On the other hand intolerance is a more difficult field to investigate as the cause and the mechanism are not well understood, though, as mentioned before, the symptoms are similar. It is important to remember that true food allergy in dogs is very rare and does not affect more than 3% of presented cases. Itching can start at a very young age. Puppies may be itchy at 50-60 days of age, shortly after weaning (when the dog food is introduced). An intensive farming meat and animal by-products free diet control the itch. The presence of itching in puppies which did not have the time for sensitization, could lead to the hypothesis that indeed we are dealing with a non-allergic reaction.
This Boerboel puppy 4 months old presented lesions on the ventral thorax and abdomen attributable to contact allergy or allergy to grass. Diet was changed, treatment provided but to no avail. The owner found the Maxhealth web site and then contacted the Maxhealth Vet. The diet was changed again, this time to Maxhealth, two weeks later the owner took more pictures of the lesions. The puppy is now doing well on the Maxhealth Puppy Junior formula.
- Red and watery eyes
- Dull, dry and rough coat
- Dandruff, patchy loss of hair
- Foul skin odor
- Constant scratching
- Dry, moist, dorsal and ventral skin inflammation
- Paw licking
- Chronic inflammation of the ear/s
- Excessive desire to eat grass
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Blocked anal glands (resulting in scooting)
- Severe summer itch
- Excess of body fat (obesity)
Common in sensitive dogs and although is not of clinical importance it may not be well tolerated by dog owners.