Common Food Allergens in Pets and How to Avoid Them
Although pet food allergies are uncommon, they are frequently the first thing your veterinarian will look into if a pet develops symptoms similar to allergic reactions. Why? Since environmental allergies must be diagnosed by exclusion, all other possibilities must first be eliminated. We’ll examine the most typical food allergies and discuss how you can help your pet.
- Beef allergies in cats and dogs
Beef allergies are thought to be the most prevalent food allergies in both cats and dogs. However, the reason why beef allergies are so prevalent in our pets is unknown. As with all food allergies, symptoms of a beef allergy include itching, skin conditions, and digestive issues like loose stools and upset stomachs. It can be challenging to completely eliminate beef from your pet’s diet because it is a common ingredient in pet foods and treats.
- Dairy product allergy
Dairy products are also among the most common food allergies in dogs, but not in cats. It’s crucial to keep in mind that intolerances other than those caused by allergies are distinct from allergies. Dogs and cats both have some lactose intolerance. They cannot digest milk as effectively as we can because their bodies don’t produce as much lactase, the enzyme needed to do so. But dogs with food allergies are different because their immune systems are attacking a protein found in dairy products. Since most cats and dogs are already intolerant of dairy products, it’s probably a good idea to steer clear of them as much as you can.
- Chicken allergies in pets
Dogs frequently have chicken allergies. Ironically, chicken is frequently recommended as a food for dogs with soft stools and is one of the most popular ingredients in “sensitive” diets. Chicken is best avoided if your dog or cat has ongoing digestive issues that could be caused by an allergy; instead, try switching to a fish-based sensitive food.
What you can do to help pets with food allergies
Consult your veterinarian about beginning a diet trial to identify your dog’s or cat’s allergies if you suspect that your pet has a food allergy. Though theoretically simple, this is a little trickier in practice. For 6–8 and possibly 12 weeks, you must feed your dog on a novel protein or hydrolyzed diet. They are not permitted to consume any snacks, treats, or medications that contain flavorings during this time without a veterinarian’s approval.
The great news is that once you have determined that your pet has a food allergy, treating them means stopping them from eating the protein that causes their reaction. This usually entails being extremely watchful of their diet and informing service providers, such as groomers, that your dog shouldn’t be fed food items that your pet is allergic to.
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