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Do you know what you have in common with your dog? He is as sensitive as you are to whatever it ingests, like food. It doesn’t have to be the actual food but the ingredients that may have been used in producing the dog food. Even the littlest of the amount added to it can actually make a dog sick, which is why you need to get expert advice before making dog meals.

One of the ingredients of dog food that can make or break the health of a dog is grain. Some types of this food can cause food sensitivities as well as allergies. The problem is, you will only know if your dog is not tolerant of grains when it is already showing allergy symptoms. Researching about your dog breed will most definitely help on this one. Also, as a preventive measure, test your dog for small amounts first before giving it full board meals.

Symptoms of allergy or sensitivity on food

Itchy, flaky, bumpy or red skin — If your dog is developing some sort of reaction to the food that you have fed it, contact your vet.  Immediately stop giving that dog food and examine the contents for any culprit ingredients.  Usually, your dog will start scratching, and bumps and flakes will continue to become visible.

Make sure not to feed your dog this dog food as well as any other dog food which has the   same ingredients. More importantly, get advice from your vet as to your dog’s meals in accordance with his findings. Follow the dosage of medicines that will get your dog back to normal again so your lives will also return to normal.

Itchy, flaky, bumpy red ears — Experts say that the best place to test a food or even topical things for tolerance is the ears. So if you are not sure as to the tolerance of your dog to a new food you fancy for him, make sure you test it on your dog’s most sensitive skin area, just behind its ear. If this sounds a bit of a myth to you, then you can proceed to get advice from a trusted vet.

If you are not able to check your dog’s tolerance to a certain food ingredient and you have already fed it to him, you can wait for an allergic reaction – like redness of the ears that can get even worse as it starts to develop bumps and flakes all over.

Gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea or vomiting — Lastly and probably the worst is when your dog develops gastrointestinal problems. Your dog can have an upset stomach that can cause it to lose bowel movement control as well as continuous vomiting.

All of these above symptoms of sensitivity and dog allergy can mean that you have fed your dog with something that shouldn’t have been ingested in the first place. Prevent it by getting information first before actually feeding your dog.


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