Common Food Allergies

dog food allergiesWe know that dogs can be susceptible to food allergies so we make all of our PAWsitively Sweet Bakery treats with minimal, human-grade, fresh and locally sourced ingredients. All the ingredients are clearly listed on each bag and there are no hidden ingredients or fillers.

What is a food allergy?

A food allergy occurs when a dog’s immune system mistakenly identifies a particular food ingredient as harmful. The immune system begins to overreact and then creates defensive antibodies to fight the invading enemy (the food). 

An allergic reaction can occur with food that your dog has digested before without any problems. 

What are the common signs of a food allergy?

The symptoms of an allergy include everything from skin rash, hives, itching, paw biting, obsessive licking, nausea or vomiting, chronic ear inflammation, gastrointestinal problems, diarrhea, chronic gas, licking their feet, or an itchy rear end.

Common foods that trigger allergies:

• Chicken 

• Chicken meal

• Chicken by product

• Beef meal

• Corn 

• Wheat

• Corn meal

• Fish meal 

Food allergies vs. food intolerance

Food allergies should not be confused with food intolerances. A food intolerance is a digestive problem rather than an immune response. An intolerance occurs when a dog’s digestive system is unable to digest a specific ingredient.

The signs of food intolerance include mostly digestive distress gas, bloating, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Food intolerance occurs when what is eaten has a direct, negative effect on the stomach and/or intestines, such as spoiled meat, food additives or abrupt changes in diet.

If you're concerned about possible food allergy or intolerance, be sure to speak with your vet. Check your dog food labels to see if there are any common food allergens listed. Feeding food with minimal ingredients can help prevent triggering food allergies.

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