Allergies in dogs is a very big and relatively new subject. What’s more the list of dog allergy symptoms can make you dizzy. Unfortunately this can make the whole subject very confusing…in someone else’s hands!

In short an actual allergy is quite rare, think of a man on his hands and knees gasping for breath after eating a peanut that he has a food allergy to. Thankfully, this sudden and highly dangerous allergic reaction is rare in the general population, less than 1% (humans and dogs). However a food sensitivity or intolerance is a different animal. It’s not as severe. It’s slower to act, more chronic, building over time, and it’s very likely why you’re on this page.

Huge amounts of dogs are displaying food sensitivities today but as it’s a relatively new science knowledge of it’s true reach and implications are in the dark ages. The following articles attempt to explain it but if you’re caught for time or simply want the short explanation of what’s going on we recommend reading our shortened article “Food Sensitivity in Dogs in Ten Minutes!“. For a slightly more in depth look at the subject though, grab a cup of tea and read on!!!

cartoon dog sitting on toiletCommon Dog Allergy Symptoms

  • An itchy, recurring skin condition, sometimes accompanied by zit-like pustules that can burst and scar, sometimes turning black, maybe some hot spots
  • Gnawing between his toes
  • A recurring gut condition, soft poos bordering diarrhoea, they stink
  • Possible anal gland issues as a result of soft poos
  • Unable to put on weight
  • Recurring ear condition with mucky brown wax
  • Weepy eyes
  • Poor coat, hair loss and dry flaky skin.
  • Agitated and restless

side profile of a dog showing areas of hot inflamed areas

Other Issues Resulting from a Food Sensitivity

  • Repeated course of pills, injections, creams or antibiotics to control his mysterious condition
  • A range of different dry foods
  • A barrage of expensive tests and heard your dog suffers from “dust mite, “flea bite” or “pollen” allergy
  • A variety of diagnoses including atopic dermatitis / idiopathic dermatitis / irritable bowel / colitis / spastic gut
  • You are at your wits end.

Is Your Dry-Fed Dog Another Victim of Food Sensitivity?

You may have been mentally ticking off many of the above and nodding in agreement. Whatever your exact situation I can say three things with total and utter confidence is that should your dog be suffering an illness resulting from inflammation (skin rash, IBS type gut issues or diarrhoea often resulting in anal glands, ear infections, a nasty itch, nibbling toes, weepy eyes, arthritis, to name but a few)

The first is your dog’s symptoms began whilst on dry food, if he is not still eating it. At that time your dry food of choice was likely wheat based and you have since tried every dry food imaginable, maybe even some of the “hypoallergenic types” but to no avail after a few.

The second thing is that your dog is very likely (more than 90% of  displaying symptoms of a food sensitivity.

The third thing I can say with a high degree of confidence is that we can most certainly help you. Read on…

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