Dog food allergies can be a real pain for your dog. They can start with simple skin irritation that leads to incessant scratching, chewing, and licking. Before long, this can lead to chronic ear infections and possibly dog hot spots. Do you really know what is in your dog's food?

Whenever searching the list of dog food ingredients, some variety of meat should be either 1st or 2nd on the list. When looking at the 1st five ingredients, you should see 2 or even 3 different types of meat. Should you happen to discover a meat source shown 1st and then grains and vegetables afterwards, the meat is most likely in a minority.

When it comes to symptoms of dog food allergies, they can appear in weeks, months, or even years. Some people think that dog food allergies happen soon after a new food has been eaten, unfortunately this just isn't always the case. A dog can develop an intolerance to a dog food that he has been enjoying for years. These facts can make a dog food allergy hard to identify.

Indicators of dog food allergies include itchy skin, hair loss, hot spots, increased chewing of paws, and perhaps even recurring ear infections. In case your pet demonstrates signs of some of these symptoms, it is important that you get them to a vet as soon as possible.
Whenever you carry your pup to the vet and they inspect your dog's allergy symptoms, they may decide that a dog food allergy is a possibility. If this is the case, they may change your dog's diet and recommend a medicated dog shampoo to help control the skin irritation.
One common method to determine if your dog has a food allergy is to use a novel food trial. This trial requires that your dog only eat a new food with an entirely different type of protein and carbohydrate that your dog has never eaten before. It is imperative that you make your dog only eats the special dog food during the trial. This trial will normally last around 3 months and if the allergy symptoms go away, your dog's food may have been the culprit.


There are different types of dog allergies and your veterinarian can help you determine which type your dog has. Sometimes you will need to be persistent to make sure the underlying cause of your dog's allergy symptoms is uncovered.