So if you are reading this the chances are that your pooch isn’t quite themselves and you may have an inkling that it could be a food intolerance nut you’re not 100% sure.
Firstly, let’s look at the difference between an INTOLERANCE and an ALLERGY.
An allergy causes an IMMUNE SYSTEM reaction that has negative effects on the organs in a dog’s body and can have fatal consequences. You could see swelling, lethargy, breathing difficulties.
An intolerance causes a reaction of the DIGESTIVE SYSTEM and whilst the effects on a dog are negative they are never usually life threatening.
What are the signs of a food intolerance?
1. Changes in the frequency of bowel movements that shows a consistent increase or decrease over time should definitely not be ignored
2. Vomiting - if your dog is vomiting a little or a lot something in their diet could definitely be effecting them.
3. Flatulence – if Fido is letting rip more frequently there will be a reason for it. Gases building up in his stomach could be sign of something not agreeing with his digestive system.
4. Diarrhoea – when is it not right? When it does not resemble a solid form. This is probably the most common sign that something is not agreeing with your dog.
What can you do if you suspect a problem?
If you dog is not eating, not drinking there is bloody in their vomit or stools you need to seek the attention of a vet straight away.
If all their normal activities are not being impacted here are a few things you can do…
Start a food diary – write down the first 6 ingredients in your dog's feed and any treats you give. The first six ingredients have the highest percentages therefore, will be the ones that are more than likely causing problems.
Try and avoid some of the following if not all; Beef (including offal), Grains (rice, oats, flours, brans) even Gluten free flour is not Grain free.
Dairy is high up there, butter, milk, cheese and yogurt. Peas/pea protein are in A LOT of processed dog foods as they are a cheap way of bulking out a product without using grains.
Talk to someone about feeding a RAW diet. You know what will go in and it’s easier to take something away if there is an issue. If you were to feed raw beef and there was an issue, you know that it is that ingredient. You cannot do this on a processed diet.
Look at buying treats that are hypoallergenic, grain and dairy free
You can check out all my treats online at www.thesplendidsmallholding.co.uk/treats they are all grain free and I have treats for dogs with all intolerances and allergies. Check out my range of herbal teas that are blended it help with digestive issues like flatulence.
If in doubt always seeks the advice of a vet and remember if changing your dog’s feed to do this gradually over a period of 1 week.