Many of us think of dogs as having stomachs of steel. Many dogs will wolf down pretty much anything you put in front of them without giving it a second thought. That’s partly thanks to the fact that most dogs have very strong digestive systems. That also begins in the dog’s mouth, where they produce a type of saliva that contains strong disinfectant properties. Here’s a list of some of the best food for dogs with allergies in 2021 we’ve found on the market.
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 add things like corn, gluten, rice, and other “fillers” to 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?
In some cases, dogs are simply not getting what their bodies evolved to need.
The food we expect our dogs to digest 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 heart rate, 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.
By Jarett Gilpin
Jarett and his vapor wake dog, Toxi, help keep the students and public safe on the University of Notre Dame’s campus. Jarett knows what equipment, food and toys to keep Toxi safe, productive and still able to have fun.