What is the healthiest dog food for allergies? There is no ONE dog food that will work for all dogs. The first step is in deciding what your dog is actually allergic to.
What Is Your Dog Allergic To?
There are several types of allergies in dogs, the most common being: food, inhalant and flea/insect bite. And although you will want to help your dog by eliminating the triggers, switching to a hypoallergenic dog food can help in all areas of allergies – simply because you are making your dog healthier, boosting their immune system, and allowing them to help control their own allergies.
Finding The Right Dog Food for Food Allergies
If you don’t know what your dog is allergic to but are pretty certain it is a food allergy, then you have 2 choices:
- Start the Elimination diet (see page on Elimination Diet) to figure out just what ingredient(s) your dog cannot tolerate.
- Switch to a different dog food which has completely different ingredients. Look at the dog food ingredients label to determine the main ingredients and then find a dog food that uses a completely different protein source, carb source, etc. I’d suggest going to a super-premium dog food (organic, human-grade would be best) that is a limited ingredient dog food. It will take a week or two to see any difference.
If you are not sure if your dog has an actual food allergy, but is definitely showing some allergy symptoms, a switch to a healthier dog food may be all they need. If you are currently feeding an average commercial dog food, there are good chances that your dog is just not getting the proper nutrition (I know, the packaging says it is balanced, blah, blah, blah – but the fact is, not very many dog foods in the market are really giving your dog the nutrition he really needs to thrive.)
Read my article on how to read dog food ingredients label to figure out the best dog food for allergies for your dog (and your budget).
Non-food Dog Allergies
The best dog food for dogs with allergies is simply going to be the healthiest dog food you can afford – making your dog have a strong, healthy body enables them to deal with their allergies that much better. Many times your dog’s allergy-like symptoms that are caused by inhalants (like pollen or mold), or insect bites have more to do with a frazzled immune system rather than actual allergies. Try adding some supplements to his dog food to boost his nutrients and improve his immune system. This change may be all your dog needs to start being able to fight off whatever is causing the allergy symptoms.