Food Allergies In Dogs
If your dog has itchy skin, smelly ears, hot spots or red paws, they’re could be suffering from a food allergy.
Having a food allergy means that your dog’s immune system has become over-sensitive to certain ingredients in their food. Their body identifies the food as harmful and responds with defensive antibodies, causing inflammation. The results are often very uncomfortable skin and extreme itchiness. It is not very pleasant for dogs or their humans!
How do you know if your dog has a food allergy? Symptoms include:
- Itchy skin
- Red paws or ears
- Vomiting or diarrhoea
- Excessive licking, scratching or chewing
- Hot spots
Dogs are not born with food allergies, it’s something that they develop over time based on what they eat. Feeding processed foods (like kibble), not enough protein variation or feeding food with excess carbohydrates can all contribute to developing a food allergy.
Changing their diet is the only way to fix a food allergy. While drugs can mask some of the effects of the allergy, it’s cheaper and much more effective to stop the problem from happening in the first place.
HOW TO STOP FOOD ALLERGIES
- Change their diet. If their current food is causing an allergy, it’s important to change to a diet that doesn’t cause the problems.
- Feed novel protein. That means meat that your dog hasn’t had before, so it won’t cause an allergic reaction. Common novel proteins include: goat, kangaroo, emu, venison or turkey.
- Improve gut health. With 80% of your dog’s immunity in their GI system, having great gut health really important. Ensuring they have all the probiotics and enzymes they need for proper digestion is the best way to improve the gut.
- Increase Omega 3 fatty acids. Fish or coconut oil are good sources of Omega-3, and are ideally fed whole.
- Minimise vaccinations. Many vaccinations are actually unnecessary, and can do more harm than good. If you think your dog needs a vaccination, ask your vet to do a titer test first to check.
- Add anti-inflammatory foods. These are foods that naturally reduce inflammation, like turmeric, ginger, apple cider vinegar & spirulina. Remember, food is medicine!
HERE'S ONE WE PREPARED EARLIER!
Dogs with sever allergies is the single biggest problem we see affecting dog owners. To help, we’ve developed a new hypoallergenic recipe called “Green Goat”. It’s been especially formulated to help provide relief for dog’s with allergies.
Green Goat is based on a single protein - goat - which is a novel protein for most dogs. It's rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, and we include lots of anti-inflammatory ingredients like turmeric, spirulina and ginger. Green Goat also contains our “Nelly Belly” ferment for probiotics and enzymes, which promotes great gut health. These all work together to help stop the itching, scratching and chewing. And it's delicious!
If you’re dog is struggling with allergies, Whoa Nelly! Green Goat is a great food to help stop allergies. It's made fresh, sold frozen and home delivered to your door! You can order it here.
All dogs are different, and there is no “one size fits all” approach to optimal nutrition. The key is to provide wholesome, balanced foods made with minimal processing. Like most things in life, prevention is easier than the cure!