Dogs are amazing animals and over time become a cherished member of our family and are often times treated more like children than dogs.  However, at times our dogs have issues that they are unable to communicate to us like another family member may.  One of these issues may be dog food allergies and we must be aware of the symptoms in order to discover if this may be the case.  If Rover is exhibiting symptoms such as itchy skin, weepy eyes, ear infections, flatulence, irritated anal glands (noticeable by running his bottom over the carpet), rashes, hot spots, or excessive bodily licking, especially around the feet and belly, your best friend may have a dog food allergy.

If you suspect your dog is a victim of pet food allergies, you will need to determine exactly what he is allergic to by feeding him a special diet of all natural dog food or food that is scientifically created with very low molecular weight proteins.  These low molecular weight protein foods are produced with the intent of being unable to cause food allergies in dogs.  After feeding him this diet for six weeks, you should observe a noticeable reduction in the symptoms in dogs with food allergies.  If this is the case, you must now attempt to determine what is the cause of the reaction.

The most common causes of dog food allergies are ingredients that include meat by products, yeast, sugar, sale, corn, and various chemical preservatives.  You can check the food you were previously feeding your dog for these ingredients and locate dog foods without some of the ingredients.  Reintroduce the foods with some of the ingredients in small amounts for about three weeks at a time and if the symptoms return during this period, you can begin to determine which of these ingredients is causing the issue.  Once you discover the ingredient or ingredients causing the issue, purchase food that does not contain these products.

Some experts believe food allergies in dogs cut a canines life expectancy by as much as fifty percent if left untreated.  By locating what is causing your dog's symptoms and preventing the dog food allergy, you will be helping this favorite family member live a long and happy life and will provide you and your family with a loving and loyal companion for many years to come.

For further advice on determining if your canine has dog food allergies, consult your local veterinarian.