How do I Determine if my Dog has Food Allergies?
A food allergie occurs when a dog's immune system mistakenly identifies a particular food ingredient as harmful. The dog's body then will create antibodies to fight the invading enemy. There are many different signs that your dog could have potential allergies to his or her food.
Skin problems are the most evident symptom of food allergies. These can include skin rashes, hives, itching, paw biting, licking or biting of the tail and obsessive licking. You may also notice your dog's skin is dry. Diarrhea or vomiting after eating can also be signs of an allergic reaction. Corn, Wheat and Soy are likely to provoke an allergic reaction, and the Bluegrass Barkery does not carry any products with these ingredients. If you sespect your dog may have food allergies, examining their food is the first step to providing them with relief. Read the ingredients in the dog food your currently feeding. Be on the lookout for any dyes, filers or by-products.
There are several diets avaliable for your pet if you think they may have a food allergy. The Bluegrass Barkery offers many grain-free diets, potato-free and limited-ingredient diets, chicken's free foods, and many raw diets. Limited-ingredient diets are great for determining what your dog could have a problem with, as they are very simple, normally contain a single protien source and a single binder. Depending on the severity of your dog's allergies will help indentify what ingredients will be best. Both of our locations always have knowledgeable staff who can help you and your dog make good diet decisions.