Food Intolerance / Insensitivity
Dogs can experience allergic reactions the same as people. But food intolerance or sensitivity is more common than a food allergy. Food intolerances/sensitivities can manifest in gastrointestinal issues, chronic itching, chronic gas, chronic skin, ear and foot infections, especially with the presence of yeast.
Food allergies reflect a more immediate immunological response whereas food intolerances/sensitivities build up over time with exposure to offending ingredient(s). Rotating foods every two to three months can do more then add to our dog's enjoyment of his food, it may help to avoid the development of particular food sensitivity and food allergies. The greater the length of time and frequency a particular food is consumed the greater likelihood an intolerance/sensitivity can develop over time.
Allergy reactions show up in allergy blood test as antibodies (IgE and IgG). Testing a dog’s saliva for a differing set of antibodies (IgA and IgM) is recommended for testing for the food sensitivity & intolerance. I have used and now recommend food sensitivity & intolerance test from NutriScan. With the NutriScan kit you collect saliva with a small cotton dental rope. You can do this at home or at the vet’s office. Then ship the kit back to Hemopet for testing.
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