My Dog Has Allergies - Should I Feed Him Hypoallergenic Dog Food?
My Dog has Allergies
Your dog has been scratching, biting his feet, legs or tail, can't hold his bladder through the night and you've noticed a distinct change in his personality. What could have caused this? You talk to your vet and he tells you that your dog is suffering from dog food allergies.
What are dog food allergies? Your dog is allergic to his food he's eating or something he is getting into. If you know it's his dog food then it is something they put into his dog food brand. It doesn't matter if you've fed him it for years or just started feeding it to him.
Something, in his food is causing this. It could be the chemicals and food coloring they put inside his brand. It could be the wheat or corn meal. Wheat has toxins in it and is hard on a dog's stomach. Corn can't be digested by dogs and is rough on them. It could be the chicken or beef also or the hormones or chemicals they give to them that is causing problems.
Don't worry, there is a treatment. It's called hypoallergenic dog food.
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Once you find out that your dog has allergies it's time to get him some hypoallergenic dog food. However, don't give it to him all at once. That would upset his stomach even more.
Over the next two weeks, slowly introduce him to his new food. Mix a small portion into his old food. Increase it every few days by a handful. This lets him get used to it and is easier on his digestive system.
What if My Dog Won't Eat It?
If your dog sniffs the food and then turns his nose up at it, decrease the portions of the new brand and give it to him. He looks at you and his soft brown eyes seem to say "I'm not eating that" then fix up a bowl of kibble and put a small portion of dog food in it. Then pour some drippings form a roast or duck into his bowl. Mix it well then feed it to him. Most dogs would woof this down but if your dog is too intelligent or stubborn to be fooled then here's another idea that you can try...
Home Remedies for Dog Allergies
To solve this problem of your dog not eating the brand of dog food you bought for him you might consider making his food from scratch. Start out small with only two ingredients such as bison and sweet potato. You may want to feed him lamb with rice. He will enjoy it and within a month or two these food allergies will be gone.
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