Dog Food Allergies – Watch What your Pekingese is Eating

 


Dog Food Allergies – Watch What your Pekingese is Eating

Feeding a dog is all about trial and error in order to figure out which food is the perfect match for him. And along the way, it is normal that you will encounter dog food allergies. And figuring out the appropriate food is really more than finding something that your little bundle of joy will adore, rather it is finding out the best dog food quality for him. Majority of the pekingese owners have a difficulty in acheiving both of these goals.

And the biggest issue and complain of most Pekingese owners is the fact that they are such picky eaters and often turn up their noses on the food given to them. It’s not an exeption that Pekes are such smart creatures and they are well aware for how long they can go on a hunger strike and for how long you allow them to have that attitude. Though they love their treats, sometimes even this one they would refuse especially if they are upset with something. Also bear in mind that your dog is one stubborn breed.

There are lots of foods made available in the local grocery store and most of them would usually suit your Pekingese. Just bear in mind that the essential factor here is to meet his nutritional needs as well as please his taste buds. Majority of the pekingese owners tendd to make a home-made mixture of gravy, liver, ground turkey (or other meats) and a little veggies for their little ones. You may try this one since they claim that their Pekes enjoy this kind of meal.

Another thing that you should also take into consideration is the fact that your Pekingese have very tiny small teeth and usually has a difficulty in chewin dry dog foods. And in general, Pekes don’t like canned goods for an unknown reason.  One more issue about the Pekes is that they are vary gassy. The gas is due to the food that they had eaten that is why most owners try to make their own dog food to make it more nutritious for them.

Dog Food Allergies

It may surprise you to learn that dogs often suffer from allergies.  Symptoms can include skin diseases, dry skin, fur loss, patchy fur, coughing, sneezing, wheezing, nasal or eye discharge, itching, sores, bumps under the fur, sore paws, vomiting and diarrhea.

If your dog has any of these symptoms, she may be allergic to fleas, inhalants, bacteria, foods or something she is coming in contact with.  The good news is, your dog can be tested for allergies by your veterinarian or veterinary specialist.  If you suspect your dog has a food allergy, you will want to evaluate what you are feeding him and make some changes immediately.

Source: Baby and Kid Allergies, http://babyandkidallergies.com/dog_food_allergy.php

Common Dog Allergy Myths

Myth 1: “I changed my dog’s diet a lot of times so that he won’t develop food allergies.”

Truth: Dogs are not allergic to any brand or type of foods, they are allergic to the ingredients involved in his diet! So, if he happens to be allergic to beef and you give him other kinds of food preparations which still contains beef, then he would still be itchy all over. Take a closer look at the ingredients of the food, it ususally have carbohydrate sources and proteins. Scrutinize the food label first before buying. It is rather not rare to see a food saying “lamb and rice flavor” yet it has prawn or chicken in them which are potential allergens to your dog.

Myth 2: “Dogs are alergic to soy, wheat, corn and other plant-based products.”

Truth: A study was conducted before and out of 278 cases of food allergies in dogs, the problematic ingredients were identified. Beef was on the top of the list (95 cases), followed by dairy and wheat respectively. Corn and wheat belong to the lowest levels.

Myth 3: “If my dog has allergies, why doesn’t experience diarrhea.”

Truth: Others experience it, some don’t. Dogs experiencing food allergies have concurrent gastrointestinal signs such as diarrhea or vomiting, that is why you shouldn’t rule out food allergies even if diarrhea is absent.

Myth 4: “I didn’t change anything in his diet, so it is impossible to develop any allergy now.”

Truth: Dogs can develop allergies at any point in their lives, with or without diet history.

Dog food allergies are quite common especially to a breed like pekingese since they are extra sensitive in the insides. As an owner, you should be vigilant with the signs associated with food allergies. Like what they say, knowledge is power. Being knowledgeable would give your the leverage in protecting and saving your pekingese’s life.

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  1. Steven Tesoriero says:

    I have a pekingese mix. Every year he bites out his fur on his flanks. I’ve changed nothing in his diet. His current diet is blu buffalo lamb and rice.

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