Hypoallergenic Dog Food

by Pet Coupon Savings on August 3, 2013

Considering feeding your dog hypoallergenic dog food? Some dogs do just fine with traditional commercial dog food. Some dogs need a more specialized diet that includes organic and hypoallergenic dog food. Dogs who suffer from allergies or skin conditions will often benefit from hypoallergenic food. You might end up spending a few extra dollars a month on hypoallergenic dog food but you could end up saving yourself thousands in vet fees. A dogs natural digestive system is set up to naturally digest proteins and vegetables. The unnatural substances found in commercial dog food can make it very hard for the digestive system to properly digest.

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Benefits of Hypoallergenic Dog Food

  • Brown rice is typically used instead of corn, wheat or diary. Corn, wheat and dairy are often the cause of allergies in dogs. You should also make sure your dog’s food does not contain soy.
  • The protein found in hypoallergenic dog food will normally consist of duck, venison or salmon. Traditional dog food contains chicken, pork and lamb which isn’t as easy on a dogs digestive system.
  • Hypoallergenic dog food contains ingredients that will be easier for your dog to digest.
  • A dogs natural digestive system is set up to digest proteins and even some vegetables. Unnatural substances often found in traditional dog food can make it harder to digest.
  • You are eliminating fillers and other additives that do nothing for the health of your dog.
  • Dogs that consume hypoallergenic food are often healthier, live longer and require less visits to the vet.
  • Hypoallergenic food has fewer ingredients than commercialized dog food. This will help you to determine the allergy your pet is suffering from.

Brands of Hypoallergenic Dog Food

This list will give you a few hypoallergenic dog food brands to look into. In order to make an informed decision about what food to feed your dog always talk to your veterinarian. If your dog continues to have problems even after switching their food make sure to take him or her in for a check up and further evaluations.

Where to Buy Hypoallergenic Dog Food

In most cases you can find hypoallergenic dog food at a pet store or at your vet’s office. You can also order online through Amazon and specialized online pet store companies. Before you purchase any food for your dog make sure you read over the ingredients in the food. You will want to avoid any food that has dyes, additives or fillers.

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sandy weinstein August 3, 2013 at 11:36 PM

many od these foods have yeast in them, which can cause problems, skin bumps, and discoloration of white feet and beards

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Pet Coupon Savings August 6, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Thank you for your input Sandy. Some dogs can tolerate certain foods, while others can’t. I’m sure you take great care of your dogs and serve them the best food for their needs. I appreciate your comments. :)

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sandy weinstein August 3, 2013 at 11:40 PM

also, evo made by proctor and gamble now, has had several recalls in the past several months for salamonella, alomg w/ several of their other brands they make including calif natural.

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Pet Coupon Savings August 20, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Thank you Sandy. After more research I decided to remove EVO and Calironia Natural from the list. Thanks for the head’s up!

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Corinne August 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Thanks for the great advice on what to look for and the list of suggested brands. Our new dog is surprisingly sensitive and has a lot of trouble with certain dog foods. We have been looking for an all-natural dog food for her that she likes and doesn’t upset her system.

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Pet Coupon Savings August 20, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Thanks for stopping by Corinne. I hope that this list is a good starting point for helping find your dog the best food for her.

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Allyson Bossie August 20, 2013 at 5:33 AM

My dog’s skin allergies are so severe that even sneaking a bite of bread or the delivery guy tossing him a milk bone breaks him out in nasty red skin covered in layers of flakes. He digs for two weeks after even the smallest amount of grains before it’s all out of his system.

We use Taste of the Wild roasted bison and venison blend which is a 100% natural dry food with the highest quality meats and veggies, but it has no wheat. He eats half the amount of food he used to, but so many things have improved. He used to lay around, no energy, and it had been 2 years since he could jump up on the bed. Now, he’s running around playing with us, jumping up on the bed for cuddles, etc. Even all his arthritis and joint issues are gone from his diet change.

The biggest and noticeable change is his hair. Even with benedryl and prescribed steroids, he still itched and dug all the time. He had hot spots all over his body (no fleas, just hot spots) that were sore, and he dug most of his hair off. The vet tried everything, but it was the farm and garden guy who sales us our chicken feed that suggested the food is the issue. 4 weeks after being on the food, my dog had a full coat, no hot spots. This was over a year ago, and we have never looked back and any other brand!

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Pet Coupon Savings August 20, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Wow, that’s amazing that just a diet change helped your dog so much! That’s great! I will have to add Taste of the Wild to the list of recommended foods. Glad his skin issues cleared up and thank you for stopping by! :)

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Angela Christopher September 11, 2013 at 2:57 PM

I never thought food could be the problem, but my moms doggie will bite and scratch and there are no fleas or anything. We keep changing up shampoos, but I’m betting food could be a big part of it! Thanks!

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Pet Coupon Savings September 11, 2013 at 9:47 PM

It’s worth a shot, Angela. Let me know if it helps! :)

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