Dogs with food allergies

It's thought that food allergies cause about 20% of the problems with itching and scratching in dogs. The most common dog food allergies (in order, starting with the most common) are: beef, dairy, chicken, lamb, fish, eggs, corn, wheat, and soya products.

The only way to find out which of these, if any, is causing your dog's allergic reaction is to use an 'elimination diet' in which you feed a special diet (consisting of protein and carbohydrate that your dog has never come into contact with before - and absolutely nothing else) for 12 weeks.

If the allergy symptoms disappear, your dog may have a food allergy. Then you can try introducing different foods back into the diet one at a time, to see which causes a reaction.

Once you have identified the cause of your dog's food allergy, you can avoid it. But be aware that dog food allergies often develop as a result of prolonged exposure to an ingredient, so rotate your dog's diet to include different foods.

Note: True dog food allergies are different to food intolerances, which cause diarrhoea and vomiting. Food intolerance is when a dog finds a particular food difficult to digest (similar to people getting an upset stomach after eating something that disagrees with them).

Recommended for Dogs with Food Allergies
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Contain no additives so they won't stain your carpet! 100% venison ears dog treats, which offer a hypoallergenic treat, for dogs that have an intolerance to other meat or protein sources.

Dr Chew Sweet Potato Dog Chew - Low Fat Vegan Dog Treats 454g
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Dr Chew Sweet Potato Dog Chew - Low Fat Vegan Dog Treats 454g£5.49

A low-fat vegetarian dog treat. Dr Chew, the original is a nutritious and very low fat 0.5% vegetarian dog treat made of cooked, sliced, and air dried sweet potato.

Natural Way - Skin & Coat - Wheat Free Dog Treats 1KG
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Natural Way - Skin & Coat - Wheat Free Dog Treats 1KG£7.99

The Natural Way Skin & Coat wheat free dog treats contain only ingredients that boost the immune system, and provide a range of vitamins, minerals and herbs.