Didn’t Find the Perfect Dog Food for Allergies For You?
Learn more below about how to find the best food for allergies for your pup.
What Type of Dog Food for Allergies Should You Get?
Why Dogs Get Allergies And What to Do About It
While your dog seems to be able to eat anything it finds – and while it would have eaten a large amount of raw meat in the wild – the thing to remember is that today your dog is eating an entire diet that it is not designed or intended to eat.
Dogs are carnivores but we simply can’t afford to give them a diet entirely of meat. Thus we instead give them things like corn, gluten, rice, and other ‘filler’ in their food. This actually makes up a large proportion of many dog products. That wheat and gluten is well known to cause digestive issues in humans – so how do you think it will go down in a dog?
Dogs are simply not getting what their bodies evolved to need.
The food we expect our dogs to digest – rice and corn and wheat – is stuff that they would never find in the wild. Even the meat content in dog food is very often primarily made of ‘by-product meal’. That means that it is the left over bits of gristle from meat that no one wants to eat – and which has since been mushed up into something that we expect them to love.
That’s why so many dogs suffer with sensitive stomachs and food intolerances. And it’s why so many seem to constantly struggle with bowel movements.
And then you have regular allergic reactions. These can occur in humans and dogs alike and no one is really sure what causes them. What we do know is that the body begins mistaking molecules and ingredients for toxins and thus triggers a powerful immune response to try and drive it out the system. This includes a raised heartrate, sweating, vomiting, labored breathing and everything else we associate with an allergic reaction.
If your dog is allergic to something, your job is to find out what they are allergic to and to avoid it in their diet.
With all that said, the best thing you can do when your dog has a sensitive stomach or an allergy, is to try and give them food that is as natural and unprocessed as possible. At the same time, you should try to give them foods that keep the ingredients to a minimum, so as to help narrow down what it might be causing their difficulties.