Dog Food For Allergies and
By Hungry Bark | August 7, 2020
If your dog seems to have frequent stomach problems, like vomiting or diarrhea, or has suddenly started scratching his head all the time, you may be concerned that your dog has allergies or a sensitive stomach. Unfortunately, our canine companions can’t tell us what is bothering them, and it’s up to us to decipher the messages they are sending.
Chronic vomiting and diarrhea is a sign that something could be very wrong with your dog’s digestive system. They could be suffering from parasites, pancreatitis, ulcerations, or other conditions that need immediate attention. Occasional stomach upset, that usually occurs after a change of food or when they have had something they’re not used to, could be a sign they have a sensitive stomach or food intolerance.
If you take the gastrointestinal symptoms and add itching, shaking of the head, and chronic ear infections, your dog may have a food allergy.
Feeding A Dog With A Sensitive Stomach
After you have consulted your veterinarian to determine the cause of your dog’s gastric issues, you face the challenge of how to feed your dog without causing her further distress. When feeding time rolls around, keep in mind it’s not just what you feed them, it is also how you feed them that can impact how their stomach reacts to food.
When feeding your dog with a sensitive stomach, keep these tips in mind.
- Provide smaller, more frequent meals. Dogs are programmed to gulp their food down. This can cause large amounts of air to accumulate in their stomachs, resulting in gas and discomfort.
- Be careful when feeding treats. If your dog is prone to stomach issues, treats may cause their gastric problems to flare up. This could be because they are sensitive to an ingredient in the treat or because it is just too much for their system to handle.
- Introduce a probiotic supplement. A good probiotic supplement will recolonize your dog’s gut with the beneficial flora they may be missing and help ease their digestive discomfort.
- Be very careful when introducing a new food. If you switch their food without allowing them to adjust to the new one, you could cause a bout of vomiting and diarrhea.
- Feed high-quality food. Many foods on the market are made with fillers that may cause your dog digestive upset.
Consider going grain-free. Some dogs have no problems digesting grain. For others, it may be an issue. Your vet can help you decide if going grain-free might be best for your dog’s sensitive stomach.
Feeding A Dog With Allergies
Finding the right food for your dog with allergies can be a tricky prospect. Your vet will most likely recommend an elimination diet to help determine which foods are problematic for your dog.
Dog allergies do not present the same way they do in humans. Instead of swelling and hives, dog allergies tend to show as skin and digestive problems. This does not mean they should not be taken seriously. Food allergies are not only uncomfortable but if left unaddressed, they can cause damage to your dog’s digestive system, leading to malnutrition.
When feeding your dog with allergies, keep these
things in mind:
- First and foremost, consult your veterinarian. They will have recommendations for how to pinpoint the allergy triggers in your dog.
- Be careful with dog foods containing beef, egg, wheat, chicken, or dairy if your dog has an allergy. These are the most common allergies in dogs. Food allergies in dogs are generally caused by proteins.
- Try to limit the proteins in your dog’s food to only one or two. It makes it easier to identify the allergen and find food without it if they develop a new allergy.
- Be aware of the treats you feed your dog. If your dog develops a food allergy, remember to remove all the treats in your house that contain that allergen so you do not accidentally continue to give them to your dog.
- Offer a probiotic supplement. Studies suggest that a probiotic supplement can help soothe the skin problems caused by allergies.
What's the best dog food for allergies and a sensitive stomach?
Trying to pick a food for your dog with allergies or a sensitive stomach can be very stressful. You don’t want to pick the wrong food and cause your dog further distress.
Keep your dog’s sensitivities in mind when selecting a food. For dogs with sensitive stomachs and dogs with allergies, finding food with only one or two protein sources is best.
Foods like those offered by Hungry Bark are an excellent choice. They offer recipes with different meat proteins, including duck and salmon, two of the proteins most commonly suggested for dogs with food allergies. All their foods contain probiotics to help support gastric health.
Best of all, they use only the best ingredients, all their ingredients are ethically sourced, and their recipes are veterinarian approved. With their superfood ingredients, Hungry Bark makes sure their foods are nutritionally balanced while keeping the needs of every dog in mind.
What else does Hungry Bark offer for dogs with sensitive stomachs?
After discussing with your veterinarian, you might also want to consider adding in the Balanced Belly Probiotic to your dog’s daily routine as probiotics help support your dog’s gut.
Talk To Your Veterinarian About Feeding
Your Dog Quality Food
When your dog isn’t feeling well, it can send you into a panic trying to figure out what to do. It can be intimidating trying to figure out how best to care for your dog’s allergies or sensitive stomach. While it may be challenging, if you listen to your veterinarian’s guidance and find the foods that work the best for your dog, you can find the diet that keeps your dog’s allergies in check and his stomach healthy.