Normally dogs have a tendency to keep their paws and the rest of the body parts clean. They literally chew and bite some of the body parts to maintain a good hygiene. However if your dog excessively scratches his body around eyes, muzzle or its paws, it is something alarming and shouldn’t be left ignored. Chances are that your doggy has been under the influence of food allergy.
As per the statistical records, food allergy account for 15% of all skin diseases and 5 % of all skin diseases. One of the common sources of food allergy among dogs is diary product. Some other prominent sources include beef, chicken, wheat, eggs, corn and soy. Dogs under the influence of food allergy always tend to stretch their bodies unnecessarily so as to get some relief to the allergy affected areas.
If you suspect that your doggie has been going through any of these, do not think twice about contacting a veterinarian. Possibly the vet would advice you to opt for an elimination test diet which happens to be the most common and accurate way of detecting food allergies in dogs. If he is diagnosed with a food allergy, he would be put on a “hypoallergenic” diet which would help him avoid consuming food material which is allergic. It is best recommended to prepare an allergen free diet at home; however a variety of dog foods too are available in the market which would serve as a healthy fodder for your pet.