Nu­tri­tional MYTH­BUST­ING

Food al­ler­gies vs. food in­tol­er­ance

Animal Scene - - VET VISIT - Text by EM­MANUEL D. MA­CA­PA­GAL, DVM

Th­ese con­cepts are not one and the same. A good ex­am­ple is lac­tose in­tol­er­ance, which is due to a de­fi­ciency of lac­tase, an en­zyme used to break down milk sug­ars. In food in­tol­er­ance, the com­mon man­i­fes­ta­tion is di­ar­rhea and vom­it­ing. An al­lergy, on the other hand, is an over-re­ac­tive re­sponse by the body’s im­mune de­fenses. When your dog comes into con­tact with some­thing s/ he's al­ler­gic to, her/his im­mune sys­tem goes into over­drive at­tack­ing the al­ler­gen, which results in skin prob­lems, itch­ing, or hair loss. There­fore, if your dog is suf­fer­ing If your dog is suf­fer­ing from food in­tol­er­ance rather than a food al­lergy, then hypoallergenic dog food will not be able to help. We rec­om­mend see­ing your vet­eri­nar­ian to get the best pos­si­ble so­lu­tion for your pet. Food in­tol­er­ances re­sult from ! " " #

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