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Food Allergies

Updated: Aug 26, 2021

Itchy skin, vomiting, diarrhea; my dog had all of these symptoms from allergies.

At first I thought he was sick. I treated him for ear infections, tried new pest and pollen treatments thinking that the spring was causing the reaction. It took me months to realize I needed to focus on his diet. With a lot of trial and error I was feeding Red only one cup of dog food a day partnered with ground beef, rice, beans, and other assortments that I learned he could handle. It was expensive, but I wanted my pup to be healthy. Through this experience, I became very educated on dog allergies and began to see them in a lot of dogs that just went ignored because the pup wasn't going into shock or dying from the symptoms.

The most accurate way of testing for food allergies is with an elimination diet trial using a hypoallergenic diet. It takes at least 8 weeks for all other food products to leave the dogs system.

While I created a diet that worked for my pup, long term it wasn't ideal. The expense on top of care if he ever needed to be watched by someone inexperienced in preparing his meals, I needed more options. Unfortunately, all the dog foods I looked at had at least one or two ingredients that Red reacted to. So, I went in and got him tested.

Getting your dogs allergies tested is a simply way to discover what your pet needs. If they cannot be tested, you still have a vet to coach you through the trial and error that took me months. After testing Red, I found that he wasn't just allergic to foods, he was allergic to a protein found in most foods. It was why he reacted so poorly to treats, all dog foods, even some weather. Thankfully though, he wasn't the only pup with this issue and my vet was able to prescribe him a medicated food precisely for his issue.

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