat a particular food source for 12 weeks. And then this testing can and help the vet to make a diagnosis on what food is causing the issue. They can also do a blood test which can also help them to discover what is causing them the food allergy. Once you know exactly what the issue is, you can look at changing their diet.
Look at changing their food
Now you know exactly what is bothering your pooch, you can take steps to eliminate the food from their diet. It’s often the case that you might have to change their food. After all, if they are struggling with a food group such as dairy, they might not be able to eat their current packets of food. Therefore, you will need to look at different brands of food which will be more suitable for your dog. It’s always a good idea to go for a better quality food. After all, these are often free from artificial colors and flavors. And are made with wholesome ingredients that your dog will love. You can even get healthy dog treats that will ensure your pooch doesn’t get poorly. And once you change their food, they will be a lot healthier and happier!
Keep monitoring the situation
After your dog has been diagnosed with an allergy, it’s so important that you do keep monitoring the situation. After all, some dogs can often grow out of the allergy as they get older. Or sometimes they require extra support if their allergy grows worse over time. In fact, some pooches end up on medication to ensure they get the nutrition they need. Therefore, keep taking your pet regularly to the vets so they can keep an eye on their condition. That way, you can ensure your dog stays as healthy as possible with the condition.
And remember if you are leaving your pet at the kennels or with a friend while you are away, tell them about the food allergy. That way, your pooch won’t end up getting sick!