How to Make a Hypoallergenic Diet for Dogsby Cheryl S. Grant
It can be a challenge to feed a pet that tends to suffer from food allergies or from food intolerance. Common reactions in your dog if he suffers from allergies could be rashes, itching, hives, excessive licking and/or vomiting. Intolerance is usually marked by gas, bloating or an upset stomach. A hypoallergenic diet can be suitable for a dog that tends to suffer from any of these reactions when fed. The focus of this diet should be about keeping the ingredients in his food limited and avoiding preservatives and additives.
Before designing a daily diet fit for your little hound, it is important to note the things that your best buddy should have. According to the ASPCA, the following are essential to keeping your dog healthy: water, protein, carbs, vitamins and minerals in the proper ratio.
Meat choices that work for this diet are chicken off the bone, breast, livers and hearts, canned salmon (deboned), lamb and beef. For dogs that are really problematic, lamb and salmon are often the best bet. But also keep in mind that some dogs can develop allergies to chicken and beef, so call your vet if you observe itching, etc., after consumption.
Fruits and veggies are a good way to add flavor and vitamins to your dog's diet. Mix apples, blueberries, bananas, spinach and kale into your dog's meals for added variety. Carbohydrates are a very important part of your pet's diet and can also soothe the tummy. Try adding sweet potatoes, oatmeal and brown rice.
Combine a cooked serving of meat, fruits and/or veggies with a carb for a balanced meal. Add linoleic acid oil to your dog's meal especially if it does not contain fish such as salmon. Serve warm, not hot.
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- Linoleic acid
- A starting point should be to seek advice from your vet.
- Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid for dogs.
- It is unnecessary to give a vitamin supplement unless a specific vitamin deficiency is diagnosed by a veterinarian, provided the dog is given a healthy and well-balanced diet.
- Be sure to introduce new foods to your dog slowly.
- Avoid giving your dog raw eggs as a source of protein. Other than salmonella poisoning, the ASPCA notes that raw egg whites contain avidin, an anti-vitamin that interferes with the metabolism of fats, glucose, amino acids and energy.
- Foods to avoid giving your dog include chocolate, caffeine, coffee, alcohol, avocado, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, yeast dough, xylitol, under-cooked meats, milk, onions, chives and garlic.