How Owners Could Be Mistaking Their Dog’s Food Allergies For Spring Allergies

Many dog owners come spring time may notice heightened dog irritations and put this down to the change in season, where it may possibly be a food allergy.

It’s common for both humans and animals to experience the symptoms of allergies when springs comes around as there’s more pollen in the air, and often the season is blamed for these irritations in our pooches.

While the season may be to blame it is also possible that the symptoms their dog is suffering from is derived from an underlying issue relating to food and diet. 

Although their dogs may have never had symptoms of allergies, development of these allergies around spring either maybe coincidental or could be exacerbated by a combination of both spring and food allergies.

Food allergies in previously healthy dogs can appear later in life due to more and more exposure to the allergen, for example grain, and so it’s important to determine if this is the case rather than blaming spring time and resorting to medication alone.

Symptoms of food allergies and environmental allergies can be quite alike but one key difference can be digestive upset such as gas, diarrhea and vomiting that may suggest a food allergy. Symptoms may also include itching, red irritated eyes, nasal discharge, coughing, inflamed ears or swollen paws.

Abby from Doggy Dinners Perth suggests to start with an elimination diet to determine if your dog is possibly affected by food allergies. This involves:

  • choosing one protein they have never or rarely had before, fish is a great choice as its also loaded with anti-allergen Omega-3’s.
  • one grain free carbohydrate source for example sweet potato, chickpeas, kidney beans.
  • meals should be 2 parts carbohydrate and 1 part protein, never let the protein make up less than 25% of the meal
  • Remove all treats and snacks
  • After 6-8 weeks, if the allergies are related to food, you should observe some improvement and if so push the trial to 10-12 weeks to be certain
  • If there is no change you may have to change protein source or conclude the allergen might be outside the food bowl.

After her own dog Archie (French Bulldog X) developed symptoms of allergies at 8 months and with medications only having a short term affect, Abby decided to determine if the food in Archie’s diet was possibly contributing to his severe symptoms. Shortly after his irritations had significantly reduced so she started making her own homemade, balanced, grain-free, hypoallergenic food and found other dog owners who also benefited from this diet, so was born.

If you would like to know more about how Doggy Dinners Perth, can help you with an elimination diet for your dog, or you would just like to know more about their nutritious, grain free, hypoallergenic, home delivered dog food, please go to for more information.

Guest blog by Abby McLoughlin from Doggy Dinners, 13th October 2016

Abby  is an owner of two dogs Archie 3 and Hank 2 and lives with partner Murray in Perth. After her French Bulldog X Archie developed symptoms of allergies at 8 months old, she determined that Archie's allegies were diet related and started making her own homemade, balanced, grain-free, hypoallergenic food and so was born.

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