Dogs are our loyal friends and family members. We need to make sure that they are taken care of and live long, happy lives. In this video, I will talk about the 10 things you should know about food allergies in dogs. It is important to note that if you have any concerns about your dog’s health that you consult with your veterinarian. Stay tuned for the number one thing you should know about allergies in dogs. Number 10 An allergy can present itself at any time during the dog’s life. As young as less than a year old to a dog older than five years old. But it occurs over time as a result of the dog being exposed to the allergen over and over again. You should consult with your veterinarian but there are several things you can do to determine if your dog is indeed suffering from a food allergy. Number nine The most common foods that dogs are allergic to are ones with protein. Such as chicken, beef, milk, and eggs. The protein itself is an antigen and after it interacts with the immune system, causes the cells and antibodies to react against it. Number eight All foods contain antigens. So your dog could develop an allergy to vegetables or anything else that is edible. If your dog does have a food allergy, it is possible that your dog is allergic to More than one type of food. If this is the case, it may be difficult to find the source or sources of the allergy. But it will be worth it. Number seven An allergy is an immune response to an antigen that the dog has seen before. In response to the antigen, the dog’s body creates an abundant amount of antibodies against the antigen. Please see my last video about antigens to get a better understanding of antigens in general. Number six The way to really determine if there is a food allergy is to switch up the diet for several months. But a veterinarian will be the best person to consult with on the best way to do this. Because there is no general strategy. The diet change will need to be tailored to your dog and their needs. Number five Did you know that it is rare for a dog to be allergic to peanuts? So, it is okay for your dog to eat peanut butter from time to time, just make sure the peanut butter is unsalted and does not contain the artificial sweetener xylitol. Number four In order to tell if your pup is suffering from a food allergy, you need to look out for symptoms such as an increase in your dog scratching themselves, or suffering from itchy paws. Sometimes, the symptoms will be that your pup will have chronic stomach problems and find it difficult to go to the bathroom. Or they may find that they have to go to the bathroom too much. The symptoms will be an issue that occurs over several weeks or months. Number three As a result from the uncomfortable feeling of constantly itching, your pet may get restless or bite at themselves to alleviate the itchy feeling. They may lose interest and things they normally participate in, but these behavioral symptoms are more rare. Number two There isn’t a guaranteed way to prevent your pup from developing an allergy to food. Sometimes dogs are predisposed to it if their parents have a food allergy. It is important to know about food allergies and dogs; but know that most dogs are healthy and do not develop allergies. And now for number one Other rare physical symptoms vary, but include nasal discharge or problems with breathing, to weight loss attributed to bathroom issues, and in extreme cases, seizures. The reason why your pup may be suffering from these symptoms is because their body is reacting to the protein or antigen that the pup ate and now their body is releasing chemicals and in an attempt to get rid of the foreign substance. Which of these facts informed you the most? Like and share this video. The pups are counting on you! Thank you!