Hypoallergenic dog food is becoming increasingly well-liked due to food allergens. What’s more, many dog owners are deciding to opt for the hypo range because they know it’s a healthier choice. Dogs are as allergic or intolerant to foods just like humans.
The simpler the food list is the better chance your dog has at not reacting or becoming ill.Common signs of allergies or intolerance’s are lethargy, vomiting, itching, rashes and more. Although food intolerance’s can be as painful as an allergy, allergies can be much more serious because death could occur.
Understanding hypoallergenic dog food
Hypoallergenic dog food or sensitive ranges are the best to buy. This is simply because companies leave out unnatural foods, in other words this food line is very basic. However, there are still some guidelines to cover before running out to your local pet shop.
The most common foods that dogs react to are dairy, soy, wheat and corn. Of course, there are many other foods that dogs should not eat as well, some of these foods are beef, chicken, fish and yeast.
Common meal allergies are beef and chicken; lamb is always the safer option if you are uncertain.
Dogs can become incredibly sick after ingesting some foods either imminently or later in life.
If you want to look deeper into these types of foods take a look at this ever important question ‘Is cheap dog food the perfect formula?’.
Often one-star, two-star and three-star dog foods rarely meet hypoallergenic dog food requirements.
Most of these foods generally contain some sort of by-product and/or cereal; this usually means lots of unnatural food and huge amounts of sugar. Although, by-products and most cereals rarely cause allergies, they do upset and unbalance a dog’s immune system.
Some new hypoallergenic dog food brands can be very costly and can be very unhealthy. They declare their kibble is the best, but when you look at their ingredients, you might be somewhat horrified. My advice to you is, never trust the wording on their labels or their fancy promotional pictures.
Always understand manufacturers label meanings before buying. I am aware of a few brands that can be bought on prescription, yet their first ingredient is cereal. Take a look at this important article: Dog Food Ingredients Debunked. This will expose everything you have always wanted to know about dog food and brands; and what should and shouldn’t be added into your dog’s food.
If you suspect your dog is suffering with allergies or intolerance’s, then change your dog’s diet quickly. Should there be little improvement have your dog checked out by your vet as a precaution. Having your veterinarian confirm there are no other health issues can be a sigh of relief.
What is hypoallergenic dog food?
Hypoallergenic dog food should be a complete dog food whereby nothing else needs to be added other than protein, small amounts of carbohydrates and some vegetables.
Hypoallergenic dog food should consist of high amounts of digestible protein, carbohydrates and fruit and/or vegetables.
If grains are included, opt for oats and/or barley, but do remember some of these grains aren’t gluten free unless stated.
The protein content needs to specify the meat, in the form of ‘meal’ and it must be the highest percentage.
This type of dog food should work in harmony with your dog’s health system. It ought to be as natural and as nutritional as possible to benefit your dog. Not only should it be naturally delicious and edible; it ought to be extremely digestible with no additives, etc.
Most dog owners are now becoming skeptical buying ready-made dried kibble, and rightly so! More and more people are increasingly switching to raw dog food; it is becoming a huge phenomena. Everybody has at least heard of it or considered it, but is it worth feeding our dogs raw?
Take a look at this ever important question ‘What’s The Fuss About Raw Food For Dogs?‘.
Hypoallergenic dog food suggestions
This list is not comprehensive, there are many other brands being added to the market daily due to high demand.
This list is a helping hand to get you motivated to switch brands.
If money is no object opt for five-star or six-star dog foods, otherwise four-star is usually acceptable. Check the list or take a look at:
,Dave’s Delicate Dinner,Canidae grain free pure
,Go Sensitivity and Shine,Evanger’s grain free game meats
,James Wellbeloved,Nature’s Variety Instinct
,Newman’s Organics,Paw Naturaw Organic