Dog Allergy Testing

Dog Allergy Testing

If your dog regularly experiences issues with their digestive health, skin or coat, especially after eating, then they may have a food allergy. And the main issue is that your furry friend can’t tell you how they’re feeling or if they’re experiencing any discomfort, so it’s up to you to look out for the signs and symptoms. If you suspect your dog could have an allergy or intolerance, you can confirm it with a pet sensitivity test so you can manage your dog's diet – that way, they can go back to being their same, soppy self in no time.

Can dogs have a food allergy?

Absolutely, like with humans, dogs can have food allergies and intolerances. And like us, they can develop at any stage of your dog’s life. Whether they’ve shown signs or symptoms in the past or not.

How common are dog food allergies?

Food allergies in dogs are actually more common than you might think. Data shows that around 10% of dogs have an allergy and it’s likely that an even higher number have a food intolerance.

Difference between a dog food allergy and dog food intolerance

A dog food allergy and a dog food intolerance have similar symptoms, however, they’re caused by two very different things. An allergy is caused by your dog’s immune system incorrectly perceiving a certain type of food as a threat, and as a result, it attempts to fight that threat. 

An intolerance is caused by your dog not being able to metabolise or digest specific foods, which is why an intolerance often centres in the stomach and digestive system. Statistically, it is much more likely that your dog has a food intolerance.

Both an allergy and an intolerance can cause similar symptoms, which is why it’s easy to confuse them. Regardless of which one your pet may have, both can be uncomfortable, unpleasant and sometimes painful for your dog. This is why it’s important to identify exactly what type of food your dog might have an allergy or sensitivity to so it can be properly managed.

Common dog food allergies

Like humans, dogs can have an allergy to a wide range of foods. But, there are certain types of food that dogs are more likely to have an allergy or intolerance to. In dogs, this is more likely to be proteins as it’s usually a core part of their diet. Below are some of the most common dog food allergies and intolerances.


Beef is a popular dog food ingredient, and the more of one type of food a dog eats the more likely it is to develop an intolerance. Help lower the likelihood of your dog developing a beef allergy by providing it with a varied diet.


Chicken is another protein commonly used in dog food, so make sure it’s given to your dog as part of a mixed diet. It’s possible for your dog to have an allergy to one type of meat but not another.


Lamb isn’t found in dog food products quite as often as beef or chicken, but it’s still a frequently used ingredient. So, it can be a potential cause of your dog’s allergy symptoms.


When a dog has an egg allergy, it’s usually the protein-rich yolk that’s the cause. However, if your dog does have an egg allergy or intolerance it’s recommended that you avoid feeding them eggs or products that contain eggs altogether.


Many dogs have a dairy intolerance as dairy isn’t a normal part of their diet. You may find that your dog can eat certain dairy products without showing symptoms, such as cheese, but may suffer with others, such as milk. If this is the case, you’ll probably want to avoid giving them any kind of dairy to avoid triggering their sensitivity.


Wheat may not be a major source of protein, but it is still a relatively common allergy for dogs to have. If your dog shows symptoms after eating grains then they may have a wheat allergy.

Can dogs eat human food?

Your dog is likely one of your best friends, so it’s only natural that you want to share a little bit of your food with them. Thankfully, many types of human food are absolutely fine for dogs to eat, especially if done so in small amounts. The food you’re fine to share with your dog includes:

However, there are plenty of foods to avoid giving to your dog, as they can be toxic even in small amounts, or cause blockages. These include:

  • Fruit, such as cherries, lemons and grapes
  • Vegetables, such as corn on the cob, onions and mushrooms
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds

For information on the wide range of human foods your dogs can eat (as well as the ones they should avoid) read our guide to what can dogs eat?

Symptoms of food intolerance in dogs

After eating a certain type of food, if your dog has a food intolerance or allergy, then they’re likely to experience a range of symptoms. Even though allergies and intolerances are caused by different parts of the body, the symptoms can be very similar and equally as uncomfortable and unpleasant. These include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Red, rashy and/or itchy skin
  • Face and ear swelling
  • Vomiting
  • Over-grooming

For more detailed information, read our post on identifying the signs and symptoms of a dog intolerance or allergy.

How to test your dog for allergies

It can be tricky knowing how to find out what your dog is allergic to. They may show symptoms after eating, but because dog food contains a lot of different ingredients, narrowing it down can be a challenge.

You can try an elimination diet, which involves removing potential trigger foods from your dog’s diet. If the symptoms stop, then it’s possible that your dog has an allergy or intolerance to the food you’ve removed. However, this can be time-consuming and unreliable.

Remember it’s statistically more likely that your dog has a food intolerance, so testing for an intolerance is a great place to start.

To effectively check whether or not your dog has a food intolerance, and pinpoint exactly what foods they struggle with, a quick and affordable dog sensitivity test can give you the answers you’re looking for. This could also help you save on costly vet bills!

Our dog food intolerance test kits

Here at My Pet Sensitivity, we offer dog owners like you two options, so you can find out exactly what’s causing your dog to experience uncomfortable symptoms after eating. That way, you can make positive changes to their diet so they can go back to being their usual self.

We offer an advanced pet sensitivity test, which tests a sample of your dog’s fur against 460 possible allergens. There’s also the basic dog sensitivity test, which tests against 300 possible allergens. This includes food, but also non-food allergens, environmental triggers and more.

Once our lab has received your dog’s fur sample, we’ll thoroughly test them and send you the complete results in less than five days. That way, your dog can return to their best in no time.

Dog breeds most prone to food allergies

Any dog can develop an allergy at any point throughout its life. However, according to PetMD, some breeds are more susceptible than others, such as:

  • Labradors
  • Golden retrievers
  • Springer spaniels
  • Cocker spaniels
  • Collies
  • Miniature schnauzers
  • Shar-pei

So, if you have one of these breeds and they show signs and symptoms of an allergy, you should find out for sure as soon as possible so you can properly manage it.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a dog allergy test cost?

Your vet can arrange for a dog allergy test, but it can be quite expensive. For quick and affordable results, a basic dog sensitivity test starts from just $40.00.

Can dogs have allergy tests?

Dogs can take an allergy test, but they require a blood sample which can be traumatic and expensive as they’re usually done through a vet. A basic dog sensitivity test can test your dog’s fur and pinpoint which food sensitivities they have.

Is My Pet Sensitivity legitimate?

Yes, My Pet Sensitivity is legitimate and can help you identify what food sensitivities your dog has. Read testimonials from happy My Pet Sensitivity customers on our reviews page or read reviews from over 400 happy customers on Trustpilot.