Hypoallergenic Dog Food

The popularity of hypoallergenic Dog food has grown rapidly over the past 10 years. As we humans have discovered the benefits of hypoallergenic products ourselves, we have started to understand how the products can help our Dogs.

Just like us, dogs can suffer from food allergies. In fact, due to pedigree breeding lines, they are probably more prone to allergies than we are, as they have such delicate stomachs.

The most common dog food allergies are to

  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Soya
  • Diary Products
  • Yeast
  • Beef
  • Chicken

In response to the our greater understanding of allergies in dogs, and the corresponding rise in reports of it, food manufactures have developed hypoallergenic dogs foods. These foods are free from those products that may aggravate our dogs intestinal tracts or skin.

Symptoms of Dog Allergies

The most common symptom for a dog who has a food allergy is itchy skin. If your dog is persistently scratching, it could be because of a food allergy. You may notice your dog shaking, or rubbing their face or even biting their tail. These actions may all be related to a food allergy.

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Brands of Hypoallergenic Dog Food

There are many brands on the market, manufacturers are clever and follow the trend within the dog community. If you want something specific I would suggest that you speak with your vet to see what they can recommend. In the meantime here are my recommendations for the UK and the US.

US Based

  • Addiction Pet Food
  • Health Pro
  • Hills Prescription Diet
  • Royal Canin
  • Nutro Ultra Holistic dog food
  • The Honest Kitchen
  • Purina Veterinary Diets HA HypoAllergenic Canine Formula dry dog food

UK Based

  • Jameswellbeloved
  • Burns
  • Wafcol
  • Arden Grange
  • Autarky
  • Skinners

What to do if you suspect your dog has allergies?

You should try and switch their food to a high quality hypoallergenic dog food, seek the advice from your vet about which one you should choose.

As my Springer, George, used to be a bit hyperactive and so I chose hypoallergenic food for him for two reasons:

1. It is additive Free. Just like the wisdom of not giving children too many additives, as it can make them hyperactive, the wisdom applies the same to Springers. I have seen the effect of changing the diet for George; he went from being manic to being a far more relaxed dog in a matter of days

2. Springers have notoriously delicate tummies and frankly anything that can stop them getting a runny bum, or being sick, is well worth the investment.

In my opinion, as with the food you eat, you get what you pay for with your dog, and it's worth investing in their health.

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