Can Dogs Be Allergic to Certain Proteins?
Food allergies in dogs are uncommon and are determined after ruling out environmental and seasonal allergies. About 85% of itchy dogs have an allergy to insect bites (a condition called flea allergy dermatitis, or FAD) that causes a mild to severe immune response that can mimic other conditions.
Typically, dogs that present with skin and ear issues have a higher chance of having environmental or seasonal allergies.
Common skin allergies can often be managed by therapies such as:
Canine-specific allergy medications
Monthly parasite preventatives and repellants
If you are concerned about your dog having a potential food allergy or food aversion, speak with your primary care veterinarian or a board-certified veterinary nutritionist about a clinical food trial.