Have you noticed your dog scratching at a particularly are a lot recently? Perhaps your dog has even been biting at an area and is beginning the lose hair. If you have been noticing this then there is a chance that your dog may be suffering from a skin allergy that has been set off by an allergy to something in their dog food.
While treating this condition is very easy, actually diagnosing it can be very confusing. These symptoms can be caused by food allergies, inhalant allergies, or even a flea allergy. The first two will be the most common however. The major difference between both of these is that a inhalant allergy is seasonal most of the time because it is usually caused by a plant of tree. Other symptoms that are common of this allergy are frequent ear infections that don’t clear up quickly and hot spots. Ear infections are actually pretty easy to spot. You will probably notice that their ears are extremely dirty. If the infection is bad enough you might even smell something like vinegar when you are close to the dog’s head.
If your dog is suffering from a food allergy it probably isn’t your fault. Large breeds of dogs are more likely than others to get food allergies. Breeds like German shepherds, Dachshunds, cocker spaniels, rex cats, and retrievers are far more likely to get allergies. It is theorized that this is because they have a slower metabolism. Allergies can also be genetic. Your dog may have simply just inherited the allergy from one of its parents.
If your dog has been scratching at an area, or you noticed anything particularly unusual then you should consider if they have a dog food skin allergy. If they do, then treating it will be pretty easy. All you will have to do is switch them to a dog food that they have never had made with ingredients you know they aren’t allergic to. The first step in this process is to read over the ingredients that are present in the dogs food or foods that they are eating right now. It will likely be a meat or grain they are allergic to. You then need to pick a hypoallergenic or organic dog food that is made with things you know your dog hasn’t eaten and isn’t allergic to. Most dogs are allergic to beef, so you could try something like rabbit. You then need to start the dog on an elimination diet.