Dog Food Secrets: How To Stop Dog Food Allergy Problems And Double Your Dog’s Lifespan
Can your dog be allergic to his food?
The most common causes of canine food allergies are caused by these ingredients which include meat by-products, corn, yeast, vending, sugar, and chemical preservatives. They are often responsible for allergic reactions. Dogs suffering from food allergies will experience reactions such as itchy skin, watery eyes, ear infections, flatulence, irritated anal glands (running from the bottom on the mat), rashes, hot spots, and excessive body licking, especially around of the feet and the belly. Repeated exposure to large amounts of allergens in food can cause long-term chronic illnesses, infections, and behavior problems.
How to know if your dog’s food may be causing allergies
If you suspect that your dog’s food may give him allergies, you can try feeding him a special diet to determine what is causing him problems. The diet consists of scientifically created foods with very low molecular weight proteins. Proteins below a certain molecular weight are believed to be incapable of causing food allergies. You can find this food, in wet and dry formulas, online and at many veterinary offices. If after six weeks of feeding this special diet, you find that your dog’s allergy symptoms are alleviating, it is safe to assume that his food is the cause of these symptoms. To determine which ingredient is the culprit (usually by-products from meat and poultry sources), reinforce each of them in the diet to see if your dog’s symptoms reappear. Check the ingredient list on the regular label of your dog food and add each item: chicken, turkey, corn, bulgur, potato or rice, for example, on the special diet one at a time, every three weeks. At each meal, add ten percent of the test food to the bowl and reduce the special diet by ten percent. You obviously won’t be testing the chemicals, but you can remove quite a few ingredients once you’ve determined which ones caused the allergy. If your dog doesn’t react to the added ingredients, a chemical or by-product is likely the culprit, which you’ll want to eliminate, along with corn, wheat, sugar, and salt from your dog’s diet, indefinitely. However, don’t be surprised if you find that various ingredients cause a reaction. Once you’ve discovered allergens, look for high-quality dog foods that don’t contain these ingredients. Your dog may find an allergy-free or vet-recommended diet to be bland, but a bland diet is better than a miserable dog! While you’re drinking lots of water, don’t be alarmed that you don’t drink it right away. When he’s hungry enough, he’ll venture into the new finger food. Over time, she’ll adjust to her new diet, especially if you make up for it with delicious, allergy-free treats!
High in sugar
In addition to causing food allergies, a high-sugar diet also affects your dog’s mood, energy, and hunger levels. A sugar rush can make a dog hyper and unfocused, and a dog must be focused to learn. Many owners mistake their dogs for bad manners and uncooperative when, in fact, their behavior may be related to food.
Many dog foods contain unnecessary chemical preservatives, such as butylated hudroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), and ethoxyquin. Although human food also contains BHA and BHT, we consume much less than a dog in its average 15-year lifespan. Large manufacturers often use chemical preservatives in large doses because their products are manufactured in large quantities and distributed throughout the world, often remaining for long periods of time on store shelves or in warehouses where extreme temperatures can alter the product quality.
Dog foods that contain a natural preservative alternative like vitamin E do not keep for long. That’s why all-natural pet food manufacturers produce smaller quantities so their products are more likely to stay fresh until they are sold. Canned dog food with mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) generally has a shelf life of about six months, so use this type of dog food right away. If you are looking for a new food for your dog, visit a pet food store and ask the clerk to recommend a food that does not contain the ingredients mentioned in this article.
Less expensive dog foods generally include less meat and more animal by-products and grain fillings. So, as you can see, commercially prepared processed dog food contains a lot of undesirable substances and strong chemicals that will cause a lot of health problems for your dog if fed for a long period of time.
So, technically yes! You can extend your dog’s lifespan and sometimes even double its lifespan by learning about canine nutrition and educating yourself on what is actually in a can of dog food or pet food. There are many records that have shown that a dog can live much longer if we feed it the food that it should eat in its natural environment.