Does My Dog Have Food Allergies?

Your dog LIVES for food — so what happens if he’s allergic to his dinner?

The Dodo spoke with Dr. Michelle Burch, a veterinarian from Safe Hounds Pet Insurance, to find out all about dog food allergies and how you can help when your pup’s having a reaction.

Can dogs have food allergies?

Your dog can have food allergies just like you can. “1 to 2 percent of all dogs presenting to primary care veterinarians are diagnosed with food allergies,” Dr. Burch told The Dodo.

Food allergies happen when your dog’s immune system reacts to proteins in certain foods.

“The immune system will then target the skin, gastrointestinal system and other organs during the inflammatory response,” Dr. Burch said.

Your dog can develop a food allergy at pretty much any age, even if you’ve never changed his diet.