Are Dogs Allergic to Wheat Products?

by Naomi Millburn
    Consult your vet before feeding your allergic pet any new foods.

    Consult your vet before feeding your allergic pet any new foods.

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    Dogs differ in their individual food allergies, just as humans do. Some people are allergic to peanuts and some aren't. Some canines are indeed allergic to wheat products, and again, some aren't. Wheat, however, is a particularly common food allergen in the canine realm.

    Wheat Allergies and Dogs

    Wheat is often seen as a food allergen in canines, according to the ASPCA. If a dog is allergic to wheat, it's important for his owner to ensure that he never consumes the grain in any capacity, whether in his wet food, dry food or treats. Wheat is a typical component in a lot of commercially produced doggie treats, says dog expert and author of "The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook," Liz Palika. Although many dogs are allergic to wheat, most of them aren't, and digestion of the grain goes totally smoothly for them, indicates veterinarian and author of "The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook," Betsy Brevitz.

    Signs of Wheat Allergies

    If your dog is allergic to wheat, he might display clear symptoms of the issue. Intense itchiness is a common sign of canine food allergies. When dogs are extremely itchy, they frequently show it through persistently scratching themselves, massaging their faces against objects in their surroundings, biting their feet and licking their paws. Ear inflammation occasionally signifies food allergies in dogs. Dogs suffering from wheat allergies also occasionally experience digestive issues such as diarrhea and throwing up. If you feel that your pooch might be allergic to wheat, schedule an appointment with the veterinarian immediately to determine if that's actually the problem.

    Food Allergies for Life

    Food allergies in dogs don't usually come and go with time. If your dog is allergic to wheat, there's a good chance he'll be that way for life, according to veterinarian and author of "Dr. Carol's Naturally Healthy Dogs," Carol Osborne. If a veterinarian assesses your pet and determines that he's allergic to wheat, it's your duty to get her advice on offering your pet a safe, nutritious diet that's devoid of wheat. It's also your duty to make sure that your pet consumes a well-rounded wheat-free meal plan permanently. Note too that allergies can pop up at any point in a canine's life, says the ASPCA. Despite that, food allergies usually show up in extremely young puppies or in mature dogs past 6 years in age, according to veterinarian Debra Eldredge and writer Kim Campbell Thornton, authors of "The Everything Dog Health Book." Little pups that aren't even 6 months old frequently experience initial symptoms of food allergies.

    Other Canine Food Allergens

    Wheat isn't the only common canine food allergen. Other kinds of foods that frequently cause problems in dogs include corn, fish, eggs, soy, lamb, pork, chicken and beef. Many dogs are also allergic to dairy foods. If you sense that your dog is allergic to something but have no idea of specifics, a veterinarian can help you pinpoint the offending food.

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    About the Author

    Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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