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In the last few years several dog food companies have developed hypoallergenic dog foods.Often dog owners are confused about these products and do not truly understand why they have been developed and when to consider them for their dog and what the benefits might be.

The easiest way to think about hypoallergenic dog food is that these foods contain ingredients that are better suited to a dog’s natural digestive system and they are designed to address a food allergy.

A dog’s digestive system is designed to break down raw proteins and some vegetable matter however the ingredients in many dry and some wet dog foods in the United States are largely made up of corn, wheat, dairy, soy and other grains.This can cause the dog’s own digestive system to work against properly breaking down the food. The result can be an allergy to one or more of the ingredients which can cause health problems; such as itchy skin, hot spots, hair loss, upset stomach, as well as episodes of diarrhea and vomiting. [click to continue…]


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We have done a two week trial with Zuke’s mini dog treats, in our search for healthy dog treats and also healthy training treats; and have found the following

results with our in house dogs. Like the hip Action ones the are well linked by the dogs. Ingredient wise they they have only only 2 calories per treat and  are American made with No wheat, soy, corn, or artificial colors, flavors, or by-products.

Now pay attention here because they do have “grains” not wheat, corn or soy .Here is the list Ingredients include Chicken, Ground Rice, Ground Barley, Malted Barley, Gelatin,

Vegetable Glycerin, Tapioca, Brewer’s Yeast, Natural Flavors, Fish Oil, Lecithin, Salt, Phosphoric Acid (a natural acidifier), Sorbic Acid (a preservative), Mixed Tocopherols, and Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C).

As always be sure to check what your dog’s problems are or allergies are then try them and let us know how it worked out.

(the image in this post is a link to Zuke’s products which if purchased would provide compensation to this blog)

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Blue Buffalo Dog Food Opinions

by Jamie on June 25, 2011

We have seen many people comment on Blue Buffalo dog food and it’s ingredients. Many of the formulas that it offers have grain free and minimal processing of the food. Some people have mentioned their dogs could not digest it and or had other problems. But many people have found it good. Let us know if you have tried it and how it has worked for you.

Also we have been asked to put together a book creating  homemade dog food that is hypoallergenic and quick and easy recipes to make this kind of food. If you would like us to do this let let know by commenting and tell us exactly what details you would like.

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Good information from this website:
http://www.petslove.info/Art/9996/11/Home-Made-Dog-Food-for-Dogs-with-Allergies.html

“About ten percent of the allergies seen in dogs are caused by allergic reactions to food. They are also a major cause of itching and scratching. The way a pet becomes sensitized to a particular food agent, which in turn creates a complicated antibody response in the dog’s intestinal tract, is not very well known. Despite our lack of understanding of how food allergies affect our dogs, there are many things we are certain of – the symptoms, and how to diagnose and treat food allergies.”

Food allergies do not respect gender as they affect males and females equally. The first signs of allergies can be detected as early as five months and as late as 12 years of age within the dog’s life span.

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Dog Food Ingredients

by Jamie on January 24, 2011

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Today we will be looking at the importance of getting hypoallergenic dog food made with only quality and limited ingredients!
If you have a dog that is allergic to certain ingredients, hypoallergenic dog food is by far your best bet, but how can you know what is best for your dog?
The two key words to remember here are quality, and limited.

Why quality?
The reason why you need to choose only hypoallergenic dog food brands with quality ingredients, is because the less specific and high quality the ingredients are?  The more likely it will somehow affect your dog’s allergic sensitivities.
The highest quality will be all-natural ingredients, with no artificial additives whatsoever.
Some dog food brands use the cheapest ingredients that they can acquire, and this is definitely NOT SAFE for your dog!
Think about it, if you had a serious food allergy, went to a restaurant, and they said they weren’t sure if their food was within your allergy specifications, would you be likely to eat anything from there that could have been cross-contaminated?
Of course not! That could spur a serious allergic reaction, and end you up in the hospital!

Now think of that from your dog’s perspective, if he/she had to go to the vet, rack up expensive bills and the fact that you could lose your pet if they have an allergic reaction? All because you didn’t want to check to make sure the ingredients in the food you were buying were quality?
that would be be terrible!

So most definitely, make sure to only get the hypoallergenic dog food with the high quality ingredients.

Why limited?
Why do you want limited ingredients in your dog’s food? Wouldn’t a bit of variety mean more flavor for them?
Absolutely not! The more ingredients that are in your dog’s food, the more chances there are that one of them might conflict with one of your pet’s sensitivities!
Keep it simple, keep it safe. Go for the foods that are limited in their ingredients, and try to aim for the more natural ones!

There are many types of hypoallergenic dog foods out there, but the decision is truly up to you as to what would be best for your pet.
There are types of food that are sort of “pre-mix,” so you add your own meat to the food.
Some people may be all for this, but just keep in mind that you’re adding an outside source to their food, and that meat might have had contact with one of their allergies at one point or another, so be careful!

If you decide to go for pre-made foods, you have a lot more choices as compared to the pre-mix ones.
Many more companies create the pre-made packages with meat in them, as it caters to more specific needs.
There are a variety of meats, from the usual chicken, beef, turkey, etc.; but there are even more obscure and uncommon choices such as bison, fish, lamb, and even more!

But remember, when you are shopping for your beloved canine friend’s food, that not only is hypoallergenic dog food with limited and quality ingredients safest for your pet, but it will also give your pet a longer and healthier life by building their immune system and giving them what they need!

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Hey all you fans and visitors to Hypoallergenic Dog Food .Net. This year we are again making The Dog’s Book Of Verse Available.

It is a great book of poems and verses about all breeds of dogs through the years. You and any dog lover will find it a fun and great book. We have made it available in PDF format so you can download and print it out or have it bound into a spiral booklet.

To get the book just o to our face Book Fan page here   FAN PAGE If you have been there before and don’t see the the welcome page look in the tabs along the top of the page for the WELCOME tab and that should take you there.

If you have any problems just use the CONTACT US page here and we will make sure you get the book. Happy Holidays!!

Jamie


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Taste of The Wild Dog Food Review

by Jamie on November 6, 2010

taste of the wild Taste of The Wild  Dog Food ReviewTaste of the wild is a dog food which is available in most areas of the united states now. In this dog food review we will look at what types of protein they offer in their formulas and how they preserve the food. These are two principle areas where dog food can contain ingredients that may cause a food allergy in your dog.

Taste of The Wild  has several formulas which are all grain free and include wild meats and fish that are smoked. In addition there are fruits such as blue berries and vegetables including sweet potatoes and peas.

The meats used are bison,venison, lamb, duck, quail, chicken and turkey. The fish is smoked salmon. They also make a canned formula which provides a wet version of the dry kibble formulas. The meats are roasted or smoked and the fish is also smoked.

I have questioned turkey as an ingredient in dog food and in writing this dog food review I want to say that as most people know there is a debate about using it. However it is a wild protein source if used correctly and one dogs might well eat in the wild. However feeding your dog turkey which is full of salt and preservatives or has bones and fat can be extremely bad. Veterinarians do seem to agree that fat from turkey if fed in quantity can be harmful to dogs. So please pay close attention to what is being said in this review and if you have questions do speak with your own Veterinary about your dog’s diet. [click to continue…]

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Our volunteer service group is baking dog biscuits to sell as a fundraiser for local animal shelters. The dog biscuits will be wrapped in cellophane and must be able to be stored at room temperature for a couple of weeks. What are some good recipes? If we make them with bacon grease or homemade chicken stock, will they need refrigeration?
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Hello everyone this is a brief post to let you know again that we have had reports of dog owners whose dogs were doing great on the Eagle Pack food brand until the company recently changed it’s food formula.

You will see if your read on that dogs that were doing well had sudden problems crop up when they started getting the new formula of the food. The best dog food is the one that is right for your dog and one that is healthy for him or her. Unfortunately when owners take the time and effort to do the very best for their dogs food manufacturers fail them. Since many people today have realized that highly processed foods may not be good for anyone, humans or dogs a new practice is becoming  the norm. It is called what are the ingredients in my food and the food I am feeding my dog.

So shop carefully , read those labels and do support your local specialty pet food stores who will usually support you by giving discounts and also providing good information and education for pet owners. The best dog food comes from you the owner and your choices.

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How Your Dog Benefits From Organic Dog Treats And Food

August 8, 2010

There are many benefits to giving your pet organic dog treats and food. You want your pet to have the best and organic is the best you can feed your pet. Most dog products have synthetic preservatives, dyes, by-products, bulk fillers and grain remnants. This is true even of the products that state they include […]

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Dog Owners Can Help Their Hypoallergenic Dog

August 2, 2010

Dog owners have had a new focus in recent years on what their dogs are eating and on what is in their dog’s food. Granted an allergy to something in the food can be a very serious health issue, but sometimes a dog can be allergic to something in his environment and not something in […]

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