What to do about a food allergy in dogs?

A food allergy cannot be cured, but it can be managed with a special diet and medication. It is important that your dog avoids the allergen when feeding - then he is basically spared from symptoms. A food allergy can be very stressful for dogs - Image: Shutterstock / Cryber

Does your dog suffer from itching, rash or indigestion? There may be a food allergy behind it. At least if you have already ruled out other allergies or causes. However, you can help your pet together with the vet.

Coordinate feed allergy therapy with the vet

With a so-called elimination diet, the veterinarian tries to alleviate the symptoms of your dog's food allergy. First, you need to list all of the food ingredients in the dog food and your dog must strictly avoid them for the next six to ten weeks. In this way, the complaints can calm down.

If your animal is well again, you can check carefully and in consultation with the veterinarian which food your darling is actually allergic to. In each case, a suspicious feed component is added to the bowl in small quantities over a week. The following week, try a different food. As soon as the allergic symptoms reappear, you know which food contains the allergen.

How a dog enjoys his life despite food allergy

Since the food allergy cannot be cured, the dog must strictly avoid the allergen. It is very important during the entire treatment, even during the elimination diet, that your pet eats in a balanced and versatile manner. Deficiency symptoms must not occur because certain nutrients are neglected. A food diary for your four-legged friend can be helpful to keep an overview.

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The veterinarian can also describe medications that relieve the symptoms of feed allergy. Make sure that your dog takes the medication correctly and regularly. Then he can lead a largely normal, symptom-free life.