Ten percent of all allergy cases in dogs are food allergies, and the most common allergens are beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb, soy, pork, rabbit and fish.
We use several sources of proteins from fresh meats, seeds and plants to give a wide range in amino acids and nutrients. Over-consuming any single protein is not good, and poses a risk of developing an allergy over time. If your pet has been eating the same food every day for months or even years, there is a good chance he or she has developed an allergy to it. Contrary to popular belief, pets need diversity in their diets just like humans do.
However, the protein structure in raw meat is different from that in a cooked or processed dog food, so dogs with known allergies to these may find that they are fine on a raw diet.
If you dog has an allergy, it may show itself as one of several symptoms:
- digestive problems (gas, diarrhea, vomitting)
- itching or oozing skin
- red, irritated eyes
- nasal discharge
- coughing or sneezing
- inflamed ears
- swollen paws