There are two main types of symptom caused by food allergies in dogs.
Cutaneous allergy symptoms, which appear on the skin’s surface, cause itchiness that leads dogs to scratch themselves excessively.
This irritation is often accompanied by hair loss, redness, crusty scabs and other small lesions caused by overly intense licking and scratching. Keep an eye out for any of these signs that your pet is suffering from food allergies.
Food allergies in dogs can also present as digestive problems. These signs are the same as those linked to food intolerances, but they aren’t caused by the same mechanism. Clues that your dog is experiencing digestive distress include flatulence, loose stools and vomiting.
More often than not, food allergies in dogs start to become apparent at a young age. However, as dogs can develop an allergy at any stage of their lives, it’s important to remain attentive to changes in appearance or behaviour that could indicate something’s amiss.
If you suspect that your pet has a food allergy or intolerance, head to your nearest Chico animal store. Our pet specialists will be happy to offer advice on our wide selection of food options and help you find a solution that works for your four-legged companion.