Are food allergies genetic? All, or just some? If a pup from a breeding has allergies what are the odds of another pup from the same breeding having allergies also?
I think your comments on the immune system is very important - something that often overlooked. A pup's immune system is influence way before birth. If breeders are not concerned with building immune systems before birth, the pups are in trouble.I think it's tricky.
Argos as a puppy had pyoderma, which they thought was food allergy related. I think you see a lot of people jump to food allergies. In retrospect I think it had more to do with an immature immune system and over vaccination. (My bad.) Neither his parents or his siblings have shown anything comparable to what he went through.
I've also heard of people who say that mange is genetic and I don't think I believe that either.
What might be genetic is a less than stellar immune system.
Breeders contributing to the White Shepherd Genetics project list food allergies so my guess is yes some allergies are genetic, or at least there's a higher probability of a pup having them if sire and dam have them too.Are food allergies genetic? All, or just some? If a pup from a breeding has allergies what are the odds of another pup from the same breeding having allergies also?
IMHO, food allergies ( and most other allergies as well) are genentic.
Many people feed grain/gluten free kibble diets these days, which helps a lot. Not all dogs do well on raw. Just like not all dogs do well on kibble.
Not all allergies are food-related, but all food allergies are food-related, by definition.And not all allergies are food related (clearly). I do think that allergies come down to genetics.
It would be more foolish for me to feed my dog something "biologically appropriate" that made him horrendously sick!foolish owners violate these principles to the detriment of their dogs.
I would say that feeding a food that they are allergic to is feeding an inappropriate food itemAnd the number 1 cause of allergic reaction to food is feeding an inappropriate food item, and the number 2 cause of allergic reaction to food is cooking food items down to being a bone-dry hunk of kibble (and thereby removing most of the original, nutritional value of that food item)..
It would be more foolish for me to feed my dog something "biologically appropriate" that made him horrendously sick!
Which is why I feed my dog kibble to keep him out of the vet's office due to dehydration from massive butt cannon explosions.
Principles are principles, but they are not hard and fast rules. The same diet does not work for every dog, much as you would like it to.
I'll keep with my kibble fed healthy dog ^_^
Exactly. And corns, wheats, glutens, soys, etc. are food items to which a dog is highly-likely to be allergic ... as dogs were never designed to eat these foods.I would say that feeding a food that they are allergic to is feeding an inappropriate food item
Does it need backing up?Do you have anything to back up your second statement?