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Animal research, Fundamental research, Health

24 - 08 - 2017

Allergy and food intolerance: how to care for dogs, cats and horses?

Pets may suffer from intolerance or food allergies. Five European universities report in an article published this month.


Dogs, cats and horses can secrete E immunoglobulins (IgE) and develop allergies that can lead to anaphylactic shock. However, this is rarely observed. These animals, like us, may also develop food intolerance*.


The means and reagents available to veterinarians to diagnose these disorders related to food are less developed than those available to doctors. Further research is needed to meet the needs of veterinarians. There is still no treatment for these diseases in people or animals.


The only effective action is to eliminate the intolerant agent from the patient's diet. This method that can both help diagnose and treat is replicated in animals, with the help of the veterinarian.


* Abnormal reaction of the organism to a particular food (gluten, lactose) caused by the metabolism and without presence of IgE. This food hypersensitivity is more chronic than allergies and more difficult to diagnose.