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Pets With Food Allergies

Allergies are more common in pets then many people realize. As a matter of fact, allergies to foods are the most common type of allergy in pets. Figuring out what to feed a pet with allergies can be tricky, but it is important to take the time to select carefully in order to prevent your pet from experiencing discomfort.

A Closer Look at Food Allergies

 

Food allergies are caused when your pet has a bad reaction to certain foods. This is because the immune system thinks the foods are harmful to the body and attack them. To prevent this from occurring, your pet needs to avoid problematic foods.

 

Proteins are often the cause of food allergies. In addition, digestions, cooking, and freezing do not destroy the types of proteins that cause allergies to be triggered. The most common sources of proteins that cause allergies are meat, wheat, potatoes, corn, beets, yeast, and soy. Dyes, preservatives, chemicals, and other food additives can also cause an allergic reaction. In addition, certain fruits and vegetables, particularly tomatoes, can cause problems in certain pets.

 

The tendency to have food allergies is usually an inherited trait. Researchers also think pets with allergies have a genetic defect in the gut-associated lymphoid tissue, referred to as GALT. The GALT is an important component of the immune system that controls material as it enters your pet’s body through the intestines.

Symptoms of Food Allergies

 

A pet with allergic reactions will often feel nauseas. This can cause your pet to vomit, diarrhea, or just seem generally ill. Inflammation and itching also commonly occur in dogs with food allergies, which can lead to chronic skin conditions and ear infections. Cats often experience itching on their heads and necks, which causes them to scratch themselves excessively. This can cause eye infections when they accidentally scratch their eyes with the claws when scratching and rubbing their heads.

How to Preventing Food Allergies

 

If you suspect your pet has food allergies, you should only feet it a couple of foods at a time in order to determine what is causing the problem. For example, you might give your pet only one or two proteins or one or two carbohydrates at a time. In addition, you might want to try feeding commercial hydrolyzed diets, which have proteins broken into small pieces. This type of food stops the GALT from reacting to foods. Special foods such as these, however, need to be prescribed by the veterinarian. You can also you’re your pet high quality foods suitable for human consumption because the many allergic reactions are caused by the corn added to most commercial pet foods.

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