Many dogs suffer from allergies to certain ingredients in their food and require special hypoallergenic dog food to relieve their symptoms. We look at the best hypoallergenic dog food on the market and answer some frequently asked questions about allergies in dogs.
Do Dogs Have Allergies?
Yes, dogs can be susceptible to allergies to their food or their environment just like humans. These allergies can be to their environment or to certain types of food.
Common Dog Food Allergies Include:
Allergies to certain kinds of meat and grain are quite common in dogs and can develop at any time, even if there has not been a recent change in food.
How Can You Tell if Your Dog is Allergic to Food?
Some of the main symptoms of allergies in dogs include:
- Gas, Diarrhea, or Vomiting.
- Itchy or Oozing Skin.
- Coughing or Sneezing.
- Red, or Irritated eyes.
- Poor Quality or Patchy Coat.
- Inflamed ears.
- Obsessive Licking.
- Nasal Discharge.
- Swollen Paws or Excessive Paw Biting.
Of course, these symptoms may not necessarily be caused by a food allergy and there could be other causes. If your dog starts to show any of these symptoms there are a few tests you can do to pinpoint the cause of the problems. It is always best to consult your vet first for a professional diagnosis. Dogs that have food allergies often have environmental allergies too so it is advised to bathe your dog twice a week with a medicated dog shampoo to treat for these and improve their coat.
How Do You Treat Allergies in Dogs?
Treating allergies in dogs should always be done carefully and based on your vets advice. You can try different types of dog food and monitor the symptoms to work out what exactly your dog is allergic to by the process of elimination. If your dog is allergic to one of the meats then it’s as simple as moving to a different meat which they react better too. If you find it is an allergy to corn or wheat then a grain free dog food might be the best option for your dog.
A lot of the time your dog may be allergic to more than one of these ingredients which can make it difficult to narrow down which foods are suitable. Choosing a hypoallergenic dog food is a great way to relieve your dog of their symptoms and we outline the best hypoallergenic dog food varieties below. These hypoallergenic foods are grain free to avoid the allergens in soy, wheat or corn and are often made with alternative meats like duck, turkey or venison which your dog is less likely to be allergic to.
What is the Best Hypoallergenic Dog Food?
So allergies can be a problem for dogs and with the huge range of dog food products on the market, it can be hard work trying to find the right one. We’ve put together a list of the best hypoallergenic dog food UK has to offer to keep your allergic dog well fed and happy!
- James Wellbeloved Hypoallergenic Dog Food
- Arden Grange Hypoallergenic Dog Food
- Autarky Hypoallergenic Dog Food
- Acana Hypoallergenic Dog Food
Read on for more information about why we’ve chosen these as the best hypoallergenic dog food for your dog.
James Wellbeloved make naturally healthy hypoallergenic dog food. They only use the finest natural ingredients with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, as they believe that natural goodness tastes best. They take hypoallergenic food more seriously than any other brand and don’t produce anything that isn’t hypoallergenic. They take totally natural, unrefined ingredients and cook them gently so as not to lose their goodness. The Turkey and Rice mix is hugely popular for allergic dogs and the 2kg bag is available for just £8.99 online!
Arden Grange adult sensitive white fish and potato is a complete grain free dog food for adult dogs with particularly sensitive skin or digestion. There are no grains or cereals in this gentle recipe that contains ocean white fish as an easily digestible source of protein. This white fish is naturally high in omega-3 essential fatty acids. It is a naturally low allergen recipe that does not contain common causes of allergies like beef, soya, dairy, wheat or gluten. At £9.49 for a 2kg bag, this is the highest quality food for allergic dogs.
Autarky have a complete hypo-allergenic dog food which is great for active dogs. The Autarky Succulent Salmon is particularly popular and contains no artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives in its 100% natural recipe. It is free of wheat, gluten and soya and contains natural antioxidants to help your dog recover from their allergies. The large 12kg bag of Autarky Salmon adult dog food will keep your dog happy and allergy free for just £22.99.
Acana dog food acknowledges dogs as natural carnivores and will ensure that their diet is almost identical to what they would hunt in the wild. Their food has high meat content and avoids allergy causing grains like wheat. Acana has nourishing botanicals to boost metabolism, strengthen organs and help cleanse the body of toxins. It is also low in carbohydrates, contains omega 3 and has fresh orchard grown fruit and vegetables that provide fibre and antioxidants in a natural form. It’s a high quality hypoallergenic dog food that is well worth £13.99 for a 2kg bag.
We hope our guide to the best hypoallergenic dog food was useful. As you can see, there are plenty of great options out there if your dog does suffer from allergies. If we had to recommend one brand, it would definitely be James Wellbeloved. Their hypo-allergenic formulas are the best around and we have a huge variety of their foods in stock. If you think your dog may be suffering from allergies, the first step is always to contact your vet. For anything else you can give us a call today and our experts will be happy to help!