Has the world gone crazy? Organic dog food? Hypoallergenic dog food? Well actually it might come as a surprise to you, but most dogs like humans have an intolerance to certain foods and ingredients. If you’ve had an allergy test yourself you might have found that although you don’t have a made allergic reaction to some foods, you do have an intolerance to them, resulting in eczema, dry skin, stomach bloating or other health issues. They’re not going to stop you living your life but these health issues can contribute to your overall feeling of good health and inevitably add up to stresses, and other health problems.
Benefits of Hypoallergenic Dog Food
Hypoallergenic dog food cuts out some of the major ingredients which are the main symptoms of health issues with dogs due to intolerance. We all know that we should avoid giving some things to dogs such as honey and chocolate, but they wouldn’t appear in dog foods anyway, so the absence of these does not equate to a dog food being hypoallergenic. The main foods included in many dog foods that doe cause intolerances and allergic reactions are wheat gluten, corn, chicken, soy and potatoes, these are recurring allergens which result in dogs having skin conditions, digestive problems and poor appetite.
As well as cutting out all of these recurring allergens hypoallergenic dog food can significantly improve the overall health of a dog regardless of whether it has allergies, intolerances or none at all. A well balanced hypoallergenic dog food will be full of quality ingredients and be high in proteins with naturally occurring oils, vitamins and minerals essential to a healthy dog. In hypoallergenic dog food there is also an absence of high fatty meats, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and preservatives. These well balanced and high quality dog foods help to mitigate serious health problems such as obesity, heart disease, digestive problems, and skin issues.
A healthy dog fed on a balanced diet without unnecessary additives will be healthier, more energetic, have a shinier coat, healthy skin, have stronger bones and muscles, and a stronger immune system.
Hypoallergenic dog food will also play a large part in managing the weight of your dog. Did you know that over 50% of dogs are obese in the United States. This is due to a twofold problem, first of all not enough exercise, and second, use of dog foods with high carbohydrate levels which encourage a dog to eat more, more often. Whereas high protein dog foods satisfy your dog for longer so they don’t request food as often. Often a dog fed a healthy diet and exercised well will only need two meals per day, rather than three, and will enjoy its food at every meal.
So hypoallergenic dog food can be the solution to main common health issues in dogs, and also provide a good balanced diet for dogs cutting out any unnecessary additives and reducing likelihood of allergic reactions and intolerances to common foods.