As human beings, it is very easy for a dog to develop certain allergies to things, even those that you happen to feed daily.
Depending on what your dog eats, there might be variations, between the meat feeds and grain meat, your dog can develop an allergy of one of the ingredients over time.
What are allergies
As living beings, there are some aspects of life and nutrition that the food system just does not agree with it. There is a difference between intolerance and allergies. While intolerance is usually the result of bad digestion, allergies are usually the overreaction of the body’s immunity.
Allergies often develop when the body is fighting an invasive protein in the body’s system. The sources of the proteins may vary, but here, we will look at food proteins.
People generally assume proteins often come from milk or meat, but grains and even vegetables also have proteins. During digestion, some whole proteins may get absolved into the body from the digestive system. The whole proteins are the ones that the body fights.
If you notice that your dog is displaying some signs of an allergy, you withdraw the meat and the signs persist, chances are, your dog is allergic to the grain part of the diet.
The good news is that you can be able to tell when it is happening. Here is a useful list as to why your dog could develop an allergy to grains and how you can tell it is happening.
Your dog keeps having bowel movements
As a dog owner, new or not, it is very easy to note when your dog is going to the toilet more often than usual. If you have a designated place for your dog to use as a toilet, or if you have trained your dog to use your toilet, you will notice when the dog goes frequently.
The frequent visits mean that the dog is experiencing some tummy problems. if your dog is going to the toilet a lot more after eating a grain-filled diet, you might want to check in with the vet.
There are gastrointestinal issues
The source of many allergies is the gastric passage. If you have suspicions that your dog has been digging through some garbage bins, you might want to begin by serving some low protein foods like rice.
Chances are if your dog had some issues with gastroenteritis as a puppy, allergies are going to be a recurrence in their lives. If your dog is a puppy, you need to curate a diet that will prevent the development of gastroenteritis.
In essence, it means maintaining dog food and treats as a diet, but you can always consult your vet on how to go about it. One of the ways the condition manifests in dogs is through vomiting and/or diarrhea. If your dog cannot digest the food properly, the body looks for ways of rejecting it.
Your dog might have a backed-up anal glands
Allergic reactions vary from one dog to the other. For small breeds of dogs, you need to check up with your vet frequently to have the dog’s anal glands expressed.
It is not a tasking procedure as it ensures that the dog can go to the toilet and poo comfortably and painlessly. Failure to have the glands expressed can lead to quite a health hazard.
If the glads become too impacted, they are bound to erupt, which apart from providing excruciating periods of time for the dog can cause severe issues that can be fatal to the dog. If your dogs’ anal glands are impacted, you will notice that the dog will scoot with its backside onto the floor or the ground.
You will notice some infection in the ears
Grain infections manifest in different ways in different animals. Ear infections happen to be one of the first tell-all signs of grain allergies.
If your dog keeps scratching the back of the ears using their paws or by dragging the ears through surfaces like stone or rough cloth, there is a possibility that your dog has an ear infection.
The ear area can get red due to excessive and prolonged scratching, so it is advisable to catch it early on to prevent the development of sores.
Give your dog a recommended antibiotic and take note of the infection’s reaction. If it becomes recurrent, the high probability could be caused by grain allergies.
Skin infections may develop
If your dog is experiencing some forms of grain allergies. If you take good care of your dog, you might notice a change in the luster of the dog’s fur. It becomes more rugged and dry looking.
You might also notice that your dog will keep licking and scratching at different areas of the body, like the face or their paws.
To pick out the allergy, you need to feed the dog one kind of food i.e a full carbohydrate diet or a full protein diet then note the reaction to both. It is quite the process, but probably the only way to pick out the allergy-causing food at home.
Some redness and swelling many appear
Just as you can tell when someone is having an allergic reaction to pollen, your dog might having very similar symptoms. Your dog may have very watery eyes that make it seem as if it is crying and redness around the nose or mouth.
One way to tell whether it is specifically a grain allergy and not anything else, you can try offering a selective diet of solely proteins or carbohydrates and determining after which one the dog develops the symptoms.
Allergies vary in severity, so while it is one thing to tell the symptoms, it is highly recommended that you seek the services of a veterinarian before you administer any form of medication to your doctor.
Changing diets is one of the first steps you can take to ensure that the symptoms reduce. A prescribed antibiotic is also handy to have around in case of an emergency.