The Myth Behind Allergy Free Dog Food
Is there really such as thing as an allergy free dog food?
In an attempt to end the seemingly uncontrollable itching my dog Jasper was experiencing (notice I used “was” experiencing – he’s great now) I set off to find a reasonable and healthy solution for him. And I did!
What I found was that yes, you can knock out some of your dog’s grief by eliminating certain grains and starches, however a true hypoallergenic dog food is what your dog is really asking for.
It’s true that many dogs, just like Jasper, have a terrible reaction to the grains found in some of the more popular commercial dry dog foods. But what I uncovered is that actually, it’s not the grains so much as the “quality” of the grains.
That’s because when you choose a dog food that contains corn (the worst!) or wheat, barley and other similar grains, you are risking that moldy or unhealthy ingredients are in the package. Yes. Mold.
However, very few commercial dry dog foods are 100% grain free.
Often rice is substituted for the cheaper (and unhealthy) corn and corn by-products that are used as fillers in many pet foods. Please know that rice is a better option – but your own dog’s food allergies may not just be in the grains – or lack of grains, as we soon found out.
It only makes sense that dry dog food avoderm must have a long shelf life, so preservatives are used to keep it as fresh as possible. It just may be the preservatives that are causing your dog to itch uncontrollably. Artificial preservatives that is.
As we found out, switching to a raw dog food diet can be a big boost for your dog’s health and well being, but it can also be a costly and time consuming affair. There are many considerations before you start your dog on a raw diet, really.
Besides, you need to be certain that you serve up the right nutrients so your dog stays healthy. Your own Vet is the better advisor for a raw dog diet. However, I did find an incredibly valuable resource, one that I can recommend for going on a raw food regimen. You can find that information on my website. So, now to continue…
Bowl by Bowl… Kibble by Kibble
If a complete raw diet is not in the plans for your dog, there are some simple steps you can take so both you and he feel better – quickly.
Avoid buying any dry food that lists corn or wheat or even corn or wheat by-products such as cornmeal. Instead, opt for the brand that promotes brown rice as it’s staple ingredient.
Preservatives are a necessary evil (so the food doesn’t spoil before it gets home)… so look for natural preservatives listed on the ingredient label.
What Are Natural Preservatives? I thought All Preservatives Were Bad?
Better brands use natural preservatives that are derived from antioxidants such as vitamins. Or you may find that they are labeled as “tocopherol” or perhaps “ascorbate”, which are both natural and safe. They are made from natural fruits and vegetables.
It’s best for your dog to avoid any dog food that contains…
- Propylene glycol
- Propyl gallate
If you don’t know what it is (and wouldn’t eat it yourself), please don’t feed it to your dog.
From Terrible Food – To Raw Food – To Combo Food
We did try a raw diet, and it was very successful – for a short time.
The main drawback was that it wasn’t always convenient, and became fairly costly (like feeding a teenager).
So we settled on a good quality grain and starch free food and feed him raw every chance we get. That way he gets the best of the best and we are assured he is getting all the basic nutrients without lots of costly supplements.
The bottom line is that Jasper now has a healthy coat, and no longer itches all day and night (scratch, scratch, scratch).