Symptoms of Food Allergies in Pets and How Your Vet Can Help
Feeding your pet is one of the most important factors of pet care. Unfortunately, your pet’s immune system is just like yours in that they can develop an allergy to certain foods. There are two types of food allergies in pets: food intolerances and hypersensitivity reactions. Food intolerance may happen when your pet is first exposed to particular foods. This is commonly seen in young animals. Hypersensitivity reaction means their body’s immune system produces a reaction to an allergen when it is exposed to it over time. Both types may have the same symptoms, so it’s often difficult to tell them apart. If you suspect your pet is suffering with food allergies, it’s important to schedule an exam with your veterinarian in Radford to help determine the allergen and provide treatment. If they are having a severe allergic reaction, you should take them to the animal hospital immediately.
Symptoms of Food Allergies
It’s important to note that the symptoms of a food allergy can have some or all of the same symptoms of environmental allergies. The most common sign of a food allergy is itching, which may be primarily on the mouth or on the entire body. Other symptoms of food allergies may include:
- Extreme reactions may cause labored breathing, fatigue, and lethargy
Common Food Allergens
Your pet may have an allergic to any different food item from a wide array. However, the most common food allergies in pets are beef, chicken, and eggs. Occasionally pets are also allergic to gluten and soy food products.
How Your Radford Veterinarian Can Help
Your veterinarian can do tests to help narrow down the primary cause of your pet’s food allergy. Once an allergen has been determined, your vet can recommend foods that are safe for your pet as well as provide tips for appropriate pet care for pets with food allergies. While at home, to help determine if your pet does have a food allergy, avoid introducing new foods and food products to your pet. If your pet does start to have symptoms of a food allergy and you have recently changed their diet, try removing the new food item from their diet to see if their symptoms improve.
If you suspect your pet may have a food allergy, contact the Radford Animal Hospital to have your pet examined as soon as possible.