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Hypoallergenic Dog Treats

There are many dogs that are known to suffer from health problems related to food allergies just like humans.



The most commonly observed symptoms of food allergies in dogs include skin irritation in the form of extremely itchy skin and gastrointestinal problems. Different dogs may be allergic to different ingredients that typically constitute dog food.



The most common dog food allergens are beef, chicken, egg, soy, corn, dairy products, yeast and wheat. In such cases it is always advisable to feed the dog hypoallergenic dog treats or dog food because the symptoms of food allergies in dogs tend to disappear once the foods casing the allergies are removed from the dog’s diet.



As there has been a growing demand for hypoallergenic dog treats and food from pet owners with food allergy suffering dogs, pet food manufacturers have developed plenty of new hypoallergenic dog foods that are less likely to cause skin allergies or aggravate intestinal distress in sensitive dogs. However if the dog is super sensitive to certain ingredients then the owner may also resort to preparing homemade hypoallergenic dog treats and foods as this way they can control what ingredients go into the dog food and thereby eliminate the ingredients that are known to trigger an allergic attack in their particular dog. Most of the commercially available hypoallergenic dog treats and foods are usually free form meat by-products, harmful preservatives and additives and also fillers.

There are some brands of dog’s foods that are specifically designed to promote wellness and vitality in the pets. Along with fewer allergy triggering ingredients, hypoallergenic dog treat and food nowadays are also aimed at providing the dog with certain essential vitamin and mineral supplements required for optimal health and are hence made with mostly organic ingredients such as grains, salmon, lamb, chicken etc which are free from antibiotics and hormones. Before switching the dog to a hypoallergenic diet it is always beneficial to speak to the vet who will recommend the right type of hypoallergenic dog food suitable for the particular breed taking into consideration its age, medical history, and other factors. The ideal way to determine which hypoallergenic dog food is most suitable for ones dog is to go through a process of trial and error and observing how one’s dog reacts when certain foods are gradually eliminated form their diet and thus identify the trigger for the allergic reactions. One needs to keep in mind that dogs tend to suffer from multiple allergies and hence their diet has to be constantly monitored.

 
  Submitted on August 6, 2010