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, with symptoms being uncomfortable, irritable and develop into conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, flaky skin and weight loss to name a few. Fortunately, Nutriment has a wide variety of dog treats specifically formulated as ‘hypoallergenic’, meaning they’re safe to feed to dogs with allergies or intolerances.
Nutriment only uses high-quality, biologically appropriate ingredients with simple processes when creating their raw, hypoallergenic dog treats. Designed for all sizes, ages and breeds, our hypoallergenic dog treats are a great way to support your dog’s health and nutrition, whilst minimising the risk of allergic reactions.
Understanding what hypoallergenic means
The common term ‘hypoallergenic’ refers a product being much less likely to cause or exacerbate allergic symptoms. Some common allergic reactions include rash, skin itchiness, flaky dry skin, coughing, sneezing, wheezing, fur loss and digestive issues to name a few.
Food allergies are common in dogs, who can be allergic to certain grains, food additives, preservatives, dyes, flavourings and some meat (beef and chicken intolerances are most prevalent). Other food items include dairy products and nuts.
Sometimes, food labels refer to ‘novel’ proteins as being hypoallergenic. This simply means that dogs usually have not eaten it before and therefore have not developed common intolerances. Lamb and rabbit are two types of meat that dogs with allergies might tolerate better than chicken or beef, for example.
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 provide some great hypoallergenic dog treat alternatives which will support your dog’s digestive and oral health, whilst providing great mental stimulation.
The benefits of hypoallergenic dog treats
Improves quality of life
To ensure the comfort of your pet, make sure you aware of common behaviours that might indicate an allergy. These may include excessive scratching in one location, chewing legs/paws, development of sores, raised bumps, rashes, loss of fur, runny eyes/noses, loss of energy or behavioural changes. Keeping your dog on a hypoallergenic raw diet (including raw hypoallergenic dog treats) can improve your pet's comfort and overall quality of life.
Supports digestive health
Just like humans, your dog can develop gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting, stomach upset, loss of weight, belching, passing gas, loose or constipated stools and stomach pain due to allergies. A natural based diet with raw, biologically appropriate foods and dog treats can relieve many of these symptoms. Always avoid additives and known irritants if your dog suffers from allergies and intolerances.
Boosts energy and stamina
Avoiding ingredients you know your dog may have an intolerance or allergy to can aid in his/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. The use of hypoallergenic dog treats can help to relieve, 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?
With choices like Antler Bars, Bull Pizzles, Beef Tripe Sticks, Fish Flatties, Turkey Liver Chews, Fresh Duck Necks and Fresh Marrow Bones for large and small dogs, you will definitely find a treat for your dog to enjoy, even if they are prone to allergic reactions.
Other available hypoallergenic dog treats include Lamb Ribs, Moo Tubes, Little Fish and 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.