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You’ve probably heard many a dog owner say that their dog can, and will, eat anything. While this may be true of certain dogs, just like humans, all dogs are not the same.

Most dog owners will ensure that their dog is deloused regularly to avoid severe flea infestations and also that the dog is protected from worms, which can seriously affect the dog’s general health. However, many owners are unaware that food allergies can also be a problem for their pooches. It’s really crucial to choose the right dog food. If your dog is constantly scratching or shaking its head and you know that it’s free from fleas, ticks and worms, then it might have a particular food allergy.

When a treat is not a treat

One of the things that everyone should avoid giving their dogs is chocolate. Normal chocolate, not the sort specifically designed for dogs, can have some pretty severe repercussions on the humble hound. Some dogs have a serious allergy to ordinary chocolate, so if you want to avoid problems it’s always best not to give them the same chocolate that you eat.

Your dog could be one of the ten percent

Vets and other animal experts are of the opinion that around ten percent of dogs will suffer from allergies and a lot of the time those allergies are caused by certain foods. If your dog gets seriously ill then it may have intolerance to a particular foodstuff, which is different and more dangerous than a food allergy. Along with severe itching, your dog may present with ear infections, stomach problems and severe diarrhoea. Usually a change in your dog’s daily diet will alleviate excessive scratching and stomach problems.

Some dogs are allergic to the fillers that are used in most commercial dog food. Much like the food we eat, it’s often best to stay as close to nature as possible. If your dog appears to be having an allergic reaction then it’s worth trying out some of the natural and organic dog food that is available on the market these days. You might find that switching over to whole food for just a short while may correct the problems caused by its daily diet. Just like humans, dogs can have too much of a good thing and a temporary change will often correct the problem. At the very least it might help you to identify just what food is causing the allergy.

Keep an eye on external factors

Dogs have a habit of picking things up when they are on the street. If you see your dog doing this, take the item away, as this could quite easily cause an allergic outbreak. The other thing that you need to watch out for is other people feeding your dog things that might not be good for the animal. Most people give things to animals out of kindness and don’t realise they could be causing problems. If your neighbour is giving leftovers and other treats to your dog then have a word with them, as this could be the root of the trouble. Follow a few simple rules and your dog will have a healthy and happy life.

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