If I say the word hypoallergenic what do you think of? Perhaps pillows, health and beauty products? Well actually many foods are designed as hypoallergenic, they eradicate a certain allergen or allergens usually found in that food, such as gluten free bread. This allows people who usually have allergic reactions to these ingredients to enjoy these foods without the reactions. So what about hypoallergenic dog food? What is that eliminating? Are dogs really allergic to certain ingredients? How would you know if your dog has allergies?
What’s Different About Hypoallergenic Dog Food?
Hypoallergenic dog food cuts out many of the allergens that affect dogs. Yes, dogs due have allergies and they do have intolerances to certain foods. Each dog differs and you may have a dog that has no intolerances or allergies at all but read on because hypoallergenic dog food can be a healthy alternative for all dogs.
Hypoallergenic dog food cuts out the five main allergenic foods, wheat gluten, corn, potato, chicken and soy. If your dog has allergies its likely allergic to one or more of these. It also cuts out other ingredients that contribute to health issues such as preservatives, and artificial colors and flavors. By eliminating all of these ingredients many dogs will benefit straight away from a switch to hypoallergenic dog food.
What Are the Symptoms of Allergic Reaction in Dogs?
Like humans’ allergic reactions come in different forms for each dog. One dog may have gastrointestinal and digestive issues due to consumption of allergens, resulting in flatulence, bloating, vomiting, and bad breath. For another dog it may manifest itself as dry skin, or skin lesions, a dull coat, or perhaps a lack of vitality and energy.
How Could Hypoallergenic Dog Food Benefit Most Dogs?
Because hypoallergenic dog food is carefully formulated to reduce all triggers of allergies, it tends to be fresher, with purer good quality ingredients, eliminating unwanted components and ensuring required components are included.
A good quality healthy dog food will be higher in protein and low in carbohydrates. This is because carbs are used as a caloric filler by cheaper dog food manufacturers, resulting in obesity and heightened appetite. Meanwhile good protein sources provide the fatty acids and amino acids which are the building blocks of a healthy body for your dog. These essential acids are required by every dog but cannot be produced by the dog’s body itself, so protein is very much needed to supply them.
By switching any dog to hypoallergenic dog food you should see a boost in their immune system, allowing them to be less susceptible to health issues and disease. You will notice an increase in their energy levels and vitality, often seeming like they are years younger again. For dogs with symptoms of digestive problems and skin issues due to allergies these should clear up and they will have shinier coats and healthier digestion. Your dog will be satisfied after meals for longer and therefore maintain a healthier weight.
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