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What are Poultry Allergies?

Poultry can include meats like chicken, one of the most common food allergens for dogs, as well as options like duck which has lower incidences of allergic reactions. Food allergies can cause distressing skin conditions in canines as well as chronic disorders such as indigestion, ear infections, and breathing troubles. Allergies are due to an abnormally high defensive response to a protein, in this case, a type of poultry, which the immune system perceives as an intrusive substance. Foods are broken down into amino acids by the digestive system, and the amino acids are then absorbed by enterocytes, a type of white blood cell. If the digestive system doesn’t completely break down the proteins, the enterocytes see them as intruders and attack the body.

An allergy to poultry is an over-reaction of your dog's immune system to an unwelcome protein, in this case, a poultry protein, that is present in a particular ingredient of their diet.

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Symptoms of Poultry Allergies in Dogs

Allergies to food usually occur in adult dogs, over the age of three. There are exceptions, and a food allergy can have a detrimental effect on a young dog's growth if not addressed. Skin reactions are usually more concentrated around the face, groin, toes, and under the front legs.

  • Bald patches
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Chronic gas
  • Chronically inflamed feet
  • Coughing 
  • Diarrhea
  • Hives
  • Obsessive licking
  • Paw biting
  • Pawing at face
  • Poor growth (puppy and adolescent) 
  • Shaking of the head
  • Skin infections
  • Skin rashes
  • Vomiting
  • Wheezing

Types

If your dog has developed an allergy to a particular poultry, other avian options may still be available. Several types of poultry can be included in your dog’s food. The three most common poultry sources are: 

Chicken - This is by far the most common poultry ingredient in dog foods and is also the most likely to induce allergies in canines. 

Duck - Often used as an alternative poultry for those canines with chicken or turkey sensitivities as it has a lower incidence of allergic reactions.

Turkey - Turkey is sometimes used as an inexpensive alternative to chicken. Although it is less allergenic than chicken, allergies are somewhat more widespread to turkey than to the more exotic choices.

Incidences to more exotic avian proteins are less frequent, but they do happen. These types of proteins could include any of the following: 

  • Emu
  • Goose
  • Ostrich
  • Pheasant 
  • Quail
  • Squab

Causes of Poultry Allergies in Dogs

Food allergy - An allergy to food is a self-defense response by the immune system to an amino acid that it perceives as a threat. An allergic reaction doesn’t happen the first time an individual is exposed to the allergen as the immune system has to encounter the protein more than once for enough enterocytes to recognize it as an invader. If your pet is showing an intolerance to a particular food, it may indicate that an allergy is in the process of developing. Any individual ingredient can cause an allergic reaction, but certain foods, including chicken, dairy, beef, and egg products, tend to induce canine allergies more often than others.

Food intolerance -  Food intolerance is different from a food allergy because the reactions in food intolerance are not caused by histamine. Additional symptoms, including changes in the consistency or color of the stools, gurgling sounds from the digestive system, and abdominal pain, are common with a food intolerance. Food intolerance, although different from an allergy, can lead to allergies as the intolerance may cause the food to be improperly broken down by the digestive system.

Diagnosis of Poultry Allergies in Dogs

The symptoms of food allergy in canines show up mostly on the skin and will prompt your veterinarian to perform a cutaneous cytology to diagnose the issue. Cutaneous cytology is a procedure in which the affected skin cells collected and then examined microscopically for signs of disease, yeast infections, or mites. Your veterinarian may suggest the most common diagnostic tool for confirming and later pinpointing food allergies, which is an elimination diet. During an elimination diet, the dog’s food regimen will be switched to reduced ingredient commercial foods or unseasoned human grade food. Proteins and carbohydrates that are not included in the dog’s current food, referred to as novel ingredients, are generally the best choice for an elimination diet. All of the ingredients in the current food should be avoided when choosing the proper replacement diet. It is important to check the ingredient list for poultry meal, by-products, and flavorings to ensure the possible allergens are completely removed. 

Although either poultry or egg allergies often exist separately, it may be wise to remove egg products during an elimination diet as well if an allergy to poultry is suspected, as the proteins can be similar.  Properly implemented, an elimination diet should cause the signs and symptoms to disappear after several weeks, at which point additional ingredients will be included into the canine’s diet one at a time until the allergen is uncovered. Ensuring that your dog does not consume anything other than the food used for the elimination diet is a primary concern during this diagnostic treatment. A single treat or leftover with the offending protein can cause the allergy to resurface. Poultry proteins can be found in pet related items as diverse as: 

  • Flavored medications or supplements
  • Flavored plastic toys
  • Flavored toothpastes
  • Pigs Ears
  • Rawhides
  • Treats

Treatment of Poultry Allergies in Dogs

During the several weeks that are often required before the elimination diet can reveal the allergen, your pet may continue to experience some symptoms. Corticosteroids and antihistamines can sometimes reduce swelling and control itching, however, many veterinarians prefer to complete the elimination diet before recommending symptomatic treatment. This is  because the use of these remedies can also make it harder to determine which component in your dog’s food is causing the allergic reactions by masking visible signs. Once the allergen has been ascertained, the initial course of action is the removal of the ingredient from the dog’s diet. 

Supplements, such as Omega-3 oils and probiotics, are often recommended to support the immune system and to protect the skin itself. The additions of these supplements are intended to assist your canine’s body in handling any accidental exposure to allergens as well as to prevent the cultivation of new allergies. Secondary skin infections are also common with canine skin allergies and antibiotics may be prescribed to combat these infections. Although allergies to foods are not strictly curable, signs and symptoms generally disappear with removal of the offending ingredient from their diet. Relapses can occur from even small exposures to the allergen, so it is important that you continue to be vigilant for poultry-related components in ingredient lists. Allergic responses to one type of food will often indicate a predisposition to developing an allergy to the components of the replacement diet as well over time.

Recovery of Poultry Allergies in Dogs

Many types of proteins are suitable as a replacement to poultry in the patient’s diet. Using limited ingredient foods with novel protein sources should relieve the symptoms.

Alternative protein sources for your dog could include one or more of the following:

  • Broccoli
  • Buffalo
  • Eggs
  • Elk
  • Fish
  • Lamb
  • Lentils
  • Quinoa
  • Rabbit
  • Soybeans
  • Spinach
  • Venison

Poultry Allergies Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Reaper
Akita Inu
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

So my family and I want to adopt a beautiful Akita dog, and the owners stated that the dog has a poultry allergy, what I want to know is will this medical problem be highly expensive down the line even if we use a poultry free dog food brand and have him avoid chickens and other forms of poultry? How much money will this allergy cost us down the line the dog is 3 years old and we'd like him to stay healthy for as long as possible and just wanted to know what the medical cost would be that you could foresee I mean.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally if you eliminate poultry from food and environment, there wouldn’t be any issues; however, if Reaper develops other food allergies the usual go to of chicken would be out of the question. As far as cost, I really cannot comment as this can vary from zero to thousands. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Is it a true allergy, or allergy type reaction to chicken by-products? Chicken by-product has feather meal in it. Feather meal is high in protein, but not digestible. Do you feel that this is true in most cases? Just a bad reaction to a low quality ingredient?

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Capitan
Poodle
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Ear infections
anxiety
Rash
Diarrhea
hair pulling
intense licking

I have an 11 year old poodle/mix, he began to bite out his own hair about a month ago and he suffers from skin rashes and intense licking, (specifically on his arms along the sides). He also gets etremely nervous and agressive at times. He gets diarrhea a lot. Hes been on a chicken and rice diet, since hes allergic to alomst all kible. What would be a good solytion for his diet? And what would be a good solution for his anxiety?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout examining Capitan, I can't comment on what might be the best treatment for him. There are many causes of skin disease, including parasites, bacterial or fungal infection, or allergies, and environmental allergies are much more common than food allergies. It would be best to book an appointment with your veterinarian, have him examined, and your veterinarian can assess him skin, determine what might be going on, and give him appropriate therapy. They can also help you with his aggression, whether training or medication might be necessary.

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Mister
Boxer
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Ear itch, head shake, paw lick
Ear itching, head shaking
Ear itching, head shaking, paw licking

What is the cost of allergy testing? My dog gets yeast infections in one ear, only his left ear. They seem to happen in winter months. He has been eating food with mostly lamb and rice. His most recent outbreak happened after I got a bag of salmon and sweet potato kibble. Thinking of trying a home cooked diet, but I'm not sure which protein to use.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The price of allergy testing varies depending on the type of test done (skin versus blood test), your Veterinarian, your location and many other variables; prices generally fall between $250 and $1,000 but call your local Veterinarian’s office for an accurate local price. Ear infections may occur for various reasons which may include allergies among other causes; determining the type of allergy is the most difficult part since the allergy may be due to protein or another source. I would try feeding a basic ingredient diet for a few weeks and when there are no symptoms, introduce a protein source and see if there is a reaction. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

The carbohydrates/starches/grains are most likely what he is reacting to with yeast growth. His immune system is compromised and would probably benefit from a grain/starch free diet and some multi strain probiotics.

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Ozzy
American Staffordshire Terrier
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

scratching
Biting
Licking

Hi I have a 2 yr old American Staff Terrier. Since I brought him home he has been sneezing and he snores and when he sniffs outside he kind of grunts. He a also is very itchy though no skin rash can be found. He bites his paws and front legs. Licks like crazy too. The vet mentioned allergy yo chicken or beef and to try eliminating each for 2-3 weeks etc to check. I found some foods but he won't eat kibble much, but will eat canned. I also cook eggs and salmon and give him some too. Today he isn't eating but it is a very hot day. What can I do, just eliminate each from his diet for 2 weeks and see?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Exactly, generally we would recommend moving a dog over to a special allergy diet or a restricted ingredient diet to eliminate as many ingredients as possible and monitor for improvement over a few weeks. If there is an improvement in symptoms, we would then recommend reintroducing each ingredient individually and looking for another reaction to occur. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tina
Boston Terriers
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

I feed my dog boiled chicken she has had a very bad skin issue(3years now) losing hair licking red looking blisters that stay wet n get a thick black scab on them.She got ill when a vet gave her a antibiotic and she quit eating and drinking anpther vet said try chiken n rice i did and she has been eating boiled chicken since.Another vet have her a 2wk antibiotic shot and seemed to help but thats when all these bumps appeared a week after the shot is she allergic to chicken?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An allergy to chicken is always a possibility; the quick way to check is with allergy testing with your Veterinarian, the long way to check is to move her to a salmon and sweet potato diet to see if there is any improvement in her skin. Antibiotics may cause a reaction but are usually short lived, if you are seeing a prolonged reaction something in her food or environment may be to blame. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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muffy
apso
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

we have an apso 5 yr old with frequent ear and skin infections.
otherwise he is healthy and active.
we feed him boiled chicken n bread.
but recently one of vets informed us that skin problem is due to chicken and we should feed him fish.is it true? can fish be given to him? what about fish bones. we are vegetarian family and will be difficult for us to remove bones etc. however boiling fish is possible.
pl. suggest some solution.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various possible allergies which may be the cause of the itching which may be due to food or environment; food allergies are the easiest to test and you should try moving over to a different diet, a diet of boiled chicken and bread isn’t ideal and I would recommend getting a commercial diet specific for allergies which may contain venison, fish, lamb among other protein sources. Check your local pet shop for diets from Royal Canin, Hills, Purina and other high quality brands. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Riley
Black lab great dane mix
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking
Head Shaking and scratching

My dog is constantly shaking his head and scratching at his left ear mostly leaving all scabs. He had a hematoma about 4 years ago. We pull black tar our of his ear at least every 2 days. we have taken him to the vet and they just say it is normal stay away from chicken and beef which we have for 6 years but I does not get any better. We have had him on Fromm Lamb and lentil for about a year now and still nothing. We do not give him any table food except carrots and we occasionally give him Whimzees. What do you think this could be from? I feel so bad for him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Black debris and scratching is not normal in any dog, and food allergies are far less common than ear infections due to other allergies, or just being prone to ear infections. If your veterinarian believes that his condition is normal, it might be a good idea to get a second opinion, as he may need medication to clear up any infection that is happening in his ear.

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Sandy
Mixed
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

scratching
Itching

is it possible to get a RAST (Radio Allergo Sorbent Test) for food allergies for dogs or some other blood test like ElISA(Enzyme Linked Immuno Sorbent Assay) My dog has food allergies, that is a fact but I would like specifics and if possible quantifiable.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are some tests like VARL which are intended for the identification of allergies to food and environmental allergens, however success results do vary depending on the study referenced but would be a good starting point. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.varlallergy.com

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Theo
Catahoula Cur / whippet
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Allergy
Gas
Vomiting

Theo started throwing up yellow bile/chunks of food at 2AM yesterday and proceeded to vomit until about 11 AM yesterday. I noticed his kibble was not broken down at all in vomit. My husband said he ate a healthy amount of raw eggshells from the garbage that previous afternoon while we were at work. During the time of him eating the eggshells until now excessive licking, either myself, my husband, or himself. He has anxiety issues so I’m used to the constant licking, but he was soaking himself. Also, I noticed we had him on Beneful Puppy Chicken Formula, and he’d be literally going to town on his paws and head. We switched to beef by accident and he was doing somewhat better, but this week is fully transitioned to Hills Science Puppy Formula and it does have Chicken in it. Maybe an allergy ?

He wouldn’t eat during that time span, but now he wants to eat everything. We withheld food from him during the day (my husband gave him treats throughout the day which I didn’t know of), we fed him around 830PM, and then had explosive diarrhea which was around 9 PM. He is farting a lot, but no more bowel movements. After our walk I could hear him as if he needed to throw up, but didn’t. We recently transitioned to Hills Science Diet(over the course of 1 1/2 weeks). He has only had his second set of boosters (he will be fully vaccinated in about a week) and is due for heartworm medicine in about 5 days. I’m really not too sure as of what to do.We are officially past the 24-Hour mark. Should I bring him in to our vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Theo has a stomach upset which may be due to the uncooked egg shells, thankfully egg shells are not toxic but any faecal material or anything else may cause a tummy ache; also if Theo took from the rubbish bin he may have consumed something else from there which is causing some stomach upset. Since you’re past the 24 hour mark, I would recommend you visiting your Veterinarian today since most likely they will be closed on Sunday (try to avoid out of hour fees). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luke
Australian Shepherd
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Itching
biting at himself
Heavy Breathing
Excessive licking

My dog is allergic to poultry, I have no the chickens and ducks... Who are free ranged.. I also have an outdoor kitten.. Its hard enough to try and find dog food without poultry, poultry products and eggs... Its almost impossible to find cat food without that as well!!! Lukey eats everything he sees... I dont know what to do to get him to not constantly lick himself, to not snore, breath heavy or twitch in his sleep. He's constantly biting at his paws and his back end... And constantly itching... I need advise on what I should do... Its impossible to keep him from eating chicken shit or the kittens food (which once she's big enough we can put it up higher where he can't reach) we have so many sleepless night from his heavy breathing and excessive licking... We dont like to medicate... We would like to do as much as we can without medicating... I go to the local pet store and get pig ears which now im seeing can contain poultry protien... But the girls that work there tell me by law they have to show their ingredients.... Please fill me with advise!!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst I understand your concern of using medication to treat allergies, it is best to make Luke comfortable in the short-term whilst you are able to move your cat’s food; also fencing off your chickens and training Luke not to go in their area should help him from eating the droppings from the chickens. Normally, sensitive diets are made of poultry products (chicken, turkey, duck) as the majority of animals tolerate poultry protein. I would have an allergy test performed to determine what he can and cannot eat. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Roxie
Jack Russell Terrier
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Puss on her feet from licking

I visited a pet store and they said to change my dogs food. She now eats a lamb based meal with no chicken in it at all. How long until she starts to get better?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the cause of the paw licking was due to poultry allergies, it may take a few weeks for it to get out her system; if Roxie’s paws are oozing pus you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and treatment for any possible secondary infection. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Messi
Boxer
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Spots east infection

Medication Used

Apoquel

Done blood test elergick from all red meet rice egs piece and other stuff ...Been feeding like chicken turkey that shows in blood results it's good to go ,stoped giving her tablets and she was fine and now she gets east infection and heat spots again ,spend lots of money but geel like there is no result which is means have to go on the again wich cost me 160£ per month wich can't afford anymore ...she tryed all sort of food wet dry and raw and she defiantly don't like dry or wet that shed been giving to eat as always have direa ... any advice u can give it to me please
Thank u

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Allergies can be very difficult and complicated to control. Without seeing Messi, and her test results, and knowing what her response to medications has been, I cannot comment on how to help her at this point, unfortunately. Since your veteirnarian has seen her recently, you may be able to call and let them know that she is having problems again, and get any recommendations that they may be able to offer. I hope that you are able to help her.

In allergy testing, only a true allergy will show up. This may be more of an "intolerance" that can usually be changed with limited ingredient, and/or grain free diets. The higher end foods that is.

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Cash
Pit Heeler
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

dry, itchy skin

My dog has been suffering with dry itchy skin over the past several months. I've considered the heat being on as a factor, but I'm also considering food allergies, as he does sometimes exhibit "hot spots". I've begun an "elimination" diet to try to pinpoint what may be the cause. In eliminating chicken, do eggs also have to go?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. The protein in eggs is probably similar to the protein in chicken meat, so I would imagine that they would be related in the diet. The best way to do an elimination diet, however, is to use a prescription hypoallergenic diet available from you veterinarian - those diets are made to provide no antigenic stimulation to the gut, and if Cash's skin improves after being on that diet for 6-8 weeks, you can safely say he has a food allergy. There are many other causes for dry itchy skin that are more common, and a good examination with your veterinarian may be able to pinpoint the cause without having to do elimination diet trials. I hope that you are able to figure out the reason for his itchy skin.

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Jahbulliez
American bully
1 year old
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itchy skin, hairloss, ear scratching, hives

I have 3 American bullies and lately they are all shedding excessively and now have bald patches. I began giving them chicken based kibble when I began to notice lil hives, so I discontinued. I started them on checked, rice, veggies....they are still losing fur and have patches and hives...I noticed they are now scratching their ears...what can I feed please...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is unusual for three individual dogs to have the same allergy, normally one maximally two would have the same allergy but not all three. There may be another process going on and should be investigated; also not all allergies are food related and many environmental allergies or irritants may cause shedding of hair and the formation of hives. Parasites, chemical irritation, hormonal conditions among other causes are all possible culprits; you should have your Veterinarian check them over to look for other possible causes before looking into severe dietary changes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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