Most common food allergies in dogs | Cesar's Way

The most common proteins that cause allergy symptoms in dogs are beef, dairy and chicken
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Several studies have shown that some ingredients are more likely to cause food allergies than others. In order of the most common offenders in dogs are beef, dairy products, chicken, wheat, chicken eggs, corn, and soy. As you may have noticed, the most common offenders are the most common ingredients in dog foods. This correlation is not a coincidence. While some proteins might be slightly more antigenic than others, many proteins are similar in form and the incidence of allergic reactions are probably associated with the amount of exposure. For example, pet foods have historically been made up of beef, chicken, corn, and wheat. In an effort to combat food allergies, several companies produced a diet made of lamb and rice. There was nothing special about lamb and rice diets except those two ingredients were normally not present in pet foods. Animals had not eaten lamb or rice before, and therefore, had not developed an allergy to it yet. If the main ingredients in pet food become lamb and rice, then it would stand to reason that the most common problem foods could become lamb and rice. The determinant of whether a food is likely to cause a food allergy or not is based on the structure and size of the glycoprotein in the food. In addition, many lamb and rice-based foods contain many other ingredients, and if the animal has a food allergy to any of them, this lamb and rice food will do nothing to treat the food allergy. In addition, while many people criticized and blamed preservatives and flavorings as a source of food allergies, studies have shown that they are not the causes, and while we may not have justifiable health concerns about preservatives, food allergies is not one of them.
The most common food or food ingredients that have been found to cause allergies in dogs are beef, dairy products, and wheat
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Just like yogurt is good for people with yeast infections, it can be helpful for dogs too. Beware of yogurt, however, because some dogs have an allergy to dairy, or it can cause gastrointestinal problems if your dog is lactose intolerant. If you do feed your dog yogurt, use plain yogurt. If your dog is overweight, use a non-fat or low-fat yogurt. Start with about a half of a cup of yogurt once a day in addition to his regular food. If he tolerates that well, increase it to about a cup a day. The probiotics in the yogurt will help your dog's natural immunity kick in to kick out the yeast. “Dogs have varying degrees of lactose intolerance, so some dogs who drink milk may just experience mild GI distress, or none at all, while others will have severe clinical signs,” shares Brausa. Further, milk and dairy products are common triggers for food allergies in dogs.
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Dairy products cause allergies in dogs mainly due to the lactose thatis present in these foods. Dogs with lactose intolerance or allergies to dairy should avoid any type of such products including milk, sour cream, yogurt or cheese. Milk and dairy products are not necessary for the dog's diet, but if your dog enjoys milk, you can opt for lactose free products. He may tolerate these.On top of causing digestive issues in dogs who are lactose intolerant, milk can be problematic in dogs with certain medical conditions. For instance, some dogs may be allergic to dairy. A common cliche’ is dog owners feeding their dogs a bowl of milk or a scoop of ice-cream to their dogs who won’t eat, only to make matters worse as this can trigger a bout of pancreatitis in dogs predisposed to it, explains veterinarian Also, some medications are not meant to be taken with dairy, so it’s always a good practice to carefully read all leaflets and labels associated with certain medications.They’re getting enough calcium and other vitamins from their diet already if you’re doing your job and providing them with quality food. Some dogs are actually allergic to dairy as well, and obvious signs of an allergic reaction are itchy paws and an itchy face.Once puppies have been weaned they’ll produce less lactase and this is when most dogs can, in fact, become lactose intolerant. A dog that is lactose intolerant can experience the same kinds of symptoms as people with the condition. “Dogs have varying degrees of lactose intolerance, so some dogs who drink milk may just experience mild GI distress, or none at all, while others will have severe clinical signs,” shares Brausa. Further, milk and dairy products are common triggers for food allergies in dogs. “A food allergy to milk or dairy can appear as irritation of the skin, redness, itching and GI upset such as vomiting and diarrhea,” says Liff.