Feeding a Dog With Food Intolerances

It is only now becoming recognized that food intolerances are more common among dogs than allergies to foods. In fact among dogs, about 10 to 12 percent will have or develop a food allergy. On the other hand, approximately half of all dogs have or will develop an intolerance. Intolerances are different than allergies. They occur when a dog cannot digest a certain type of food. For this reason, that dog will not be able to handle that ingredient in its food and will develop unpleasant symptoms as a result of its consumption.

If your dog suffers from a food intolerance, it is important to learn how to properly manage it. This is not only because it saves your dog from digestive upset, but also because it will ensure that your dog will obtain better nutrition. After all, if your dog is not digesting a food ingredient, then it is not absorbing the vitamins and minerals it contains. If your dog does not obtain this nutrition, it can cause deficiencies and lead to serious health consequences.

It is important to work with the veterinarian to identify which ingredient is leading to the intolerance, so that an appropriate dog food formula can be selected and you can make sure that you’re feeding your dog properly. This will likely mean that you’ll need to work through each ingredient type in everything you currently feed your dog so that you can then identify it.

The sooner you identify an intolerance, the better you will be capable of decreasing the risk of potential health problems. With the knowledge of the ingredient to which your dog is intolerant, you will be able to read every food label for anything you want to feed your dog, and can effectively avoid it.

Once you’ve identified the culprit behind the intolerance, it is actually quite easy to manage the problem.

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