Helping Your Dog With Severe And Extensive Food Allergies: Tips For You

Posted on: 29 December 2015

When you adopt or buy a dog to add as a member of your family, you likely assume that they will safely be able to eat any type of dog food and even table scraps without serious issue. However, if your dog has serious itching problems, has difficulty keeping food down, or has other health issues that indicate to your vet that they have severe food allergies, you may find yourself unsure of what you can do to help them overcome and deal with those allergies. Get to know some of the ways that you can make adjustments to help your dog deal with their severe food allergies and get started as soon as possible. 

Pay Close Attention To Ingredients No Matter What The Label Says

When you go shopping of dog foods and treats, you may find yourself overwhelmed with all of the different types, brands, and the different labels. It is always important to pay very close attention to every single ingredient in the food and treats when you make your selections.

Dogs with severe food allergies often have to go grain-free as well as avoid chicken, beef, and even lamb as many of these meats can also cause dogs allergic reactions. Your veterinarian will likely recommend you avoid all of these food groups rather than just one to get the best overall effects for your dog's health. Unfortunately, many products, even those that are labeled to be primarily flavored with salmon, duck, or venison may have chicken meal or chicken fat in them.

As such, even if the food and treats are labeled grain-free and made with duck, salmon or other safe meats, read through the ingredients just to be sure. Chicken products can make the otherwise allergy-friendly diet seem ineffective because there are hidden allergens in the food.

Be Patient With Your Dog

Many dogs who suffer from severe food allergies have a lot of noticeable physical issues and symptoms. Oftentimes, their allergies manifest themselves as severely itchy skin and they tend to scratch, rub, and bite themselves a great deal.

You need to be patient with your dog and try to work with them. It can take a while to find the perfect diet for your beloved pet. And even when you find the right food for them, their symptoms can take a month or two to completely resolve themselves. So, you need to try to be patient and help your dog cope as well as possible.

Remember that they cannot help the way that they feel and do not want to be engaging in these behaviors that are annoying or frustrating to you. Rinsing them with warm or cool water can help if they continue to bite or scratch. The comforting effect of the water can relieve their discomfort. You can use shampoos but be careful to get a hypoallergenic dog shampoo that does not contain any grains and use it sparingly.

Now that you know a few of the things that you can do if your dog is suffering from severe food allergies, you can better handle the situation and care for your dog to help them feel and behave better as soon as possible. For more information, contact a local veterinarian.