What is Hypoallergenic Dog Food?
Hypoallergenic dog food is a type of dog food that is designed for dogs with allergies or canines that have a sensitive stomach or itch. This type of food is typically made with hypoallergenic ingredients, which means that they are less likely to cause an allergic reaction in dogs. Hypoallergenic dog food is often made with novel protein sources, such as duck or venison, which can help to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction.
It's our job as responsible pet owners to find out which types of food are best suited to our furry friends, if they react, what the issue is, and find them an alternative that they can eat.
If your dog has allergies, reacts, or becomes unwell after eating, talk to your veterinarian about what the issue is and whether a change of diet or if hypoallergenic dog food might be right for them.
How does hypoallergenic dog food work?
Hypoallergenic dog food is the key to eliminating allergies and intolerances. It uses unique proteins that aren't recognised by your dogs antibodies, so they'll never suffer from an allergy or intolerance because it doesn’t trigger their body into having a response!
How do I know if my dog needs hypoallergenic food?
Allergies are caused by proteins found in certain foods that irritate the surface cells of your dog’s airways. The symptoms can be excessive scratching, dandruff or dry skin, flat coat with shiny hair on their head and paws which may lead to chronic itching. Other potential symptoms are boating, vomiting, wind, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
The benefits of hypoallergenic dog food
The benefits of hypoallergenic dog food are that it can help reduce allergies, it is easier to digest, and it can provide more nutrients. Hypoallergenic dog food is made with fewer ingredients and does not contain soy, wheat, corn, or artificial flavours. This type of food is often recommended by veterinarians for dogs with allergies. It is also a good choice for dogs who are picky eaters or have trouble digesting certain foods. Hypoallergenic dog food can be more expensive than other types of dog food, but it is worth the investment if it means your dog will be healthier and happier.
If you are interested in trying hypoallergenic dog food, our popular Hypoallergenic mixer from Burns is a great starting point!