Breeding practices and nutritional deficiencies are causing pets to develop allergies and sensitivities to many ingredients in commercial pet foods. These allergies will present themselves as increased itching, skin redness, hair loss, formation of sores or hot spots, discharge from the ears, or digestive upset such as diarrhea or vomiting. If something about their typical behavior changes, it is very important to evaluate their current nutrition plan and make changes where they are necessary.
Typically, the symptoms listed above can be relieved by changing your dog or cats diet. However, it is very important to be aware of your pets' behavior and take notice if something doesn't seem right because they can't tell you when these problems begin. Catching the presence of allergies early on will help save money in veterinary bills down the road. If a change in their diet does not improve their discomfort after two weeks, there may be a more serious issue present that should be evaluated by a veterinarian.
The following list includes some simple tips and ingredients to be aware of when your pet has an allergy. By applying this information, the symptoms and discomfort will begin to diminish after a few days.