It is a little known fact amongst dog owners that dog allergies related to food are caused by the high protein content of the diet that most dogs are automatically put on from the moment that they are old enough to eat solids. Most owners whose pooches suffer from dog food allergies have blamed the flavourings and preservatives that are added to dog food in the past. However, research has proved that this is most definitely not the case.

Beef, soy, wheat, corn, dairy products, chicken and eggs are the main triggers of dog allergies related to food. All of them have protein as an integral part of their make up but have little else in common, so it stands to reason that it is protein content that causes the dog allergies. Research has shed a little more light on this because it has revealed that the amount of protein consumed directly affects whether a dog will be allergic to it or not, rather than a dog allergy being dependent on the composition of the protein itself. This latter statement refers to the fact that one form of protein can be slightly different to another and have more or less chance of provoking an allergic reaction on that basis. However, if a dog has a protein allergy then he will react to protein, end of story.

As a result of the increase of instances of dog allergies to protein, pet food companies have largely began to market alternative foods. Lamb and rice is now a common alternative. Although both foods do contain protein, they are not normally present in everyday dog food and thus it is difficult for a dog to have already developed an allergy to them. Dog allergies usually develop as a result of exposure to a substance or as a result of a genetic intolerance. In the case of lamb and rice, neither has been possible until recent years.

 There is no way to safeguard your pet against dog allergies to food. They either are or are not allergic to protein. The only action that you can take is experimentation to see what forms of protein he or she is allergic to and limit the intake of that form in future. Cooking your dog fresh meals may also go some way towards helping, but vigilance is the key to ensuring that your dog remains healthy. 

To find out more about dog’s food allergies check out Dealing with Your Dog’s Allergies

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