If your dog suffers from a dull coat and struggles with frequent bouts of sickness, diarrhoea, constipation or excessive wind then it is possible he is suffering from a food intolerance. Just like humans, a dog’s digestive system can become intolerant to certain food types over time and to combat this you should try switching to a hypoallergenic product suitable for sensitive tummies.
Mass market, commercial dog food products often contain the key intolerance triggers, including beef, chicken, wheat maize and egg (and often it is a complex combination of these ingredients). Your dog may start off well on these foods but over time may build up a resistance to one or all of the ingredients. Hypoallergenic dog foods contain much fewer ingredients and should not include any of the common triggers. You should also look to avoid foods packed full of additives, preservatives and colorants. Instead, look for ingredients such as:
British Lamb (low ash)
Beet Pulp (aids good digestion)
Rice (a simple, single carbohydrate)
When trying hypoallergenic dog food for the first time you should introduce it slowly in order to avoid upsetting the dog’s tummy even further. Eventually, you should phase out the old food completely. You should also pay close attention to your dog’s snacks and treats. Commercial dog chews can be really unhealthy and there is no point paying a premium for a hypoallergenic food only to ruin the benefits with poor quality snacks. You can now easily find premium quality hypoallergenic dog snacks that will complement your dog’s new diet. Again, look for high quality, single source meats like Lamb or Venison.
Good quality dog food is available from many independent pet food retailers or from your vet. So if your dog is showing the common signs of food intolerance why not give it a try today?