Hi there Roverlutionaries! This is the second part of our series about dog diet. In this part, we want to focus on dog allergies and toxic foods.
Is your favorite pooch scratching and itching a lot? It is always a good idea for dog owners and dog sitters to first check if their dog has flees. If there are no sign of flees, there might be a chance that your pooch has a food allergy. Symptoms can start as early as your dog is still a puppy but in most cases the allergic reactions are noticed after they turn 2 years. Dogs usually need the same nutrients in their diet as humans such as protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals but they also have many intolerances and allergic reactions. Their systems can’t process much of the poor quality of ingredients that can sometimes be found in commercial dog food. Some of the allergic reaction ingredients are soy, corn, wheat, diary, fish, and eggs.
The main treatment of allergies is transition is to find a dog food that is highly digestible and higher quality and many times the allergy symptoms will disappear. However, if the dog is allergic to a specific ingredient, the trial and error is the best approach. It is a good idea for dogsitters, dog owners or Seattle dog boarding facility owner to try avoiding each food for some time until finding the one that triggers the allergy and eliminating it completely from the dog’s diet.
Dogs can eat many of the same foods just like people but there are some that are highly toxic even fatal for dogs to consume. The list below highlights some of the most common foods that can be dangerous to your pooch.
· Avoid giving chocolate and caffeinated drinks that can affect the heart
· Bones from fish and cooked bones can block the digestive system
· Macadamia nuts and Grapes can do harm to the kidneys
· Mushrooms and alcohol can end result in shock or coma.
· Citrus and bread dough can cause vomiting
· Onions and garlic have the ability to damage red blood cells and cause anemia.
· Spoiled food and garbage, well, let’s keep these in the trash can.
What is your experience with your pooch’s allergy and no no food choices? Please share your experience with our readers.
Post by Mariana
The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.