How to determine if poultry is the problem?
Ok, firstly just like humans when it comes to foods there are 2 types of responses that can show, these are intolerances and allergies.
Allergies can be serious but can also cause problems which whilst not serious can seriously affect the quality of your dog's life, hair loss, inflammation, itching, skin Injuries and gastrointestinal problems.
On the other hand a dog may have an intolerance to something which can cause problems that can be uncomfortable but would rarely be serious, sometimes the intolerance may not even bother the dog but bothers their human with issues such as excess or smelly flatulence.
While often confusing, dog food allergies are slightly different from dog food intolerances or sensitivities. A dog food allergy is when your dog’s body or immune system react to defend your dog’s body. On the hand, a dog food intolerance or sensitivity is a reaction to a certain kind of food, such as chicken, as a result of your dogs digestive tract.
If you think your dog has an allergy, you should contact your veterinarian, we would always recommend using a veterinarian whom is registered with the www.rfvs.info as these vets have an active interest in raw fed dogs and will be the most up to date with dog nutrition.
Luckily when a protein is identified either through testing or an elimination diet, there is no need for a prescription diet, with almost any allergen, at Dogfoods4u we have a formula that is free from this specific protein.
Some dogs are genetically predisposed to food allergies, while others may develop them along the way. One way to avoid an intolerance and we highly recommend this, is to alternate the protein being fed to your dog, one good way to achieve this is through our Mixer boxes. The Nutriment rainbow multipack has several different proteins and ensures that your dog has some variety, this product can be found here.
Even if your dog has been eating the same food for years, they could suddenly develop an allergy to one or more ingredients. The exact reason for this is not known, but we know that a dog has to be exposed to the offending food more than once for a sensitivity to develop.
There is ongoing research to determine exactly what makes the dog's immune system more likely to express allergies. For example, puppies treated with antibiotics at an early age could have a higher threat of developing allergies later on life. This is because antibiotics fundamental change the immune system.
Chicken due to its popularity appears to be a very frequent intolerance or allergy simply because there are many dogs who are consistently fed on this sole protein.
Once your dog’s sensitivity to chicken develops, the problem can worsen. As your dog continues to eat the irritating food, their immune system responds more vigorously over time, inducing those agonizing allergy symptoms.
The best way to treat a chicken allergy once it has been identified is to completely remove the ingredient from your dog’s diet. This may mean feeding your dog a special food recommended by your vet or preparing a homemade diet. Always discuss your dog’s new diet with your veterinarian to be sure that it is meeting all of their nutritional needs.
Chicken Allergy Facts
Chicken is one of the most common ingredients in dog foods, and also one of the most common allergens for dogs.
Some dogs are genetically predisposed to food allergies
Symptoms of food allergies include itching, ear inflammation, and gastrointestinal problems
Some of the most common dog food allergies are chicken, wheat, soy, milk, beef, eggs, and corn. Since chicken is so commonly used in all types of dog food it may be difficult to deduce that your dog has a chicken allergy.
If your dog has an allergy and you're struggling to find a diet that meets their needs, contact us and we can help with your selection.