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Dog Allergies Essay

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It is not always easy to find the best dog food for a dog with allergies, but considering that food allergies account for roughly ten percent of all of the allergies seen in dogs, it is certainly a matter worth looking into. These allergies can account for nearly twenty percent of the causes of scratching and itching in dogs. The process of how a pet becomes sensitized to any given component within the makeup of some foods, which in turn causes a reaction of antibody’s within the intestinal tract, is not one that is well understood. That we do not understand the process, however, does not mean that we do not understand the symptoms. This in turn allows us to understand a little more how to diagnose the allergies as well as how to treat them. Typically allergies will first start to manifest between the ages of 2 and 6 years, but there are outliers, as some can show up as early as 5 months or as late as 12 years. The one thing to keep in mind is that there is dog food for a dog with allergies, and with…show more content…
An owner goes about this trial by feeding the dog a food course that the animal has never eaten before, consisting of protein and carbohydrates, for at least 12 weeks. A good choice of protein, and one that is almost never used in manufacturers dog food, is rabbit or venison. As a carbohydrate use potatoes. For the next 12 weeks this new food source should be the only thing that your dog eats, meaning no treats, flavored medications, rawhide, or pig’s ears. There should be nothing but the special diet and water, and be sure to keep watch, for you should not allow your dog to wander and possibly gain access to outside food or garbage. If there is a marked reduction, or even an elimination of symptoms after 12 weeks then place your dog back on its original food. If the symptoms return once the original diet is resumed, then you have just confirmed that they have a food
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