Dog and Cat food hypersensitivity is an adverse reaction to a food or food additive. It can occur at any age, from recently weaned puppies to elderly dogs that have been eating the same food for years. Approximately 30% of dogs diagnosed with food allergy are younger than 1 year of age. It is common in dogs. Dog food hypersensitivity is characterized by nonseasonal itching that may or may not respond to steroid treatment. This itching, scratching or licking may be regional or generalized and usually involves the paws, ears, inguinal or axillary areas, face, neck and perineum (anal area). Affected skin is often red and inflammed, and papular rash may be present. Secondary bacterial or yeast infection, and Otitis externa (ear infection) are common. Other symptoms that may be seen are acral lick dermatitis, oily, smelly skin or ears dermatitis. Some dogs are minimally itchy, with only symptom being recurrent infection with Pyoderma (bacterial skin infections), yeast infections or Otitis (ear infection). In these cases, the pruritus (itching) is present only when secondary infections are left untreated. Concurrent gastrointestinal signs (frequent bowel movements, vomiting, diarrhea, gas are reported in 20-30% of cases.
How to Heal Your Pet's Food Allergy
Dr. Hofve: Figuring out which one it is is harder too because the treatments for both of them is change the diet. Now for food allergy, you would want to change to something that the cat has not been exposed to. Allergies are almost always to proteins, and they are almost always to things that the cat has been exposed to over time. So you know, remember that stupid Purina commercial where the woman puts the bowl down and the dog pushes it under the rug because it’s a new food, then they intone Purina every day. No. That’s a great way to cause food allergies. Feed the same thing every day for years – that will get you a food allergy.
Raising a Cat With Food Sensitivities and Allergies - Nutro
So it’s easier to prevent it, but the treatment is going to be get them off that food. Now for food intolerance, just changing brands or flavors and not in any particular organized way, just changing often will solve the problem. But a food allergy, you’re going to have to change to a completely different protein source. The top allergens in cats are chicken, beef, fish, wheat, corn and dairy products, so milk and cheese and all that. Those things are in most cat foods. Fish in particular, a lot of the really good brands use fish as a flavoring and as a source of essential fatty acids.
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