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It's not uncommon to see these symptoms occur in dogs but it's not normal. Any or all of these reactions could be dog food allergy symptoms or sensitivities.
The Dogly Nutrition Advocates & certified clinical canine nutritionists are here to help you get to the root of your dog's possible dog food allergies with answers and specific actions you can take to help your dog in three step-by-step guides in the Allergies Channel.
Guide 1: How to know if your dog has a food allergy
Guide 2: How to assess your dog's allergy symptoms
Guide 3: How to choose the best dog food for food allergies
The first step in helping your dog feel better is figuring out what's causing your pup's allergic reactions. Are you dealing with a food allergy or is it something else? In this guide, you'll learn how to help your dog overcome dog food allergies with the questions, answers, and action steps you need to know.
If your dog has food allergies or food sensitivities, you want to catch and address them early. In dogs, food sensitivities and food allergies first show up as an upset stomach.
In this guide, Alex helps you decode dog food allergy symptoms, then figure out a plan that supports your dog to get on top of food allergies.
Nutrition is your best tool for setting up your dog to live long and live well. What you feed your dog is completely in your control - unlike environmental or seasonal allergies, for example, that are largely generated from the world around you beyond your total influence.
That's why learning what you can do with clean, nutritious food naturally is invaluable to your dog's wellness - for strengthening the immune system for fighting allergies and building overall health!
Now for ways to read your dog's food allergy symptoms...
If your dog is itching and scratching incessantly or licking and chewing his or her paws, has itchy ears, orange-stained legs/paws, a blotchy tummy or other mysterious skin issues, you are not alone.
Questions about itchy skin and dogs are among the most frequent canine nutritionist and Dogly Nutrition Advocate Alex Eaton gets from dog owners.
In this guide, Alex takes you through a range of allergy symptoms, whether they're likely to be the result of food allergies/sensitivities or seasonal or environmental allergies. Most important, you'll learn what you can do about dog allergies to help your uncomfortable, itchy dog feel and actually be better!
Find out what you need to know about dust mites, seasonal allergies (pollens), other seasonal airborne allergies (your neighbor's lawn chemicals), storage mites (like dust mites but in your food cupboard/ dry dog food - ugh), and FLEAS. Including what to do to reduce the presence of all in your dog's life (and yours!).
What you need to know about the big 5 common allergens likely to trigger a sensitivity/allergy to dog food and cause adverse food reactions:
Including how to clear your dog's system of any of these food allergies/sensitivities - and how to cycle them back into your dog's diet when appropriate.
You're your dog's best observer to catch allergies early before they become more ingrained in your dog's system. You'll learn 10 food allergy signs and behaviors to watch for - from licking legs/paws to scooting - to get a jump on addressing what's happening with your dog.
Alex takes you through what's really happening in your dog's immune system when an allergic reaction is triggered. For anyone who likes understanding how things actually work, it also helps in thinking about holistic and conventional allergy solutions and the benefits of addressing the cause of your dog's allergies beyond just suppressing symptoms.
You'll learn about conventional vs holistic food allergy solutions - how they work, what they do for your dog (or not), the benefits of addressing root cause rather than just outward symptoms.
Five simple things you can add to your dog's bowl that naturally reduce inflammation - and have proved to help dogs live longer and healthier (sneak peek - one is green tea).
Inflammation is stored in fat, so the more fat a dog has, the longer it takes to get rid of inflammation (as well as disease). One of many reasons keeping your dog at ideal weight is one of the best things you can do for your pup.
Lots of learning and action steps in this guide for you to help your dog overcome allergies and be well!
Next up - choosing the best food for your dog's food allergies...
Choosing which dog foods are best for your pup is hard enough, but when you're navigating food allergies, it can get exponentially confusing.
Not to worry - certified canine nutritionist and Dogly Advocate Alex Eaton takes you through the nutritional facts and reasons behind how to make dog food decisions along with her recommendations on the best dog food in this guide.
Alex shares the seven things you want to keep in mind in sizing up ingredients on dog food, including the ingredients you DO NOT WANT in your dog's food.
Includes the five things you should know when considering a rice/chicken diet for your dog. Plus the recipe for cooking the chicken if you do decide to use this short-term diet.
An elimination diet is the type of dog food allergy testing that can be great but hard to pull off in real life. Alex explains it all for you as you weigh whether your individual dog's potential allergies warrant a food elimination diet.
The best solution for a food allergy or sensitive stomach is real food.
That means whole, fresh or minimally processed foods from a good source.
Food allergies and sensitivities are just one aspect of the allergy information and guidance in the Allergies Channel, where you'll find how to manage everything from environmental allergies to seasonal allergies to everything itchy in between.
Continue on in the Allergies Channel to all the step-by-step guides from our canine nutritionists/herbalists for more on how to understand and treat allergies in dogs - and keep your dog happy and well.
If you have any questions about allergies, you can also ask them in the Allergies Channel in the Community discussion. Or, if you ever need more personalized help, we would be happy to help you find the right Dogly Nutrition or Wellness Advocate to help you and your dog.
DISCLAIMER: The content of this website and community is based on the research, expertise, and views of each respective author. Information here is not intended to replace your one-on-one relationship with your veterinarian, but as a sharing of information and knowledge to help arm dog parents to make more informed choices. We encourage you to make health care decisions based on your research and in partnership with your vet. In cases of distress, medical issues, or emergency, always consult your veterinarian.