Is My Dog Allergic to Chicken? When to Worry

Is it possible for your dog to be allergic to chicken? The short answer: Yes, it is. Dogs can be allergic to many foods. The trick is knowing what signs to look for.

Types of allergies

There are many different types of allergies. Your dog could have anything from a skin allergy to a food allergy; and, the two can be combined. Often time, a food allergy can lead to a skin allergy.

What makes this even more problematic is that some of the symptoms can overlap.

What your dog has is a food allergy that ranges between itchiness and gastrointestinal issues.

How will you know what to look for?

The first sign or symptom is when your dog begins to itch a lot behind their ears and on their ears

Some dogs already contend with itchiness issues. That is going to be amplified by the allergy to chicken.

Your dog might have only ingested a small amount, but a small amount is all it takes sometimes. Your dog is going to start itching a lot. It is best to keep an eye on this. Your dog is trying to tell you something.

Itchiness sometimes leads to hives. Hives is a sudden outbreak brought on by food, some other irritant, or medicine. Your dog might be taking some medicine that causes them to breakout.

The outbreak is going to be triggered by the allergy to chicken. You must take notice when the hives start to appear. The vet is going to want to know when and how it started.

Do you remember how your face broke out with swelling and redness when you ingested something your body was allergic too? It is the same with pets.

Say, your dog starts to swell in the face and behind the ears. That is a tell-tale sign something is wrong.

Look(especially) at their ears and eyes. The eyelids are going to droop and start to get red. There is something wrong. Once again, all it takes is one small piece of chicken to start the outbreak and swelling.

Do you remember when your skin got irritated and inflamed over something you ate or put on your body? The redness and inflammation did not go away for some time, did it? The same situation applies to your pet.

Your dog might start to show red, blotchy marks. He or she might howl every time you touch a certain area. That is due to the inflammation. That can sometimes happen if your dog eats or drinks something they are not supposed to(like chicken).

The best thing to do is to document everything happening, including when and how it started. Your vet is going to want to know the information so they can treat your dog.

Your dog might start getting diarrhea

Diarrhea happens for a few reasons. One, your dog might have gastrointestinal(stomach) issues that bring it on. Two, your dog might have eaten something they are allergic too(like chicken). Three, it could be a combination.

Gastrointestinal issues will complicate matters if there is an allergy. The two together are like a double-edged sword. It is important you and your vet know if there is a food allergy to chicken. This way your vet can give you an alternative your dog might enjoy just the same.

Another thing your dog might do is start to vomit a lot. Vomiting may or may not be a gastrointestinal symptom. Your dog throwing up might be a one-time occurrence due to the allergy to chicken. It could also be a sign of something much larger(say, a gastrointestinal issue).

Either way, you need to talk to your vet, even if it did happen once. This way you can stop it from happening again.

Is your dog sneezing a lot?

There could be two issues. One, your dog might have a cold or some sinus issue that needs to be addressed. Two, your dog might be allergic to chicken( or something like it) and cannot eat it anymore.

There are different levels of sneezing too. Some dogs will sneeze every so often, in which case, there is probably nothing to worry about. Your dog might have eaten some chicken and cannot stop sneezing.

In which case, you should take your dog to the vet right away. The longer you wait to get your dog some help, the worse their condition will get.

Did your dog suddenly develop an ear infection after eating some chicken? Believe it or not, there is a tie between the two. Your vet can tell you more about it when you visit him or her.

Your dog is in pain, The allergy to chicken has caused in issue within the eardrum and surrounding areas. Ear infections become more challenging when you do not deal with the issue right away(it is similar to any other health issue).

Everything in your face is connected. There is an instant connection for pets and humans when there is a pain in the sinus cavity. It affects everything from the throat to the eyes. The intensity varies with every pet and human. This also could be why your dog might be having sudden headaches after eating chicken.

Talk to your vet sooner rather than later.

The diagnosis

Let’s say your vet has decided there is an allergy. He or she will then diagnose the cause of the allergen.

Do keep in mind, sometimes the testing cannot determine what is causing the allergy or the reason behind it.

Your vet might suggest an elimination diet. Feed certain things over a period of 12 weeks to figure out where the problem is.

Your vet might prescribe a medication that works best with your dog’s system to reduce the effects. He or she might suggest cutting out the food altogether. It depends on how bad the symptoms are and how deep the allergy goes.

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