Does your pet need hypoallergenic dog food?

Many people see the warning signs of an allergic reaction in their pet – the watery eyes or the dry, itchy skin – and they immediately assume their pet is allergic to something in his diet. While some pets are allergic to certain ingredients in their dog food, dietary allergies account for only 10 percent of canine allergies, behind fleas and non-contact (atopic) allergies.

It's also important to understand the difference between a food allergy and food intolerance. An allergy involves the body mistakenly believing a source of food is bad for it and raising a defense against the food, while an intolerance means the digestive system cannot process an ingredient. In humans this is common with gluten or lactose.

If it has been determined that your pet's allergic reaction is linked to his diet, investing in a limited-ingredient diet is a great way to determine what causes your pet's allergies.

Research shows the most common ingredients for allergic reaction are: beef, chicken, corn, dairy, fish, lamb, soy, wheat and yeast. But these are also the most common ingredients found in various dog foods.

Limited ingredient diets include fewer components making it easier for pet owners to discover their pet's allergy through process of elimination. Wysong's Archetype™ raw food diet is made up of over 95 percent animal protein, providing your pet a hypoallergenic, nutritious raw food diet.

To learn more about the healthy, natural pet food options available for your pet, visit wysong.net.