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Features October 2018 Issue

The Gastrointestinal Symptoms Are  Probably Not a Food Allergy

First try a veterinary dermatologist, then a veterinary nutritionist.

The Gastrointestinal Symptoms Are Probably Not a Food Allergy

An allergy, yes, but not to food.

While people who suffer from allergies frequently get runny noses, watery eyes, sneezing, and congestion, dogs with allergies often itch. And that itchiness is sometimes accompanied by gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea. Thus, owners assume their pet has a food allergy. They switch from diet to diet in an attempt to weed out the offending substance thatís causing the nasty symptoms, trying grain-free, soy-free, and other types of foods but not really seeing any improvement in their dogís symptoms. Why is that?

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