FOOD SENSITIVITY VS. FOOD ALLERGY:  IS IT NOT REALLY JUST THE SAME THING?

Confusing food allergies with food sensitivities (or intolerances) is a common mistake, …

So, what’s the difference? [between food sensitivity vs. food allergy]

Food allergies reflect a more immediate immunological response. A classic example of a food allergy is anaphylactic shock caused by peanuts: as soon as the person or animal comes in contact with the allergen – the peanuts – their airway closes and they cannot breathe. This response is virtually instantaneous. Boom! . . .

Food sensitivity (or intolerance), on the other hand, is typically a chronic condition and often does not involve an immunological response. It generally builds up over time – perhaps even after months or years of exposure to the offending food. . .

Although they are generally not life-threatening, food sensitivities can affect many different aspects of the dog’s physical well being. Common signs of food sensitivity include:

  • GI tract issues similar to Irritable Bowel Disorder (IBD)
    •   Chronic scratching itchy skin
    •   Chronic burping and gas rumblings (borborigmi)
    •   Chronic skin, ear and foot infections, especially with yeastThe first step in providing the proper relief to dogs with food sensitivities is to accurately identify the offending ingredient(s). With the proper information, you can begin feeding your dog a diet that agrees with his body, and he can get back to doing what he does best – being a dog.

Jean Dodds, DVM
Hemopet / NutriScan

For complete article, please visit: Dr. Jean Dodd’s website