How to feed a dog with allergies?
“Allergy – a disease of the 21st century.” Probably, you have repeatedly come across this statement. Unfavorable ecology, unbalanced nutrition, lack of physical exertion, the rhythm of large cities – all this leaves an imprint not only on our health, but also on the health of our pets. For example, among dogs today you can find a lot of allergy sufferers. And one of the most common problems is food allergy, which can and should be dealt with by adjusting the diet.
But before we talk about the features of feeding, we note that the true allergy that can lead to anaphylactic shock and poses a real threat to life, is extremely rare in dogs – only in 0.01% of cases. All the rest is the intolerance of a specific component (or components) of food, flowing into digestive disorders and dermatological problems. And in order to eliminate the ailment, it is enough to determine which component of the food causes an allergic reaction and completely eliminate it from the diet.
Of course, it is much more convenient to do this if you use ready-made, full-ration balanced feed. In this case, it is enough to choose a suitable line – and you can say goodbye to allergic reactions. With a natural type of feeding, it is more difficult to do this, since in this case one can never predict how the pet’s body will react to the new product. In addition, when feeding with natural food it is almost impossible to maintain the optimal balance of nutrients, which weakens the pet’s immunity.
If you go to a large pet store, you will see a wide range of special food for dogs prone to allergies. Understanding the variety of lines can be difficult. It is necessary to understand that the finished food is ready for ready-made food, and to make a choice in favor of proven brands that are not afraid to entrust the health of their wards.
Mono-protein balanced diets (for example, SPECIALITY Line Monge), which include only one source of protein, are very popular. Such food allows you to exclude from the diet of the dog all the “problem” ingredients that can provoke an allergic reaction. If your dog is allergic to chicken, you choose a feed with a lamb, if you are allergic to a lamb – choose feed with a rabbit, and so on.
It is important that the composition of superpremium feed includes only high-quality sources of easily digestible proteins and carbohydrates, so these rations are ideal for dogs with digestive problems.
Feeding dogs with allergies
Another advantage of high-quality anti-allergic feed is the enrichment of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. It is the optimal balance of fatty acids that effectively prevents the development of inflammation and supports the health of coat.
Special hypoallergenic super premium class feeds (for example, Hypoallergenic Monge) are also an excellent solution. They are based on hypoallergenic sources of animal protein (salmon and tuna) and are characterized by high digestibility.
In general, if we describe the ideal hypoallergenic feed, then as a result we will come to the following characteristics:
The composition of the feed includes hypoallergenic sources of animal protein, which allow to exclude “problematic” ingredients from the diet.
The food is enriched with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which contribute to the health of the skin and reduce the risk of inflammation.
Food is characterized by high digestibility, which excludes digestive disorders.
The food contains X.O.S., improves digestion and strengthens the immune system.
The feed contains biotin, zinc and linoleic acid, necessary for the health and beauty of wool.
In addition to the correct diet, reliable maintenance conditions, active walks and, of course, positive emotions received from communication with the owner will be reliable helpers in the fight against allergic reactions, because all this makes the pets happy and strengthens their immunity.
Take care of your four-legged friends, they will definitely appreciate it!