Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014
Food intolerances and allergies can lead to a variety of symptoms all of which depend on the individual dog. A reaction to an ingredient can cause a digestive upset or symptoms can be much more vague, such as a failure to gain weight or excessive hunger. Pages 9-10 in John Burns’ Veterinary Health & Nutrition Handbook explain more about food allergies and intolerances.
We come across food allergy and intolerance on a daily basis on the nutritional helpline. At Crufts this year I spoke to a customer who had a small dog that had been having diarrhoea for a month. This dog had been checked by her vet and was otherwise healthy; the vet believed the issue was caused by an adverse reaction to food. The customer had a 2kg bag of Sensitive+ Pork and Potato from us at Crufts and has reported back to us that within two days of feeding this food her dog was producing normal stools again.
If you suspect your dog has a food intolerance please contact us for advice as the variety of Burns we recommend may depend on the age and condition of your dog.
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