Diagnosing Dog Food Allergies

Diagnosing Dog Food Allergies

What are some ways that veterinarians diagnose food allergies in dogs?

Environmental contaminants, such as dust and mold, can cause allergies in your dog. So can his food, although it takes time to make that diagnosis. Kim Horne, a Veterinary Technician at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center, explains: “we usually will put them on a food elimination diet trial.”

That means the dog spends eight to twelve weeks on a new diet, eating protein and carbohydrate sources it hasn’t had before. If his symptoms diminish, he then goes back to his original diet, and his responses are monitored. Horne says if the animal is truly allergic to food, there will likely be an increase in symptoms, such as itching and inflamed skin or a return of GI problems. If these appear, various foods will be tried until one is found that doesn’t trigger the symptoms. The best dog food for a dog’s sensitivies or intolerance can vary depending on the specifics of each case.