Hypoallergenic Dog Food

What is hypoallergenic dog food ?

Hypoallergenic dog food is a specially formulated meal for dogs which contains a very limited amount of ingredients that are most likely to cause them to have an allergic reaction. Ensuring that most of these elements do not feature, this means that it is a safer food to choose for dogs that have a sensitive digestive system.
Common ingredients which are said to cause allergic reactions are as follows:
  • Wheat
  • Yeast
  • Dairy
  • Chicken
  • Lamb
  • Beef
  • Fish
  • Soy

Why choose a hypoallergenic dog food?

If you are unsure of a dog’s allergy, but suspect that it may be linked to food then using a hypoallergenic dog food could really help. This might even condense the different options which the allergy could relate to and give you a clearer idea of the exact food intolerance.
Also if you think that they are currently suffering from a reaction, then it is a much easier on the digestive system for them to eat due to it having much more limited ingredients. A rich food may cause a more unsettled stomach since it is already vulnerable due to the reaction or infection. You could also consider giving some probiotics which could help them recover quicker, but this should be first agreed by a veterinarian.

How will this help if you are unsure of the dog’s specific allergy?

Some hypoallergenic foods not only contain none of the common problematic ingredients, but rather just contain one of them which means that by using an exclusion method you can then easily eliminate certain elements which you may think your dog has an intolerance to.
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By using this type of dog food, it removes the possibility of specific ingredients being a part of your pet’s diet. This ensures that you can control exactly what they are allowed to eat and when. You can then monitor specifically whether they have a reaction to certain elements and note down what is causing the problem. This method also helps if you can rule out food as causing an allergy and can then begin to look at other factors which may be causing the problem.
If this is something that you are looking at doing, ensure that no other conditions in the dog’s life changes day to day to ensure that nothing else can have an effect on the reaction. More importantly though, ensure that the vet has ruled out any serious medical conditions that could be the cause of the problem.
We recommend that you always seek medical advice from a veterinarian if you are at all worried about the presence of any new allergic reaction or digestion problem to rule out any serious conditions and seek their advice. Hypoallergenic dog food is simply a lighter option if you think that there may be a strong intolerance to certain ingredients.
The vet may also be able to recommend certain brands of the food since some are better rated than others and may affect all dogs differently.