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Dog Allergies: 12 Things Every Owner Should Know

Dog allergies have the same causes as human allergies. They occur when your pet has an overly active immune system, which mistakes harmless environmental particles as disease-causing intruders. Thus, when your pet comes into contact with these substances, its immune system kicks in and an allergic reaction is the end result.

Just like people, dogs can be allergic to many different things. As such, veterinarians and pet guardians sometimes have to do some detective work to figure out exactly what is causing your pet’s discomfort. To that end, here’s a list of 12 essential facts that every pet owner should know.

1. Certain Foods can Trigger Allergic Reactions in Dogs

Like people, dogs can also be allergic to certain foods. However, it can take some legwork to figure out exactly what food causes your pet’s reaction, especially if you commonly feed your pet “people food” as a treat. However, it is important to remember that meats and other ingredients that are widely used in commercially prepared dog foods can also cause allergic reactions.

Foods known to cause allergic reactions in dogs include beef, chicken, eggs, fish, lamb, pork, rabbit, and soy. Dogs are often allergic to more than one type of food; in fact, it’s quite rare for a dog with food allergies to have problems with only one particular item.

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