The Dog as a Model for Food Allergy


Address for correspondence: Bob B. Buchanan, Ph.D., Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California, 111 Koshland Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720. Voice: 510-642-3590;


Abstract: Research during the past decade has shown the dog to be an excellent model for human food allergies. Humans and dogs share many of the same allergies to foods. Furthermore, the dog model shows clinical symptoms typical of humans, that is, both experience vomiting and diarrhea. Present results suggest that the dog may provide a means to test genetically modified foods for unsuspected allergens.