What you feed your dog is a critical part of giving them a happier, healthier and longer life. Over the recent years, hypoallergenic dog food has become increasingly more popular food choice for dogs. This type of dog food contains ingredients that are designed to address a food allergy and is specially made to be better suited for a dog’s natural digestive system.
What Does it Contain?
The best hypoallergenic dog food is made from organic all natural ingredients and contains no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. Typically, this dog food substitute’s corn or wheat for brown rice, and substitutes the usual chicken, pork or lamb for venison meat, duck or salmon, as the main the protein source.
The basis of the ingredients of hypoallergenic dog food is to bring it as close as possible to a raw natural diet. This type of diet contains the right amount of proteins, minerals and vitamins that make up a good foundation to get your dog’s health back on track.
A high quality, hypoallergenic diet will have many health benefits for your dog. Some of which include, improved temperament, whiter teeth and better gums. It will also reduce the risk of problems like heart disease, ear infections, blocked anal glands, digestion issues and obesity.
Your dog’s fur and skin will also improve, and the typical greasy hair with the doggy smell will be replaced with well balanced, healthy and odour free fur – as there is no build-up of bad ingredients in your dog’s system. Causes of itchy, dry skin or dermatitis are usually diet related, so once your dog eats food with the proper nutrition, your dog will be able to repair its system and improve its skin condition.
More importantly, if your dog is suffering from an allergy you didn’t know about, the side effects of the intolerance will subside and eventually your dog will be in better health.
Things to Remember
Before making any radical changes to your dog’s diet, it is important to first consult your vet as they will be able to appropriately advice you. Whether the vet advices you to move forward with switching over to hypoallergenic dog food, ensure that you introduce the new type of dog food gradually and not in one go.
Mixing in a small portion at the start and gradually increasing the portion and using less of the normal dog food each time is the most recommended way to ease your furry friend into their new diet.
Bear in mind that you will not see an immediate improvement straight away, as it can take around 10 to 12 weeks for the hypoallergenic food to take effect. If after this period there have been no improvements, consult your vet as this could be due to an underlying health condition in your dog.