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Dog Food Allergy Symptoms Every Dog Owner Must Know

Millions of dogs are brought into veterinarian offices every year seeking

treatment for illnesses associated with these symptoms.

Most dog owners don’t know that their dog is actually suffering from an allergic

reaction and suspect that it is something much more serious. When a dog is

typically brought into the veterinarians office, the first thing that the vet

wants to do is to run several diagnostic tests to rule out serious illness and

send you home with an over priced, unnecessary prescription medication asking

you to return if the condition doesn’t improve.

Dog food allergy symptoms can show up in dogs in many different

ways. The best advice that I can give you is to watch your dog for subtle

changes. Changes can occur in your dogs skin or coat and may even be

behaviorally related. Often dogs that suffer from dog food allergy symptoms

become lethargic.

If your dog starts to develop dry skin or if you notice minor skin

inflammations, I would first check for fleas and if none were present, I would

start to suspect that these changes are symptoms of dog food allergies.

So what can you do if you suspect that your dog is suffering from dog food

allergies? If you would have asked me this a couple of months ago, I would

have recommended a popular dog food that has since been recalled and a course of

Vitamin E. Now, I whole heartily recommend that you treat symptoms of dog

food allergies just as you would if it were your child that you were treating.

Start with your dogs diet but you may also want to apply Vitamin E oil on your

dogs irritated skin.

The first step would be to take your dog back to a basic, bland diet and

gradually add to their diet. This is the best way to monitor your dogs

diet and pin-point the dog food ingredient that is causing the dog food

allergy symptoms in your dog. While it is not healthy to have your dog on a

bland diet for an extended length of time, it is fine to start with the bland

diet and gradually add ingredients back into the food.

Their are several online dog food recipes that are available for free but if you

suspect that your dog is suffering from dog food allergies, I would highly

recommend that you check out the

dog

food recipes
written by John Miller.

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