First, what is hypoallergenic dog food and how can it help your dog’s food allergies (which include symptoms such as severe itching, hot spots, constant licking, constipation and diarrhea)? A hypoallergenic food is designed with the following types of ingredients: 1) minimal, 2) high quality and 3) uncommon.
How will this help with your dog’s allergies?
The minimum ingredients indicate that the ingredient list will not contain tons of different ingredients. This is very helpful in eliminating what can be your dog’s allergy trigger. The triggers of the allergy can be anything from the protein source, to the source of cereals, even to artificial colors and flavors. By keeping the ingredient list to a minimum, you may be able to eliminate the trigger.
High quality ingredients
Another common trigger for food allergy or sensitivity symptoms in dogs are the low quality ingredients found in many of the major commercial dog foods. By switching to a hypoallergenic dog food with high quality ingredients, your canine companion will be healthier and able to fight simple allergens in a natural way.
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of a hypoallergenic dog food is that it will not use common protein sources or common cereal sources, as these are the most common causes of a pet’s food allergies. Salmon, bison and venison are examples of some of the different types of protein sources used. Cereals will not include the most common wheat, corn. Instead, cereals such as oatmeal, millet and brown rice will be used.
If your dog has food allergies, you may want to switch to a hypoallergenic dog food with completely new sources of protein and carbohydrates. Not only will this probably not include offensive ingredients, but the quality of the food is much higher, giving your friend a much more nutrient-rich dinner.