Some of the symptoms of wheat allergies in dogs are similar to those observed with some other health conditions; Hence, in addition to observing the symptoms of wheat allergies in your pooch, your vet may need to carry out a comprehensive medical examination to determine with certainty, whether or not your pooch is suffering from a grain allergy.
In case of itchy or dirty ears, your vet will run tests to verify that the pooch’s ear infection is due to yeast or bacterial infection, and not due to the activity of external parasites.
Blood work tests are also carried out on the pooch to rule out other illnesses. And if the dog’s symptoms include diarrhea, the vet may also collect a fecal sample to rule out the actions of intestinal parasites.
Trying An Elimination Diet
Apart from the aforementioned symptoms of wheat allergies, one other way of determining whether or not your dog is allergic to wheat is by adopting an elimination trial diet, which typically runs for several weeks.
The idea behind this wheat, and by extension, grain elimination diet is simple – adding wheat to your dog’s diet in varying amounts to determine whether or not the pooch is allergic to grains.
If you suspect that your pooch is allergic to wheat, you should completely stop feeding such a food with food, treats or medications that contain wheat.
If symptoms of wheat allergy in the pooch subside with the withdrawal of wheat from the dog’s diet, you can then proceed to reintroduce wheat into the pooch’s meals.
And if these symptoms of grain allergies resurface when you start feeding the pooch with wheat again, then it is confirmed that such a pooch has wheat allergies.