Food sensitivity is usually the reason for what most people call “food allergies”.
Differentiating between sensitivity and allergy is important for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Conventional veterinary treatment of “food allergies” usually results in the prescribing of antibiotics and steroids for the manifestation of skin eruptions and itching.
You’ll want to avoid these drugs when possible less your dog ends up in a cycle of sickness that is hard to stop.
Symptoms of food sensitivities include hair loss, paw licking, ear infections, skin sores, crusts, incessant itching and biting of the skin, eye discharge, stomach upset, constipation, diarrhea and bladder infections.
After going on an elimination diet and analyzing their symptoms, many times it's just a sensitivity to a single food item. After the ingredient has been removed from their diet, the itching and scratching ceases.
This is a example of true food sensitivity.
Food sensitivity can build over time or be the result of feeding the same foods over and over again.
If any of us would take the time to look closely at the foods that we eat each day, you might notice that after you stop consuming certain foods, symptoms like skin blotching, headaches and joint pain disappear. We all need a variety of foods in our diets this includes your dog.
When the body starts to react to stimuli by causing skin irritations like destructive biting and scratching, you must rule out the environmental causes systematically.
Start with the most obvious culprits like harsh detergents, flea and tick medications, and any other substance that goes in or on your dog’s body. Thyroid imbalance, yeast overgrowth and flea dermatitis must also be ruled out before moving on to food testing.
Feeding a repetitive diet full of poor quality proteins, fillers and by-products can set your dog’s body up for dysfunction, immune system overload and nutritional deficiency.