ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Finding the Best Hypoallergenic Dog Food

Updated on August 8, 2010

When we go to the pet food isle of the grocery store there are seemingly hundreds of different options available to us. Many of these choices seem to be one and the same, as if dog food was dog food, that is actually not the case. Dog food is one of the leading causes of allergies in dogs. These allergies are responsible for a host of behaviors and problems from excessive scratching, hair loss, and skin infections.


The following is a list of guidelines in helping you pick the most hypoallergenic dog food available. It does not go into specific brands, but instead offers guidelines because the availability of dog food changes from region to region, country to country.

1. Does Not Contain Wheat, Corn, or Soybeans

Many dogs are allergic to most grains. Remember that thousands of years ago, before dogs were domesticated and lived with humans, their diet was primarily fresh meat. They would hunt anything that their pack could realistically bring down. Therefore, their digestive systems have evolved to be short, which is perfect for digesting animal proteins. Compare this to cattle, who have four stomachs and primarily eat plants. Without these large digestive systems, dogs cannot process many plant foods properly.

2. Contains High Amounts of Protein such as Beef, Chicken, and Fish.

The easiest way to determine this is to look at the ingredients on the back of the label. The first two should be pure meat. They can be any type of meat such as lamb, chicken, beef, pork, fish, etc, etc. This does not mean that there should be "animal digest" or similar things anywhere on the list.

Make Sure Your Dog Chows Down on Healthy, Hypoallergenic Dog Food
Make Sure Your Dog Chows Down on Healthy, Hypoallergenic Dog Food

3. The Dog Food is USDA Certified

What many people do no realize is that some of the beginning dog food brands were created to not waste meat and other food stuffs that were not fit for humans to eat. Many times this includes the worst parts of animals, animals that are sick, or even animals that were dead before they arrived at the slaughterhouse. This applies to the plant products in dog food. These can contain food that has already spoiled or otherwise unfit for human consumption.

4. Food that is free from artificial preservatives

Many dogs have allergic reactions to the chemicals used in preparing dog food. Common artificial preservatives are BHA, BHT, and Ethoxyquin. If your dog is eating food that follows the guidelines above, but is still scratching because of allergies, this could be the reason why.

5. If It Contains Something You Wouldn't Eat, Your Dog Shouldn't

While the digestive and immune systems of dogs and humans are different, they are also alike. Food that is not fit for humans is likely not fit for dogs. Chemical laden, heavily processed food is not healthy for anything living.

Your dogs allergies are very likely because of the food they eat and not their environment. Remember that good, healthy food for your dog may be initially expensive, but the money it will save in veterinary costs and the happiness of the well being of your dog are more than worth it.


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      20032002 

      6 years ago

      how much is the dog

    • dallas93444 profile image

      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Doggone good advice. Thanks for sharing...

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)