Dog Food Allergies and intolerances

Definition of Dog Food Allergies and Intolerances

Dog food allergies and intolerances, along with food-related diseases, now affect a very large percentage of people and animals. Food intolerance and allergies were once considered rare, but now, more and more animals show symptoms linked to food allergies and intolerances.

Animal food allergies, especially for dogs and cats are adverse reactions to one or more substances found in food that involve the immune system. Intolerances are non-immunological reactions of the organism to one or more substances ingested, commonly caused by using pet food with low quality raw materials. However, the real cause of Dog Food Allergy Symptoms much more frequently is the body’s reaction to the most toxic chemical and/or pharmacological residues (Fig. 1). These substances may manifest themselves in two ways: in the first case, they may activate an inflammatory process; in the other they may cause an increase of secretions and excretions. Both can affect any internal or external bodily system or apparatus. These can include the skin, gastrointestinal tract, the visual and otological system, urinary, nervous and even musculoskeletal and cardiovascular. Each individual has the ability to absorb a certain amount of these residues, however, once exceeded, an inflammatory process may appear. The mechanism is simple: the inflammatory process is “the incinerator” that destroys the body’s xenobiotics. The same happens in every city, where incinerators are necessary to destroy waste. Shutting down the incinerator causes an increase in waste accumulation. It is also clear that “putting out the fire that fuels the incinerator” or rather, stopping the inflammatory process, causes a gradual accumulation of toxins and undesired substances. In fact, food intolerance and food allergies cause different levels of severity of inflammations. Contrary to what many people believe, the only real solution is to eliminate the most toxic waste instead of “putting out” the inflammation, as this represents the main process for healing.

Fig.1 Classification of American Academy of Allergy and Immunology – National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease

Characteristics of Dog Food Intolerance

Dog food intolerance & Dog Food Allergy Symptoms can affect any organ, because each individual has a different level of sensitivity. In the case of allergies, reactions will manifest themselves in the gastrointestinal system and on the skin.

Dog Food Intolerance is a phenomenon that causes an acute inflammatory process or an increase in secretions and excretions when a certain food is ingested. If it is part of the daily diet, the inflammatory process will inevitably become chronic. If the cause is not removed, the effect cannot be eliminated. Contrary to popular belief, the inflammatory state represents the ideal breeding ground for microorganisms that cause infections and not the other way around: germs are already present, but in this cause they take advantage of the inflammation, and reproduce themselves. The infection is, therefore, the effect and not the cause of the problem.

The Cause of Food Allergy Symptoms

Extensive research has identified residue found in meat from intensively farmed animals as the cause of most food allergies and intolerances. This is due to chemical and pharmacological residues, primarily from antibiotics often found in chicken and pork. These pharmacological substances are used in compliance with applicable laws to prevent the development of diseases in pigs, cows, chickens and other farm animals. All pharmacologically active residues are eliminated from the body through the activation of an inflammatory process.

Intolerance is often confused with Allergy:

How to distinguish them

It is increasingly important to define as best as possible the differential diagnosis between food allergy and intolerance. Since both conditions share some similar symptoms, it can be somewhat confusing, causing difficulties in distinguishing between the two. However, both diseases have different and distinctive elements. Consequently, it will, therefore, be useful to review the basic concepts that distinguish one from the other. Until a few years ago, it was widely believed that allergies were more common and made up more than 90 percent of the adverse reactions to food. In recent years due to ensuing research, the exact opposite has been found to be true with proof of an overwhelming predominance of food intolerances. We believe that a deprivation diet can help understand whether the food sensitivity is a food allergy or food intolerance.

Description involvement of the immune system; during immune reactions, immunoglobulins are formed and cellular mechanisms related to the formation of sensitized lymphocytes are involved physical-chemical reaction that does not involve the immune system; during hypersensitivity a non-specific influence takes place on immune system cells, which are then activated to produce inflammation mediators
Characteristics Doesn’t depend on frequency and contact time with allergen Depends on the dosage, toxicity and accumulation of problematic substances
Body areas involved mainly the skin and the gastrointestinal system involves all important systems, with inflammation and/or increased secretions and excretions
Visible symptoms bilateral wounds: localized itching and sores on the muzzle, lips, around the eyes and ears, abdomen, limbs, interdigital, widespread (anaphylactic shock) tend to be unilateral: localization of lesions and itching on the ear, neck, underarms, back, thighs, the volar aspect of the wrist, pelvis, and interdigital
Responsiveness to diet deprivation between 20 and 90 days, depending on the time of physiological elimination of circulating immunoglobulins within 24 hours to 20 days


Food Intolerance and Food Allergy Symptoms

Any food adverse reaction (allergies and food intolerances) can affect almost any organ, in fact, the following list of disorders occurred more frequently in cats and dogs with intolerances, for example:

Skin: itchy skin, dandruff, redness of the skin, licking paw, seborrhea, dermatitis, dry and dull hair, pyoderma, hot spot, scrotum dermatosis, unpleasant skin odour.

Eye: constant tearing, redness and conjunctivitis.

Ear: ear shaking, redness, excessive smell and/or discharge from the ears, and otitis.

Oral cavity: chronic gingivitis and stomatitis, periodontitis, halitosis, laryngitis and pharyngitis, excessive tartar deposits.

Gastrointestinal tract: early morning vomiting, excessive grass eating, flatulence, weakness, constipation or chronic diarrhea.

Perianal glands: inflammation of anal glands, pain, licking, bad smell.

Urogenital system: nephrologic syndromes, chronic nephritis, idiopathic cystitis, and lack or diminution of male and female fertility.

Bone structure: growth disorders, obesity, pathogenesis of osteoarthritis.

Reproduction system: irregular or silent heat, prolonged anoestrus, split heat. hypofertility, prolonged lochia, and difficult deliveries.

Behavior disorders: bad attention, hyperactivity, panic attacks, anxiety, groundless fears, mood swings, insomnia, aggressiveness.

Solution to Dog Food Allergies and Intolerances

In order to achieve and maintain good health in animals, it is essential to remove the toxins from the diet, which may be the cause of food intolerance or allergy. We formulated our Active product Line specifically for dogs with food hypersensitivity after extensive studies of the conditions that affect different parts of the body. The products of this line contain kibbles and heart-shaped tablets, natural ingredients and selected sources of proteins and carbohydrates that are free of the most toxic chemical and pharmacological residues.

Take care of your pets by giving them a correct and balanced diet! FORZA10 is the result of extensive studies carried out by the veterinary staff at SANYpet, under the guidance of Dr. Sergio Canello, the veterinary pioneer that has become a worldwide expert in the study food intolerances and allergies.

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