Dog food allergy: What helps against itching, skin inflammation and diarrhoea?
Inflammation, itchy spots and many more complaints - dogs are as protected from allergies as humans. They too can have allergic reactions to certain environmental influences, such as desire or just as much as to the ingredients in their diet. If you suffer from allergies yourself, you can certainly understand that they are also diminishing the quality of life of your four-legged friend. So what can you do if it has a dog food allergy?
Your dog noticeably licks his coat often, nibbles on his paws or scratches his ears. These are just a few of the many signs that may indicate a possible allergy.
Also typical are:
- Inflammation of the ear or auditory canal
- Coat loss
- Inflammed skin spots, so-called hot spots
The symptoms usually occur when your dog has a dog food allergy, but they can also be indicative of numerous other diseases. Therefore, it is important that you have the cause clarified by a veterinarian. Itching skin-spots, frequent mucking and scratching as well as hot spots can also be triggered, for example, by mite infestations. Diarrhoea and vomiting can also be caused by changing feed too fast, by spoiled feed or poisoning. Before you rashly change the dog's food, it is important to determine the allergy trigger. A dog food allergy is basically much rarer than an allergy to flea saliva, house dust mites or pollen.
In general, one assumes a dog food allergy, although it is actually an intolerance. The key difference is, that with an allergy, your dog has come into contact with an allergen and his organism has subsequently built antibodies. If it comes into contact with the allergen again, the immune system activates and triggers defensive reactions. This leads to overreactions such as itching or inflammation. In contrast, in case of an intolerance, your dog reacts immediately upon first contact with the allergen if incompatible. The latter is much more common than a dog food allergy. However, it is much more important for your further actions to find out which allergen your dog reacts to. Whether dog food allergy or intolerance - in both cases the allergen should not be present in your dog's nutritional plan.
In order to determine an allergy or intolerance and then be able to feed the right allergy dog food, an exclusion diet is sensible. You can either do this yourself or with the assistance of a veterinarian.
- Your dog will receive a feed with only a rare source of protein and carbohydrate.
- He should never have been in contact with this before.
- Usually, exotic ingredients such as ostrich, horse or goat are used for the exclusion diets. Green Petfood uses insect bugs that are bred in the EU for allergen-free dog food. These represent a feed additive not yet used and contribute to sustainable production.
- You have to give it the dog food for allergy-sufferers until it gets better. This can take up to 10 weeks.
- As soon as the symptoms disappear, a provocation test with the old food is necessary. Thus, a test is carried out to determine whether the symptoms recur.
- If this is the case, you must continue to give the dog the allergy food, and it is checked which sources of protein it tolerates or does not tolerate.
In this way ingredients for the nutrition of your dog can be determined, to which it does not allergic.
A special product, such as hypoallergenic dog food, is not absolutely necessary for changing the feed. Although this primarily contains ingredients which in most cases do not cause allergy or intolerance. However, even such a special product cannot rule out a dog food allergy if it contains a substance that your dog cannot tolerate. It is important that you feed him with something that does not contain the allergen. For this reason, the elimination diet is important as it provides information about the ingredients your dog reacts to. Proteins contained in the grain or meat are responsible in case of many dogs. A grain-free dog food or a product that dispenses certain animal protein sources can be the solution for your dog's complaints. In Green Petfood products special ingredients are used so that the food is particularly compatible and allergies to typical dog food ingredients are almost impossible.
- Wheat, oats, barley and other grains are replaced by carbohydrates such as potatoes and peas.
- Typical animal proteins from beef, chicken or fish are dispensed with. Instead, high-quality plant protein sources such as lupine or alternatives such as insects provide the essential proteins.
- Natural nutrients such as algae and yeast ensure optimal nutrient supply.
In order to feed your dog optimally, in case of a dog-food allergy, Green Petfood has developed a special product. This resorts to insects as an alternative protein source.
Reasons and benefits:
- Insects have not been used for a long time in the production of animal food.
- In other cultures, for example in the Asian region, insects have been appreciated for many years as high-quality protein suppliers. They also have many valuable minerals and fatty acids, so they contribute to a healthy diet for your dog.
- In contrast to the use of meat, the environment is less damaged during feed production with insects. Thus, less greenhouse gases are produced, the soil is not overtaxed and the water consumption is much lower.
- Allergy-causing dog food with insect protein is positive for the environment as well as for humans. On the one hand, less agricultural land has to be used for production. On the other hand, the feed consumption is significantly lower than in conventional meat production, so that this can counteract resource constraints
If your dog reacts to grain and flesh proteins, ask yourself the question: Is a grain and meat-free diet healthy for him. The answer: Yes!
Unlike their ancestors, the wolves, dogs are omnivores, due to their genetic development. They can eat not only meat, but also fruit, vegetables and grain. They have no problem with starchy foods like potatoes or rice. It is scientifically proven that they can digest them - much better than the wolf. In order to feed your dog completely healthy, a wide range of different foodstuff is available. What is crucial in selecting and combining is that your four-legged friend gets all the nutrients that are important to its health. Some products from Green Petfood contain high-quality herbal ingredients, which are optimally adapted to the needs of dogs. They are therefore well-suited for avoiding typical allergens such as wheat and meat protein in case of dog food allergy.