The best dog food for dogs with allergies is one that will strengthen their immune system, and if it is a dog food allergy, one that does not contain any offending ingredients.
What Is An Allergy?
An allergy is due to a weakened or damaged immune system reacting to a harmless substance (food, pollen, dust mites, artificial colorings, etc). Nature designed the immune system to protect the body from substances that may irritate or harm it. This protection is manifested in different ways. For humans, it is primarily congestion, itchy eyes, and asthma. For dogs, itchy skin and digestive problems are more common.
There are several primary triggers for allergies in dogs. There are:
- Food Allergies
- Atopy Allergies
- Insect Allergies
- Nutrition Related Allergies
The Importance of Diet for Allergies
If a dog has been feed a poor diet or given poor quality food, such as foods containing lots of by-products, chemical preservatives, or artificial coloring, this may help increase allergies in dogs, which may show up as your dog itching constantly as the immune system becomes over-stressed due to malnutrition. To curb allergies or to help prevent them, boosting the immune system is vital. There are 2 easy ways to do this:
Try adding more raw food to the diet, which is more nutritional and more digestible. Raw food can strengthen the immune system enabling dogs to ward off infectious diseases much easier. One thought is that raw food has more life and vitality, with important nutrients and enzymes still in tact. Raw food is now readily available at holistic pet stores and many online pet stores. These raw dog foods come mostly in the form of dehydrated, although there are a couple of brands of dog foods being freeze-dried. Both of these methods help preserve vital nutrients lost in conventional cooking methods. Three great brands of dehydrated dog foods are Honest Kitchen, Sojos, and Addiction Raw.
Dry Dog Food
With so many brands on the market to choose from, determining which is the best dry dog food for dogs with allergies is difficult, to say the least.
- Start with a limited ingredient or hypoallergenic dog food.
- Ideally, you want no fillers such as soy, corn,or wheat.
- Ideally, you want little to no by-products, this includes meat by-products.
- Definitely stay away from anything artificial as well, such as preservatives, colorings or flavorings.
To tell what kind of dog food you are buying, you must read nutrition labels; never rely strictly on what is stated on the packaging – that is all advertising. The ingredients list tells the truth.
Dogs are like your children and a part of the family. Sometimes there are issues that need to be addressed. Understanding your pets needs is important for their health and longevity. Proper nutrition is very important and feeding well may help prevent allergies or help to relieve symptoms.