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Food allergy is one of the five most common allergies or hypersensitivities known to affect dogs.

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Food Allergies

In a pet with an allergy, the immune system overreacts and produces antibodies to substances that it would normally tolerate. This excessive response is termed an allergic or hypersensitivity reaction.

Many dogs will occasionally "react" to something they ate. This represents a food intolerance, or a sensitivity to a particular type of food, causing a mild gastrointestinal upset, rather than a true allergic reaction. In an allergic reaction to a food...read more

Food Bowl Aggression in Dogs

Some dogs continue to guard their food aggressively even after being worked with as puppies.

Punitive attempts to change them, such as making the dog wait and perform numerous tasks for food, or factors that cause increased hunger might tend to exacerbate rather than diminish the behavior. In fact, while you should be able to remove your puppy’s toys or food bowl and approach or pet your dog when it is eating or chewing on a toy, dogs that are possessive are...read more

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