What is Hypoallergenic Dog Food?

Hypoallergenic dog food is designed and created to have very little chance of causing an allergic response to your canine. This means limiting any ingredients that can trigger allergic reactions and are free from artificial colours, preservatives or flavouring that may cause harm to your dog’s health.When considering what to feed your dog, it is very important to remember what they would be eating if they were living in the wild. For this reason, it is important to keep things natural and wholesome to replicate their ancestral needs, helping avoid allergy-induced problems.

6 signs that your dog is suffering from an allergy

1. Excess scratching, a large amount of dandruff or oily skin and fur.

2. Ear infections or their ears consistently need to be cleaned.

3. Irritation or discomfort – often on paws or tail (sometimes resulting in biting and chewing).4. Gastrointestinal problems – diarrhoea, vomiting, excessive wind or bloating.5. Excessive eating of grass – this could be a sign that your dog is trying to make themselves sick due to an allergy.6. Abnormal lack of energy or loss of interest in food or exercise.

A hypoallergenic dog food diet for your pooch can also reduce the risk of many other health problems. Health problems such as arthritis, blocked anal glands, obesity, heart disease, digestive problems and kidney ailments.With grains being one of the top causes of a dog’s allergies, switching to dog food that is completely grain-free with no artificial colours or flavours added in their recipes is a great way to combat this. Wilverley pet food has all of these qualities across all of our ranges which can be found here.

Does your dog suffer from itchy skin or a regular upset stomach? Why not try one of our recipes, all of which are hypoallergenic and of course completely grain-free.

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Things to think about

Now you have a better understanding of hypoallergenic dog food, it’s worth being vigilant of a few things when changing your dog’s diet to hypoallergenic food. While these foods are a great way to reduce the risk of allergies, it may take time to find the right recipe for your dog. Always change your dog’s diet slowly over a number of days, click here for our guide to safely changing your dog’s diet.

It’s also a good idea to stick with one meat protein at a time, to determine more accurately what ingredients your dog is allergic to. If if the symptoms subside after changing the choice of favour, then you may have determined an allergy. Fish recipes tend to be the most allergy friendly choice. With natural fish oils and skin supporting nutrients, they are suitable for dogs with food allergies or intolerances as well as dogs with dry / itchy skin problems.

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