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Help, my dog ​​has an allergy! How can hypoallergenic dog food help?

You have tried countless varieties of wet and dry feed, but your four-legged friend just does not react well to them. Instead there are complaints of gastrointestinal discomfort, skin rash and fur problems. A visit to the veterinarian and a feed change are then usually unavoidable. How the hypoallergenic dog food can help is found in our guidebook.

The following topics are handled in this guide:

  • What is "hypoallergenic dog food"?
    What does "hypoallergenic" mean and what effects does it have for your dog?  Read more
  • How do you recognize an intolerance of your dog to feed-ingredients?
    Here you can read about the most frequent symptoms:  Read more
  • What are frequent allergenic substances in feed?
    We built up a little summary about allergens:  Read more
  • What can you do for your dog in case of feed intolerance?
    We tell you how you can help your dog: Read more

 

What is "hypoallergenic dog food"?

As a rule, certain proteins and protein compounds are the trigger for the allergic reaction, which is why it is important that the feed does not contain these proteins. This is the case with hypoallergenic dog food, because, as the name suggests, this contains few allergenic substances". Frequent allergy-triggering protein structures are dispensed with and alternatives are used instead. Hypoallergenic dog food from Green Petfood uses high-quality insect protein as this is a very rare protein source. The risk of intolerance is therefore low. As it is intended to contain as few to no allergenic substances as possible, hypoallergenic dog food is also grain-free. It is a complete feed which, due to selected ingredients and the elimination of frequently used animal protein sources is suitable for adults and allergy-stricken dogs. Because of its ingredients and additives such as certain vitamins and minerals, the hypoallergenic dog food "InsectDog hypoallergen" is, like all other varieties of Green Petfood designed to ensure that your dog is well taken care of. For this, it has been certified by DLG and has been rated "very good".

It is important that you give not only hypoallergenic dog food to your pet but also, in case of a dog food allergy, take care that the treats also do not contain the allergenic substances. Even the smallest dog biscuit can cause allergy symptoms. Only with the synergy of complete hypoallergenic feed and treats can you protect your dog from the allergen. Treats are not absolutely necessary to nourish your dog completely and healthily. They are primarily intended to reward and pamper it For these reasons, it is especially nice if you use high-quality products.

How do you recognize an intolerance of your dog to feed-ingredients?

Does your four-legged friend scratch or lick? Does he lose fur and is his skin reddened? Is his feces pulpy, watery, or very firm, and does your dog often break out? These symptoms may indicate that your dog is allergic or intolerant. The reason for this are certain substances, which cause a reaction of the defense system. They are called allergens and cause different symptoms.

For example:

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  • Itching in the mouth or body
  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomitting
  • Skin rash
  • Coat loss
  • Brittle claws

Basically an allergy can be triggered for different reasons in your dog.

This includes:

  • Parasites such as fleas, mites or worms
  • Mushrooms
  • Bacterial infections
  • Organic suffering
  • Stress

Furthermore, in many cases, allergies are also caused by the feed, because it contains ingredients that your dog does not tolerate or which fights against the defense system of the body. More specifically, these are protein-containing ingredients. So that your dog does not react to the allergens defensively, a so-called hypoallergenic dog food can help.

What are frequent allergenic substances in feed?

In general, your dog may be allergic to all components of the dry feed. However, there are typical allergy-causing substances, including animal proteins and grains. If your dog does not tolerate wheat, barley or other cereal grains, grain-free dog food can be the right diet. In this case, the grain is replaced by an alternative carbohydrate source, which is mostly potatoes. If your four-legged darling reacts to a protein source or even to several feed ingredients, a hypoallergenic dog food can be the best choice.

Possible allergenic components in the dry feed:

  • Pig, beef, chicken and other meats
  • Dairy products
  • Grains
  • Soy

Allergy or intolerance? You can ask this question rightfully, because often both terms are used synonymously. However, there are significant differences:

  • Allergy: The body of your dog has developed an antibody against a certain substance. As soon as it comes into contact with this, the body defense is activated. There is an allergic reaction.
  •  Intolerance: A reaction to the triggering substance takes place immediately, the immune system is not involved.

What can you do for your dog in case of feed intolerance?

At first, take it to the veterinarian to get the intolerance determined. This is possible via examinations of the blood and the skin, but also by an exclusion diet. For this, your dog has to eat special allergy food for several weeks, which consists only of a certain meat and carbohydrate source. You can either buy it ready or you can cook it for your dog. A nutrition plan prepared by the veterinarian will help you.
If the allergens are determined, a feed changeover can take place. This should be done slowly and with patience. The desired effect does not occur immediately on every four-legged. In some cases it takes up to a quarter of a year until the allergy symptoms have completely disappeared.
An alternative to the elaborate exclusion diet is hypoallergenic dog food. Experts advise it because it usually consists of only a few ingredients. This and the fact that typical allergens are dispensed with reduces the risk of allergy symptoms. In addition, the highly digestible, light dry-feed with many nutrients stabilizes the immune system and the entire organism quickly and permanently. In this way your dog's health regains balance after a short time. However, this does not work if your four-legged friend is very sensitive and reacts to a wide range of substances. If so, an exclusion diet is probably the only option. In addition, you should always check with a veterinarian for food intolerance or allergy and discuss various treatment options such as the diet and the hypoallergenic dog food.

Help for your dog with intolerancesIf your dog does not tolerate certain feed ingredients or reacts to them allergically, this can unfortunately not be cured. Usually, the problem is genetic, so the body will fight the allergens all its life. The only thing you can do is to keep the substances away from him - that is, to remove them from the dog diet.
Furthermore, allergies can also be triggered by the dog food itself. Even though you have been feeding it to your dog for some time, he suddenly cannot tolerate it anymore. Or you feed the same kind from another manufacturer and it brings about an allergic reaction. According to experts, this can be caused by an inferior feed quality. For example, you can see that the information on ingredients contains animal by-products, sugars and artificial additives. Therefore, it is important that you feed it with high-quality feed from natural and controlled raw products that are matched by vitamins and minerals to a nutrient-optimal diet. If this is adapted to your health, age and energy consumption, you can permanently feed it. Hypoallergenic dog food has a very good quality, because the composition has been developed for a special diet and only selected ingredients are used for it. In addition, the production and the finished product are regularly controlled so that the hypoallergenic dry food does not contain typical allergenic substances.