Food allergies are perhaps the most debated cause of skin allergy problems in dogs. As stated in “The Allergy Solution for Dogs”, by Shawn Messonnier, D.V.M., a true dog food allergy accounts for less than 10 percent of the allergy cases brought in to veterinarians. Yet, a dog’s food is often the first area where owners focus their attention.
However, there are still a number of dogs who suffer from food allergies. Here is a list of the top common food allergens for dogs:
Each of the above ingredients is commonly found in commercial dog foods. The less expensive the food is, the higher the chances are that it will include large amounts of cheap fillers like wheat and corn.
So what if your food claims to be “Lamb and Rice”. It should just be “Lamb and Rice”, right? Not necessarily so. It’s important for you to carefully read your dog food labels. Unless you are feeding your dog a “limited ingredient” formula, chances are, that so-called two ingredient food also includes many of the top allergen foods listed above, including wheat, beef, eggs, and more. Always read your labels.
How do you know if your dog may have a food allergy? If their allergy symptoms aren’t seasonal – meaning they are itching and uncomfortable all year round – chances are they have a food allergy. Dogs with food allergies also tend to have more stomach problems, resulting in frequent diarrhea and vomiting.
Later on, we’ll discuss different options for treating food allergies. If you suspect that your dog may have food allergies, it is recommended that you first talk to your veterinarian before making any dramatic changes to your dog’s diet.