Is your pet constantly itching, having skin rashes or hives or having gastrointestinal problems? If that is the case, then your dog may be having an allergic reaction to certain foods.
Though difficult to pin point, it is always better to rule out allergies which could potentially be hazardous to your dog.
What to do, if the dog has food allergies?
The first thing to do is visit a veterinarian, who will be able to confirm food allergies if any. Simple steps can be taken that can help ease out your dog’s allergies and prevent further episodes.
Avoid following ingredients that commonly evoke an allergic reaction
- Dairy products
- Yeast etc.
With the help of your vet, you can also switch your dog to hypoallergenic dog food. These foods are especially made for dogs that react to some foods. This hypoallergenic dog food is devoid of any allergy provoking ingredients and derives its nutrients from simple single sources of proteins and carbohydrates.
What do hypoallergenic dog foods contain?
Hypoallergenic meals are suggested for dogs who cannot tolerate certain food products. This hypoallergenic dog food typically will have following features:
- Low molecular protein
- Devoid or lesser quantities of allergy proteins like soy
- Lactose free
- Gluten free
- The meals are easily digestible
Also this hypoallergenic dog food will contain anti-oxidants, to fight any free radical damage occurring in the dog. It will also prevent cancer forming tumors from growing the dog’s body. Additionally, the meals are enriched with Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Taurine and Lutein that help maintain good health and activity in your dog.
There are many brands that make dog foods taking care of all the above features. Your vet will be able to suggest the best one suited for your dog.