Although allergies may come and go with the change of seasons, your Yorkie can really feel this troubling issue. Moreover, food allergies add to the suffering of your little dog.
Food allergies are also common among dogs. What can an owner do to help the little dog feel better?
There are some foods that are available that can relieve the symptoms and get your little furry friend on the road to health.
Types of Allergies
- Contact allergies- carpeting and detergents can cause this
- Environmental – from grasses and pollen
- Food – additives, such as grains and corn
You should take your dog to the vet to be tested to determine the cause of the allergy.
Common Symptoms of Food Allergies
- Skin reactions
- Ear infections that recur
- Digestive issues
- Breathing problems
- Teary or bloodshot eyes
- Scratching, chewing or licking behavior
Some of these symptoms can occur with contact or seasonal allergies, but they are also present in food allergies. The dog may have all of these symptoms or just one. By changing the diet of your dog, you can be on the way to treating food allergies.
Eliminate the Food Allergens
If you suspect that your dog is allergic to the dog food that he is being fed, it is time to find better choices. Many of the kibble dog foods in the supermarket and pet stores are filled with additives, preservatives, grains, corn, and by-products. Even eggs and poultry can have an allergic effect on some dogs.
Remember that snacks can have ingredients which cause allergic symptoms in your Yorkie, so they should be chosen with care.
Many food allergies will cause skin problems, such as rashes or itching, hot spots or sores as well as digestive issues, such as flatulence, bloating, diarrhea or vomiting. Common triggers of food allergies include:
- Preservatives that are synthetic
- Artificial flavoring and dyes
- Grain, soy, corn, and wheat
- Some proteins, including eggs, dairy, and certain meats or poultry
When you switch to a different food, it may take weeks for the improvement to appear. If your dog has vomiting or diarrhea, withhold food, but not water, for 12 hours; after that, place the dog on a bland diet of just one starch and one protein for three days. After that, you will be ready to switch foods.
Some of the kibbles that have been recommended for dogs with allergies include the following:
- Wellness CORE Natural Grain-Free for Small Breeds
- Merrick Lil Plates Grain-Free Small Breed Salmon Recipe
- Blue Buffalo Small Breed Chicken & Rice Formula
- Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Gastrointestinal Low Fat LF Dry Dog Food
- Taste of the Wild Tow Appalachian Dry Food for Small Breeds
- Life’s Abundance All Stage Dog Food
- Natural Balance LID Limited Ingredients Potato and Duck
Whichever dog food that you choose, you must read the ingredients on the back of the package to be assured that it is grain-free if your dog has allergies. Other suggested brands include Orijen and Acana.
- Grain-Free Soft Puppy Bites
Help From Your Vet
It is suggested by Pet MD that a novel protein be used, “A “novel” protein source is one that is completely new to the dog, thereby reducing the chance of an immune response.
Hydrolyzed diets are also used by vets to watch for allergic reactions. In this type of diet, the proteins are so small that the dog’s body may not recognize it as protein and therefore not react.
When you switch your Yorkie, it should take 4 to 6 weeks for a partial improvement.
Home Made Food
After you have consulted with your vet, you can make homemade specialized food for your Yorkie. If you’ve selected the novel protein approach, you may be feeding a non-typical meat, such as venison, buffalo, ostrich, salmon or duck.
You will need to buy high-quality meat if you are preparing your Yorkie’s food. To the main protein, you will be adding vegetables and carbohydrates. To this mixture, a supplement or probiotic will be added.
When you notice an allergy in your dog, it is best to take your furry friend to the vet to help determine the cause of the allergy. If it is a food issue, there are abundant dog food choices as well as home cooking to help get your Yorkie feeling his best again.