Dog Hair Loss
- information, causes, symptoms and treatment
Hair Loss in Dogs and Food Allergy Treatment.
sufferers of food allergies are not ignorant to the considerable damage
that this condition inflicts. In dogs, however, food allergies can be
difficult to imagine and hard to diagnose. One sign of food allergy in
dogs is that of hair loss. Food allergies in dogs are responsible for
about one tenth of all dog allergies. This can result in constant
scratching and lead to infections.
allergies are different to food intolerance. That is, allergies cause
itching and skin problems, whilst intolerance refers to the dog’s
inability to handle certain food types and the body expels it.
Allergies and Hair Loss: Culprit Foods; the Elimination Test; and
the case of food allergies in dogs, it essentially comes down to
removing foods and working out the offender. Beef, chicken and dairy
are often amongst the top foods that produce allergy in dogs. Wheat,
corn and soy are also responsible for food allergies that lead to hair
loss in dogs. Prior to conducting such tests, it is necessary to work
out if the hair loss and other symptoms are actually a result of food
allergies or not.
are a myriad of conditions that exist that have similar symptoms to
that of the food allergy in a dog and aren’t easily identified (such as
parasites and inherited conditions). Some indications that your dog may
be suffering a food allergy include:
suggested technique of sourcing the food that is causing food allergy
and hair loss in your dog is that of using homemade diets. This is
because store bought foods contain hidden constituents and specific
preservatives and chemicals. If, as the pet owner, you are lucky enough
to notice immediate results, then the culprit is an ingredient in the
store food and you have already solved the problem.
is often recommended that the elimination test to ascertain food
allergies in dogs involve one part protein, two parts carbohydrate and
the rest water. You can start with this recipe and work your way
through the various proteins. The biggest issue with conducting this
elimination technique at home is preventing the dog from acquiring food
from other sources.
is also recommended that after you believe you have sourced the cause
of the allergy, give your dog its original food and note deterioration.
This is necessary as it may not have been the culprit food and relief
could have just been coincidence. Food allergies in dogs can be
confused for other conditions that show the same symptoms, such as
itching and hair loss. They can also be difficult to pinpoint via the
elimination technique. This, however, is exactly what the pet owner
good news is that finding the food source that causes allergies is
doable, and remedying the itching and hair loss in your dog is
achievable. It just requires patience. Doesn’t your dog deserve that?