food allergies in dogs and cats
Get help honing in on your pet’s allergy-based itchiness or diarrhea
Food allergies can be tricky to diagnose, because they often share symptoms with many other pet health problems. One thing to bear in mind is that pet allergies, unlike human allergies, don’t typically show up as red eyes or runny noses. Many food allergies will first show up on skin, or as no-fun-for-anyone pet vomit or diarrhea. Your veterinary team is here to help you identify what’s causing the problem, and to offer diet and feeding advice that may help your pet.
Dogs are 6 times more likely — and cats are 15 times more likely — to develop uncomfortable skin conditions if they have food allergies. See more about skin symptoms
Possible signs and symptoms of food allergies
Cats and dogs show slightly different reactions with food allergies, but if your pet is showing one or more of these issues, it’s time to talk to the vet.
- Itchy skin or ears
- Red areas or lesions on skin
- Scratching their face or biting their feet, sides or tushes
- Recurring ear infections
What can I do to help my pet?
What foods could be triggering my pet’s allergies?
Here’s a quick list of some of the most likely culprits. If you suspect food allergies, it always good to keep a list of what foods your pet is eating so you can review that with your vet — not to mention avoid toxic foods for dogs or cats.
- Chicken Eggs
- Dairy products
- Dairy products
- Wheat gluten
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