Does Your Pet Have a Food Allergy?
Food allergies are on the rise and often in the news. But did you know your beloved dog, cat, or other pet could also be affected? Researchers at the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology recently published a position paper focusing on food allergies and intolerances in pets.
According to researchers, all mammals are susceptible to true food allergies, as well as to food intolerances. Allergies develop when the immune system produces antibodies called immunoglobulin E, while intolerances do not involve an immune system response. Food intolerances are more common than food allergies and cause similar symptoms – skin reactions and digestive tract issues, for example - in people and in animals.
The best way to deal with food allergies or food intolerances in yourself or your pet is to avoid the offending food(s). To determine which food is causing symptoms of food intolerance in your pet, try an elimination diet: Remove all sources of protein and feed Spot or Fluffy a homemade diet prescribed by your veterinarian. Then gradually reintroduce foods one at a time to see if there’s a reaction.