Look at Ingredients
Your number one task is to look at the list of ingredients in your dog’s food or food you’re thinking of trying. If you already know what your dog is allergic to, make sure not to buy any food with that ingredient. If you aren’t sure or want to offer a healthier option to your pup, here’s what to look for:
New sources of proteins: Beef is usually the go-to source of protein for pre-made food but may also cause a reaction, so look for something new. Other protein sources include turkey, fish, lamb, rabbit and venison. Because your dog has most likely not had these meats before, they are less likely to cause a reaction.
A limited list of ingredients: Food with a shorter list of ingredients is better because it’s less likely to contain something that may trigger an allergic reaction.
Grain-free: Some dogs do very well with Grain-Free diets. Grain-free dog food typically has fewer filler ingredients like wheat, corn, and soy, which can trigger allergic reactions. These ingredients are frequently genetically modified and sprayed heavily with pesticides. Be aware that grain-free doesn’t mean gluten-free, so be extra careful if you’re looking for gluten-free dog food.
Artificial colors: These additives can often cause stomach or skin problems in dogs, even without an allergy or intolerance. Common listings of artificial colors include Blue 2, Red 40, and Yellow 5 and 6.
No preservatives (see partial list of preservatives in this article)
Read Everything Carefully
Take your time reading the ingredients of new potential dog food. Brands don’t have to share the quality of ingredients and can split up ingredients, so people don’t realize how much of a single ingredient is in the food.
For example, corn can be separated into ground, kibbled, flaked, and corn. When scanning the list, you might see one mention of corn and mistakenly believe the product doesn’t contain much of that ingredient. Corn is not well tolerated by dogs and should not be included in dog food and should absolutely be avoided in foods for dogs with allergies.
Also, remember that ingredients are usually listed by weight, meaning the food contains the most of the first ingredient listed. It’s important to recognize the first line of ingredients listed on your dog’s food.
Recognize the Value of Whole Foods
Not only are whole food ingredients healthy for dogs, but they taste better too! By avoiding processing and preservation, whole food ingredients maintain their original taste, making the food more enticing to a dog’s sense of smell and taste. Look for foods that are preserved by freeze drying and dehydration rather than chemicals,
Plus, whole foods retain all the natural nutrients that get lost when they undergo processing. As a result, they are better for dogs with allergies or intolerances and can help improve their overall health. It’s easier for dogs to digest whole foods, putting less stress on the body.
Add Oils to the Diet including Omega 3’s to your Allergic Dogs Diet
While all dogs benefit from the addition of Omega 3 oils, allergic dogs absolutely need these essential fatty acids to repair skin and other damaged tissue. Adding fish oil including Salmon, Krill, Mackerel, and Anchovy is critical for your allergic dog’s diet. In addition you can add coconut oil, flaxseed oil or olive oil to relieve itching and dryness of the skin and ears. Adding oils will help to reduce flaky skin, dandruff and dryness. These oils along with a whole food diet will help to reduce itching and inflammation.
Other Things to Consider
Dr. Harvey’s Emune-Boost supplement
This all-natural supplement can be added to your dog’s meals and contains herbs that help support your dog’s immune system.
Dr. Harvey’s Healing Cream
Dr. Harvey’s Healing Cream is a soothing blend of oils and herbs that can be applied topically to help with itching, hot spots, hives, rashes, and healing.
Dr. Harvey’s Makes Healthy Eating Easy for Dogs and Their Parents
Finding the best dog food for allergies can be challenging for pet parents, but our goal is to make it easier. Dr. Harvey’s has a variety of tasty and healthy dog food options, including Allergy (Food for Dogs with Allergies), and base mixes like Veg-to-Bowl or Raw Vibrance where you add your own protein that are perfect for dogs dealing with allergies.
Featuring whole food ingredients along with vitamin and mineral supplements, Dr. Harvey’s Allergy allows pet parents to create delicious home-cooked meals without the work. You can choose Allergy food made from turkey or fish.
If you are looking for the best food for your dog with allergies and are wondering if Dr Harvey's Allergy food might work t for your companion, Dr. Harvey’s has a team of nutritionists that can answer your questions. Give it a try and provide your canine companion with a healthier menu option. Finding the right food for your dog with allergies can be challenging. Dr. Harvey’s helps pet parents find solutions to help their companions thrive.