Animal allergy in dogs: you can do that
An allergy is an innate tendency. It causes an overreaction of the immune system in contact with an actually harmless substance. Before an allergy is triggered, however, it requires repeated contact with the corresponding allergen.
Allergies are not just a problem for us humans. They are also common in dogs. According to estimates, about 20 percent of all fur noses are affected in one way or another.
The two most common forms of allergy in dogs are flea allergy and atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis, also known as atopy, is triggered, among other things, by bee pollen and house dust mites.
Diagnosis of allergies
Allergies can be diagnosed using special tests. The vet performs either a blood test or an intracutaneous test.
In the intracutaneous test, the allergen is injected directly under the skin and the reaction is observed. However, both forms of allergy testing do not provide 100 percent accuracy.
Also feed allergies are a problem
In addition to the two types mentioned, allergies are often triggered by the food. For example, so-called feed allergies rank third in frequency.
What causes a food allergy and what you can do about it is explained below.
Symptoms of a food allergy
Food allergies are usually noticeable on the skin of the dog. There they express themselves in particular in the form of itching and rash.
Not infrequently the dogs lose hair by licking and scratching the affected areas and get open spots. If left untreated, they can infect me with bacteria and ignite.
Apart from skin irritation, the allergy can also trigger inflammation of the ears or paws. Likewise, it can cause problems with the gastrointestinal tract. This manifests itself, for example, in the form of diarrhea.
These are the most common triggers
Feed allergies can be caused by different ingredients of the dog food.
Above all, however, it is proteins that lead to allergies. The more frequently a dog ingests a particular protein, the more likely it is that an allergic reaction will eventually occur.
The following sources of protein are considered to be particularly risky:
- Dairy products
But other sources of protein, such as chicken, can also lead to a food allergy in your dog.
In addition to proteins, certain additives and vegetable oils are risk factors that can promote the emergence of a food allergy.
A change of food is inevitable
Do not take a food allergy with your dog lightly. Even if the diagnosis is difficult, a change of diet is inevitable for the health of your fur nose.
Because it is important to avoid the feed with allergy-causing ingredients. For this purpose, you can perform an Exclusion Diet.
With their help, the allergen can be identified in the feed and can thus be avoided in the future.
By the way, a change from one conventional feed to another rarely brings the desired result. Instead, go directly to a hypoallergenic food.
Our feeding recommendation
In case of a food allergy, we recommend trying our dog food with insect protein.
Since insect protein is practically not yet used as a protein source, it has virtually no allergy potential. Accordingly, your dog will tolerate it well.
In addition, the feed does not contain grain. Because in addition to animal proteins, it is mainly wheat, which is responsible for allergies and intolerances. By not using it, another potential cause of allergies can be ruled out.
Not just a good choice for allergy sufferers
Incidentally, we have decided not only because of the low allergy potential for insect protein. The unusual protein source has more to offer.
It has a complex amino acid structure, whereby the contained proteins of the dog can be used particularly well. In this way it is ensured that your fur nose is well supplied even without the use of conventional meat.
Whether as dry food or wet food. With our grain-free dog food with insect protein you will not only find a good choice in dogs suffering from a food allergy.