You know it from people. Some people do not tolerate gluten, the other is not so lactose (or lactose) and others suffer from fructose hypersensitivity. A phenomenon that is now so pronounced that many mockers speak of “fashion diseases”. According to estimates, however, more than 30 percent of all people now suffer from food intolerance – and the trend is rising. Lactose intolerance is currently “on trend”, with annual growth rates in the double-digit range being achieved.
Of course, there is a lot of ridicule in light of these figures – after all, there is no undisputed scientific reason why food allergies and other food intolerances are increasing so rapidly. But, even if some hypochondriacs are among the “victims” of food intolerance, the whole thing has a very serious background. There are many people who cannot tolerate fructose or lactose, not to mention serious food allergies such as hazelnuts and shellfish. It can therefore be said that there are in all likelihood that there are some hypochondriacs who only follow the “latest trend”, but also very many people who are actually affected and who suffer immensely from food intolerance.
Dogs are never hypochondriac
As with so many other things, food intolerance affects dogs and humans alike. However, with one crucial difference: dogs do not “imagine” diseases, there are no dogs that are hypochondriac. Therefore, every dog owner should take symptoms that indicate food intolerance very seriously. Because no dog in the world is “happy” to be sick.
But how do you recognize a food intolerance or food intolerance reaction in the dog? In most cases, this is an allergic reaction with a specific hypersensitivity of the immune system to certain substances that the dog should “actually” tolerate. The dog can be allergic to both food and individual feed additives. And this form of allergy occurs much more often than one might assume; in dogs, food allergy ranks third after flea allergy and atopy. If it were humans, one would probably already call the food allergy in dogs a “widespread disease””.
The spectrum of symptoms is extremely large. Feed intolerance can be shown, for example, by symptoms that are directly related to digestion, such as bloating or diarrhea. But reddened skin, hair loss, frequent scratching, pustules and self-bites can also be signs of a food intolerance.
Animal welfare and individually tailored dog nutrition
No dog is immune from food intolerance, potentially it can affect anyone, no matter how difficult, whether old or young. Allergies in particular often occur at a young age, but can also develop later – the former favorite dog food then becomes a torture for the animal!
It is particularly important that you consult a veterinarian when the symptoms appear. This is able to differentiate between other triggers such as a bacterial infection and food intolerance. In addition, the veterinarian naturally helps to find the substance or substances on which the dog has developed a food intolerance, for example with a hypoallergenic diet, on which a so-called “provocation”, i.e. the targeted and, above all, controlled feeding of suspects Fabrics follows. Based on this, the diet of the beloved four-legged friend can be changed individually so that the suffering has an end.
Prevention should not neglect underestimating dog owners either. The risk of food intolerance in dogs is significantly lower if appropriate dog food is used. And that means first of all that there are no artificial additives such as flavor enhancers – after all, they do not exist in nature. The same applies to gluten, sugar, artificial colors and artificial preservatives, all ingredients that have lost nothing in dog food, but are unfortunately still used – at the expense of dog health.