Does your dog have a food allergy? Let’s take a look at your food. Feeding the same food to a dog everyday may cause them to develop an allergy or intolerance to common ingredients. The most common food ingredients responsible for allergies are chicken, beef, dairy, pork, lamb, fish, eggs, corn, and grains (e.g. wheat, whey). Corn and wheat are often used as cheap fillers in pet foods.
Dogs get ear infections for lots of reasons. Some dogs with floppy ears are just prone to more ear infections, like spaniels and hounds. Dogs who spend time in water can get moisture trapped underneath their ears which can cause ear infections.
But did you know that your dog’s food can be a contributor or could even be causing your dog’s recurring ear infections? An overgrowth of yeast could mean that your dog is not getting the nutrition it needs out of its food. Your dog may be itching its ears, scratching its ears more than normal or rubbing its ears on objects or people.
Dogs can develop food allergies just like people. However, unlike people, they cannot share crucial information for the most accurate diagnosis. With the help of a veterinarian, you should rule out other health issues before settling on a diagnosis of food allergy.
The tendency to develop allergies can also be genetically determined. Dogs with other allergies like inhalant allergies or atopy may be at increased risk for developing a food allergy. Dogs can also develop food intolerance from eating the same food day after day, which can produce the same symptoms as a food allergy.