It’s crazy to feed beef to a dog that is suffering from a beef allergy. Pet owners must avoid beef and such diets that contain ingredients obtained from beef for their furry friends who have been diagnosed with a beef allergy.


Beef Allergy in Dogs

Usually, food allergy symptoms don’t occur before the dogs get at least one year old. Many veterinarians believe that food allergy is an inherited disease.

What Causes Beef Allergy?

A pet gets this type of allergy when the body’s immune system (the defense system of the body) mistakenly assumes that the foreign substance is an invader and may harm the body.

In most cases, dogs become allergic to the specific types of protein present in beef, chicken, meat, dairy products, and grains.

The elimination diet is a method of diagnosing such types of proteins (food) that cause beef allergy in dogs, cats, other canines, and felines.

Common Signs of Beef Allergy in Pets

Unfortunately, your pet has a food allergy if he’s facing these problems (that are mentioned below);

  • Persistent digestive disorders such as bloating, gas, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease, acidity, severe dry mouth, loss of appetite, stomach or esophageal ulcers, mouth sores that occur again and again, etc.
  • Skin disorders like rashes, irritations, itching, inflammation (swelling) on the skin and face, redness, etc
  • If your pet is licking his paws and ears consistently

Above are the common symptoms of food allergy in pets. It doesn’t mean if your pet has these signs or indications then he’s facing beef or food allergy. Because of environmental allergy, atopic dermatitis, or eczema, food intolerance also causes the same issues.

How to Diagnose Beef Allergy in Dogs?

Only a veterinarian may diagnose beef allergy in dogs. The vet may advise some blood tests for the purpose of diagnosing food allergies. Also, the elimination diet method is the best and most suitable way of finding the main culprit. 

The Elimination Diet Method of Diagnosing Food Allergy in Pets

In elimination diet treatment for beef allergy, the vets suggest a prescription (hypoallergenic) food for 04 to 08 weeks and test whether the symptoms leave or not. In this period of time, you’re not allowed to give regular food to your pet.

After that, the regular diet is added step by step just for the purpose of detecting the allergen food. Removing the food that is causing allergies in dogs is the only way to solve the problem.

How Can We Treat Beef Allergy?

Simply avoid beef and products that possess the same protein source.

FDA-Approved Medicines for Beef Allergy in Dogs

Otherwise, there are effective FDA-approved veterinary drugs (medications) are available that treat allergies in dogs effectively. One of them is Apoquel (oclacitinib maleate), an immunosuppressant drug that is available in three different strengths, i.e. 3.6mg, 5.4mg, and 16mg, respectively. Oclacitinib is a prescription drug and is only available on a registered veterinarian prescription. Some antibiotics are used to treat secondary bacterial infections caused by allergens.


A dog with a beef allergy is not allowed to eat beef or other (Food) products that contain beef or any of its ingredients (such as beef protein).

Beef allergy in dogs occurs when a dog’s immune system mistakenly assumes one or more ingredients of the beef (mostly beef protein) as an invader and try to protect the body by releasing histamines in the blood that causes inflammation (swelling) on the face and other parts of the body, itching, redness, and other digestive disorders.

The only way to get rid of beef allergy is to avoid beef in dogs that have been diagnosed with a beef allergy. You must know ‘what to feed a dog with a beef allergy.

Doctor Xeeshan

Doctor Xeeshan

I am Doctor Xeeshan, located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. In this blog, I am providing authentic information about dog breeds, diseases, medications, etc.


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