Food Allergies in Animals: Can Your Pet be at Risk

Dog lovers know one thing for certain: your furry friend is not just an animal that lives in your home; it is your best friend. Your pup is a member of your family, a crucial part of your inner circle and a confidant when no one else understands. You would do anything for your dog, which is why you need to know that dog food allergies are a real concern, and your pet could be at risk.

It’s no secret that human beings frequently have allergic reactions to foods, and those reactions can often be extremely severe and dangerous. There’s a reason many schools are peanut-free zones and why so many kids have to be careful about what they eat. But this prevalence of food allergies is not limited to just people — pet allergies exist and are more common than you might think. In fact, recent research implies that “the number of pets affected by food allergies and intolerances has even converged with that of humans,” according to a working group of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI).

Remember that dogs (and other mammals) are more similar to humans than we often realize. So it should come as no surprise that their immune systems are capable of having similar responses, both positive and negative, to the foods they consume.

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