You may be surprised to learn that food intolerance is also a problem amongst dogs.
Feeding your dog lower-quality dog food, packed with artificial additives, chemicals and known hypersensitivity ingredients, can often cause disturbances.
So it goes without saying, that feeding them high-quality hypoallergenic food can help to reduce symptoms.
What symptoms could my dog have?
Just like humans, dogs health can deteriorate when they consume certain types of foods.
Food sensitivities are whereby the animal is intolerant (sensitive) to one or more of the ingredients. The body reacts to this by some of the following gastrointestinal signs;
- Regurgitation or Vomiting
- Wet or voluminous stool quality
- Itching and poor skin
What causes it?
It is often a protein that is sometimes associated with a carbohydrate (i.e. wheat gluten) that is implicated with causing an intolerance or sensitivity.
Changing Dog Foods
It is essential to introduce any new food gradually over some time, usually over 2-3 weeks.
It takes time for the digestive enzymes and microflora to adjust. Too much disruption through changing too quickly could be counter-productive, or worse, cause an adverse reaction. You can do this by gradually reducing the amount of old food and slowly introducing the new food to the diet.
Do not anticipate the effects to be instantaneous – the effect of this diet is gradual.
Must a dog have a sensitivity to have our Grain-Free range?
Most certainly not!
Any dog can consume hypoallergenic food and some owners choose it simply because it contains reliable, good-quality ingredients that are highly digestible and nutritious.
Alongside this, they may already choose hypoallergenic food as a preventative measure to ensure their companions have a reduced risk of digestive upset.
All in all, hypoallergenic dog foods have the potential to be great for all dogs!
We formulate our recipes to be hypoallergenic in the sense that they help to reduce symptoms of intolerance and sensitivity and promote everyday health and wellbeing as recommended by the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA).
Our dog food recipes are often formulated to exclude ingredients that may cause intolerance’s, including grains (i.e wheat and maize), soya, or dairy.
However, it is important to note that although we can help manage symptoms of intolerance, the recipes we formulate are more accurately created to assist with food intolerances/sensitivities as opposed to allergic reactions and are not classed an allergenic dog food.
Our definition of hypoallergenic in line with the PFMA recommendations is: “Formulated without Wheat, Wheat Gluten, Soya, or Dairy.
Hypoallergenic foods are really about reducing the risk of adverse reactions to particular ingredients or components of those ingredients.
By feeding your dog foods such as Grain-Free with particular and limited ingredients, your dog has a reduced risk of food-related illness and all the potential to lead a happy healthy life!
If you having any questions relating to your dog’s diet, or if you would like to discuss how our food could potentially help your dog, please get in touch.