Pekingese Food Allergies and Sensitivity
Food allergies and food intolerance are very common among Pekingese dogs. Intolerance and/or full-blown allergic reactions to foods can cause great discomfort to your dog as well as severe life-threatening health problems. It is important that Pekingese owners be on the look out for the signs and symptoms of allergies as well as knowing which foods commonly cause a problem.
There is a distinction that needs to be made between a true food allergy and simply food intolerance.
Signs of Food Intolerance:
Signs of Actual Food Allergy:
- skin problems
- tail chewing
- paw chewing
- face rubbing
- ear infections
- asthma like wheezing
- behavioral changes
When we first adopted our Peke, she was on a standard kibble diet. However, we noticed right away that something was not right. She had bouts of diarrhea, severe itching in the absence of fleas, and vomiting. After doing a ton of reading and consulting countless message boards and forums on the issue, we learned that she may, in fact, be allergic to the kibble she had been eating at the shelter, which we continued to feed her. Apparently, many brands of kibble are loaded with fillers, which many dogs have a hard time digesting or are flat our allergic to. And oftentimes brands will change their ingredients which can cause an allergy, or an intolerance, which never existed before. Dogs, like people, can suddenly develop allergies or intolerance to foods which never caused a problem before.
We opted to take her off of the kibble and place our Pekingese on a frozen raw diet,which is free of fillers and contains the right ratio of meat to veggie. Because of the severity of her allergies we started her off on rabbit, rather than chicken or beef which are known allergens, and almost immediately her symptoms subsided. The hot spots were gone, the loose stools we gone. She was no longer gnawing at her skin and she had more energy. To this day, it has been four years, she has never been back to the vet, other than for routine boosters.
It is important, when you are trying to determine what food is causing the allergy, that you avoid giving her treats and/or any table scraps. Once you have found a food that agrees with your Peke, give it a full two weeks before re-introducing her treats. This will give her body enough time to re-adjust and enough time for you to see whether or not her condition is improving. During the two week period give her nothing else besides the new food, you must be diligent. After about two weeks re-introduce her treats one at at time, in two week intervals because she may also be allergic, or sensitive, to an ingredient in one of them as well. Also, rather than giving her treats which are loaded with fillers, you may want to consider a treat with one ingredient like chicken jerky (one that is made for dogs) and/or a beef jerky. Not only are they 100% natural with nothing added, they satisfy your dogs urge to chew.
It is also a great idea to offer more than one type of meat to your dog. It is a common myth that dogs should eat the same thing everyday their entire lives. Not only will feeding her a variety of foods benefit her nutritionally but it can also help to prevent the development of allergies and food sensitivities.
Common Food Allergens:
- Dairy products
Preservatives and pesticides can also cause allergies!