Dogs With Food Allergies: Symptoms, Common Triggers, and More

Hay fever, in which the eyes and nose are affected by allergies, is not common in dogs.
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There are two basic types of allergy testing. The most common is a blood test that checks for antigen-induced antibodies in the dog's blood. There are two standard tests that are used to test the blood. The first is called a RAST test (radioallergosorbent). The other is an ELISA test (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay). Both of these tests are very similar but many practitioners feel that the ELISA test gives more accurate results than the RAST test.
Dr. Sublett notes that if "you're allergic to one dog, you're allergic to all dogs."
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To find out what your dog’s allergic to, work with your vet to try an allergy elimination diet. This diet involves giving your dog a special food (which you’ll get from the vet), and over three or four months, gradually adding other foods back to your dog’s diet. When he starts itching again, you’ve found your culprit and can keep it out of your dog’s food bowl for good. Additional things you can do at home to minimize your dog’s itchiness or allergy symptoms:
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Photo provided by PexelsThe two most common allergies found among dogs are to foods and inhalants.
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Yucca is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps the immune system function normally. It helps resolve symptoms without side effects common with steroids. Yucca should be given daily for allergies. , a concentrated liquid medication is a powerful product that is safe for cats and dogs with allergies. It can also be given in your pet's food or applied directly to areas of itching skin.Among the dog breeds predisposed to develop allergies, are an unusually high number of retrievers and terriers. For example, all Labrador Retrievers—black, yellow, and chocolate—have a tendency to develop food allergies. In a recent study of 30,000 dogs, the following were among the most likely to develop allergies: Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, English Setters, Irish Setters, Boston Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Fox Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Scottish Terriers, West Highland White Terriers, and Wheaton Terriers. In addition, Bulldogs, Boxers, Cocker Spaniels, Collies, Dachshunds, Dalmatians, Lhasa Apso, Miniature Schnauzers, Pugs, and Shar Peis are prone to allergies.Allergies in dogs and cats occur when the immune system overreacts to something that isn't really a threat. For example, reacting to peanuts, air-borne pollen, or laundry detergent—none of which should cause harm. The material that causes an allergic reaction is called an antigen. Antigens are usually proteins. The term "allergen" is often used rather than the term antigen, but these two terms are slightly different. Antigen refers to any substance causing allergies, and allergen refers to ingested or air-borne substances causing allergies.Allergens are compounds, substances, insects, or parasites that cause allergies. In dogs, the most problematic allergens are , environmental components and household products (such as pollen, grasses, spores, detergents, and danders), and proteins in food.Allergies are the most common cause of in dogs. In dogs, allergies often cause , hair loss, and inflammation of the skin. In some dogs, allergies help trigger ear problems (such as ) as well as skin problems.Skin problems are the most common symptom of allergies in dogs. Skin problems may occur anywhere on the body, but the most commonly affected areas are the base of the tail, the groin, the armpits, and the feet.