Best Hypoallergenic Dog Foods - Dog Food Advisor

A list of the best hypoallergenic dog foods as prepared by the editors of The Dog Food Advisor
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One of my dogs is an 8 year old Pomeranian/Bichon. Got a food allergy panel done and he’s allergic to beef, lamb, and kangaroo. My dogs have been on Orijen Six Fish for a year. I’ve heard the benfits of raw. Tried Primal Pronto Raw Chicken and my rescue Brussels griffon absolutely refused it and it had a strange color to me. So tried Stella and Chewys chicken morsels. They loved that but my dog was still itching. Now we are into the duck duck goose. Since switching to raw my dogs have lost weight and their coats do not look or feel as good as when they were eating the Orijen. I have 3 dogs total and don’t really know if I should go back to the Orijen or switch to a different protein like rabbit. Any recommendation or thoughts?
Foods formulated with duck are sometimes recommended for dogs suffering from food sensitivities or food allergies
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Duck is an excellent source of high quality protein and contains a well-balanced array of amino acids. Duck also contains generous amounts of iron, phosphorus, zinc, copper, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12. Many pet owners with dogs that have food allergies switch to foods containing duck, due to the fact that duck is probably one of the best foods to feed dogs who have allergic reactions to other forms of meat. Flint River Ranch Duck & Oatmeal Dog Food is a no wheat, no rice all natural duck potato and oatmeal formula that's ideal for dogs with skin and food allergies.
Photo provided by FlickrFeeding unique protein sources, such as venison or duck, can also help reduce reaction in dogs with a food allergy or intolerances to more common ingredients.
Photo provided by FlickrAncestry's Duck & Potato formula was developed for dogs with food allergies that need a higher protein diet to support their higher activity levels
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My Parson Russell started "chewing and licking her feet" so I took her to the vet. We did the allergy test and she is allergic to beef, salmon, corn, oats, and duck. +/- to: venison, milk, soybean, lamb, and kelp. Now what? All hypoallergenic dog foods have oats instead of wheat. What dry food can I buy for her? She just turned 7.I found the Holistic Select Brand-Duck & Oatmeal and he was on that diet for about three years. In November, my dog started developing stomach symptoms similar to colitis/IBD. Just last week I had him tested for food allergies using the saliva test-Nutriscan but won’t have the results back for a couple of weeks.In extreme allergy cases, a “novel” protein might be necessary. Novel proteins are ingredients that your dog or cat’s body is not familiar with. Chicken, beef, turkey, and lamb are meats used most often in pet food. Novel proteins for pets eating these ingredients would include venison, rabbit, duck, kangaroo or ostrich. Because the pet’s body has never been exposed to these ingredients, they are unlikely to solicit a negative response from the body. It is important to also use a novel carbohydrate when trying to fully eliminate allergic reactions. If a cat was eating a chicken and rice based food, a novel food for them might be duck and potato.Poultry can include meats like chicken, one of the most common food allergens for dogs, as well as options like duck which has lower incidences of allergic reactions. Food allergies can cause distressing skin conditions in canines as well as chronic disorders such as indigestion, ear infections, and breathing troubles. Allergies are due to an abnormally high defensive response to a protein, in this case, a type of poultry, which the immune system perceives as an intrusive substance. Foods are broken down into amino acids by the digestive system, and the amino acids are then absorbed by enterocytes, a type of white blood cell. If the digestive system doesn’t completely break down the proteins, the enterocytes see them as intruders and attack the body.The veterinary dermatologist started Clayton on steroids, but the steroids did not end Clayton’s discomfort. For a while, Cassandra also had Clayton on Atopica, a drug designed for dog allergies, but it was also not effective in treating his condition. When the steroids and Atopica did not help, they started Clayton on a food elimination program to try to identify which foods he may be allergic to. They eventually found that Clayton was allergic to chicken, turkey, duck, beef, rabbit and fish. After trying different brands of food, Cassandra eventually found that Nutro’s limited ingredient Venison Meal and Brown Rice food worked. Clayton stopped scratching his ears and chewing on his tail.The old adage that “you are what you eat” applies here. Food is classified as having various properties such as cooling, warming, etc. Allergic dogs should eat cooling foods such as fish, duck and rabbit. The cooling foods help to bring down the inflammation throughout the body. Foods like venison and lamb are considered the warmest of proteins and, to an allergic dog, would greatly increase the heat in the body and the allergic reaction.