Try a change in diet for dog skin allergies

Posted on December 20, 2010 under Pet Health & Safety

A dog takes a bit of food from his owner.

Allergies in dogs often consist of pesky irritations that see the dog returning to the vet time and time again for creams, ointment, pills and shots.

Dog allergy symptoms include hair loss, ear infections, hot spots, inflammation, and itchy, flaking skin.

Although Dog Insurance would help keep vet costs for dog allergies treatment more manageable, often all that is required is a change in diet. Having dog and cat insurance for pets helps ensure they get the treatment they need as soon as they needs it.

According to Carol S. Foil, DVM, MS, a Board-certified specialist through the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, dog allergy symptoms develop due to hypersensitivity to one more ingredients found in their diet, even if they’ve been eating the same diet for years.

“The allergen usually is a major protein or carbohydrate ingredient such as beef, chicken, pork, corn, wheat, or soy,” wrote Foil in Itching and Allergy in Dogs, an article published by the Veterinary Information Network Library. Foil continued, “Minor ingredients such as preservatives or dyes are also potential allergens.”

Veterinarians carry prescription diets comprised of limited ingredients, which can help alleviate dog skin allergies. There are also many similar diets available in pet stores, namely those labeled “grain-free.” Many pet owners are relieved when a change in diet offers quick relief after numerous tests and medicines fail to eliminate the allergy symptoms.

As skin problems in dogs, such as mange, can be caused by fleas and parasites, always take your dog to the vet to rule out more dangerous ailments. Pet insurance can help diminish the costs assocaited with your pet’s health. But a change in diet can be one step to a happier, healthier dog that enjoys a variety of meals at dinner time.