Hypoallergenic dog food
Nutriment’s absolute main priority is animal health and happiness. Our in-house canine nutritionists are dedicated to formulating recipes which support your dog’s nutrition to enable them to live long and active lives. Just like humans, dogs can suffer from allergies. Fortunately, Nutriment has a wide variety of hypoallergenic dog food, meaning that it is safe to feed to a dog with a food allergy or intolerance.
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Try our hypoallergenic dog food
At Nutriment, we only use high-quality, biologically appropriate ingredients with simple processes when creating our raw, hypoallergenic dog food. Designed for all sizes, ages and breeds, our hypoallergenic dog food is a great way to support your dog’s health and nutrition whilst minimising the risk of allergic reactions.
An allergic reaction might include symptoms of being uncomfortable and irritable, and it can develop into conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, flaky and itchy skin and weight loss. However, with the right hypoallergenic diet, you can avoid common food allergens and promote digestive and oral health as well as healthy skin and fur.
Understanding what hypoallergenic means
The term ‘hypoallergenic’ refers to a product being much less likely to cause or exacerbate allergic symptoms. Some common allergic reactions include rash, flaky, dry and itchy skin, coughing, sneezing, wheezing, fur loss and digestive issues - to name a few.
Food allergies are fairly common in dogs as they can be allergic to certain grains, food additives, preservatives, dyes, flavours and some meat. Intolerances towards meat such as beef and chicken are most prevalent, whereas lamb and rabbit are two types of meat that dogs with allergies might tolerate better. Other food allergies can include dairy products and nuts.
Sometimes, food labels refer to ‘novel’ proteins as being hypoallergenic. However, this simply means that dogs usually have not eaten it before and therefore have not developed common intolerances.
The benefits of hypoallergenic dog food
Hypoallergenic dog food has proved to have multiple benefits, including that it:
- Improves quality of life
- Supports digestive health
- Boosts energy and stamina
- Helps prevent further serious health issues
Improves quality of life
Keeping sensitive dogs on a hypoallergenic raw diet can improve their comfort and overall quality of life. And to ensure the comfort of your dog, make sure you are aware of common behaviours that might indicate an allergy. These may include excessive scratching in one location, chewing legs or paws, developing sores, raised bumps, rashes, loss of fur, runny eyes or noses, loss of energy or behavioural changes.
Supports digestive health
Like humans, your dog can develop gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting, upset stomach, loss of weight, belching, passing gas, loose or constipated stools and stomach pain due to allergies. However, a natural-based diet with raw, biologically appropriate foods and dog treats can relieve many of these symptoms. If your dog suffers from allergies and intolerances, you can avoid additives and other known irritants with our hypoallergenic food.
Boosts energy and stamina
Avoiding ingredients you know your dog may have an intolerance or allergy to can aid in his or her digestive process. When your dog is fed hypoallergenic ingredients, the body digests them much more easily and effectively, leading to an increase in energy and stamina levels. This results in healthy activity levels, which encourages strong bones and muscles.
Helps prevent further serious health issues
Dogs with untreated allergies often develop some serious health issues later in life. Sinus symptoms can turn into deeper lung infections like pneumonia, and skin irritations can cause open sores that can get infected.
However, the use of hypoallergenic dog food can help to manage allergies, and even prevent, serious allergic reactions and the development of more intense physical symptoms. The more natural, raw ingredients your dog consumes, free from allergy-causing additives, the less their allergic symptoms will affect their health.
What types of hypoallergenic treats are available?
Besides hypoallergenic food, there is a wide variety of hypoallergenic treats at Nutriment. This means that you most certainly will be able to find delicious treats for your dog with allergies. You will find treats with lamb, fish and many more ingredients, and we offer treats that are suitable for both large and small dogs.
We also have a variety of chew sticks and super nutritious treats with glucosamine, which is great for strengthening an older dog's tender bones, joints, teeth and muscles.
Can dogs with allergies eat ‘regular’ dog treats?
If your dog is prone to allergic reactions, it’s best to avoid ‘regular’ dog treats that contain the aforementioned ingredients, as they are more likely to irritate those allergies. Nutriment provides some great hypoallergenic dog treat alternatives, which will support your dog’s digestive and oral health whilst providing great mental stimulation.