Myth: “I haven’t changed my dog’s diet. It’s hard to believe that he would be developing a food allergy now.”
Truth: Dogs can develop food allergies at any time in their life, and with any dietary history.
Myth: “If my dog is suffering from food allergies, why doesn’t he have diarrhea?”
Truth: Some, but not all, dogs with food allergies have concurrent gastrointestinal signs like vomiting or diarrhea, so you shouldn’t rule out food allergies just because his GI tract seems to be functioning normally. If your dog has chronic gastrointestinal problems in addition to non-seasonal itchiness, a food allergy will be at the top of the list of potential problems.
If you think that your dog could have a food allergy, talk to your veterinarian. He or she can help you find the right food to keep your dog’s symptoms at bay while still providing the balanced nutrition that is essential to good health.
By Dr. Jennifer Coates, PetMD
Food Allergy Myths originally appeared on petMD.com