When a dog has internal allergies, this means that he or she is having a reaction to something that was ingested. The most common element being a chemical additive to a commercial dog food or manufactured snack. This includes artificial coloring, preservatives or chemical flavoring. A smaller number of Beagles will have intolerance for an actual food ingredient. Dogs can be allergic to anything from milk products to wheat.
Eating the ingredient each day causes a never-ending reaction, most commonly an upset stomach. (vomiting and/or diarrhea) This, in turn, often leads to weight loss and will then lead to serious health issues if not addressed.
Treatment When a Beagle is Allergic to a Food Ingredient
It is of course, recommended to have this confirmed with your Beagle's veterinarian. Once confirmed, action can be immediately taken. Once must identify the trigger. This can be done by home cooking for your dog and adding 1 ingredient every 3 weeks. It's important to not rush this process, since it can take the body weeks to recover from a moderate to severe allergic reaction.
You can begin with plain, de-boned, boiled chicken with either white rice or sweet potatoes. Only add a dash of salt and no other seasonings. To clear your Beagle's system, it is suggested to feed bland diet for 3 weeks. After this time, you may add an ingredient. Every 3 weeks, add 1 more ingredient. If you notice symptoms returning, you have found the food that your Beagle is allergic to.
Some good choices that most dogs are not allergic to are: Fish, rice (if not given already), potatoes, green beans, carrots, peas, egg (and the shell too if you finely crush it into a sand-like consistency), blueberry, raspberry, mango, banana, whole white yogurt and cottage cheese. Remember that dogs are omnivores and need both meat protein and plenty of vegetables, fruit and starch carbs.
If the Beagle has worked up to a wide range of foods
and is doing well, this often points to a sensitivity in the chemicals that are added commercial brands. If he shows any signs that a certain food is not tolerated, this should be removed from his diet. At this point, you can continue to home cook meals without that ingredient of course, or to purchase dog food that does not contain it.
If you are looking for excellent home made recipes for your Beagle, to offer great, healthy food without possible allergies, learn more about home cooking for a Beagle
Tip: The 4 most common food allergies are to: soy, wheat, corn and turkey.