Pet Food Allergies

In some households, such as mine, the pets will eat anything and everything. However, some pets, just like humans, have sensitive tummies. As I mentioned in a previous blog, with the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to stock up on your pet’s favorite treats. If your pet suffers from pet food allergies or is on a very strict diet, have no fear! You just need to find the perfect recipe and correct ingredients, and your pooch will soon have a satisfied tummy.

For those of you who might not be sure that your pet has food allergies, there are some signs that you can look for. Some of the diverse symptoms of food allergies in pets include: chronic ear inflammation; tummy problems such as chronic diarrhea and chronic gas; repeatedly licking its feet and having an itchy bottom.

The most common food allergies in pets include beef, dairy, egg, chicken, wheat, lamb, soy, pork, rabbit and fish. With that list just spouted off to you, it may seem overwhelming at first to find something for your pet to eat. The most common way to narrow down your pet’s allergy is by process of elimination. Try eliminating some foods and see when your furry friend begins to feel better.

If and when you determine that your pet has food allergies, the best way to treat those allergies is to avoid the foods that cause a reaction. For some pet owners, the easiest way to do this is to have homemade pet foods. One word of caution: these homemade foods should have all the nutrients your specific pet needs. In general, the food or treat must contain a protein source, a carbohydrate source, a small amount of fat along with other minerals and nutrients. While most owners do find their recipes online, it is always a good idea to bring your recipes to the veterinarian and get the stamp, or nod, of approval.

Do you have a pet with allergies? How do you avoid reactions? Give us your tips in the comment section!

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