As a dog parent, I've been through the challenges and struggles of food sensitivities and intolerances, with not just one dog but two dogs!
Finding suitable dog treats for Kero and Bree used to be an absolute nightmare; fortunately, this is not the case anymore. I have tried many treats and tend to stick to hypoallergenic ones now.
What are hypoallergenic treats for dogs, I hear you ask? Let's take a look.
This blog post explores these treats, explaining what they are along with why dogs become allergic or sensitive to specific ingredients. It shares top tips on what to look for when shopping for high-quality hypoallergenic dog treats and where to buy them. Kero and Bree also share their favourite hypoallergenic treats for dogs.
What are hypoallergenic dog treats?
When used to describe a product, hypoallergenic refers to it being less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
So in the context of hypoallergenic dog treats, it means that the treats are relatively unlikely to cause allergy and intolerance symptoms compared to non-hypoallergenic dog treats.
However, the term hypoallergenic is subjective. Although people generally believe hypoallergenic treats for dogs are less likely to cause a reaction, it isn't guaranteed. Hypoallergenic is a broad term. So one hypoallergenic dog treat might be suitable for one dog but not for another; it's not a one size fits all kind of situation.
Hypoallergenic dog treats can be an excellent option for dogs with food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances. Still, you need to do your homework first. You need to know exactly what foods or ingredients your dog can and cannot eat; your vet can help you with this. Finding this information out is how you will identify the best treats that are hypoallergenic for your dog.
Why do dogs become allergic or sensitive to specific ingredients?
Food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances can appear at any age and in any dog breed. Although your dog may not have one now, that's not to say that they won't ever have one in the future.
One area I would like to discuss is diet. Many dogs eat the same diet day in and day out throughout their lives when you think about it. Eating the same food too much can not only become boring but lead to ingredient overexposure. Overexposure means they have too much of the same thing, making them sensitive to it. So an ingredient your dog has had before could start causing issues. It can cause their immune and digestive systems to react negatively and produce allergy symptoms.
Bear this in mind when feeding your dog and rotate what you feed them. I highly recommend feeding a fresh diet, whether raw or cooked, as it makes it very easy to do this. Feeding fresh is the best way to feed dogs and give them the nutrition and variety they need in their diets.
What to look for in high-quality hypoallergenic dog treats
When dealing with food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances, you must read the ingredients labels on the treats you buy and ensure you look for high-quality ones. Here are some features I recommend looking for in hypoallergenic treats for dogs:
- Single-protein - ideally a meat protein
- Minimal ingredients - bonus if it only contains only one ingredient
- No artificial ingredients or additives
- Novel protein
- No sugar or sweeteners
Where to buy hypoallergenic dog treats
Dogs who struggle with food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances are a significant part of why I started Kero and Bree in the first place. It's a topic that's a massive passion of mine.
I've been through the challenges and struggles of food sensitivities and intolerances. And I've made it my mission to share my experiences and what I've learned along the way and continue to learn in the hope someone else will benefit from it.
As a result, Kero and Bree has become the home of hypoallergenic treats for dogs offering an extensive range to shop. Follow the link below to shop now.
Kero & Bree's favourite hypoallergenic dog treats
Here are just a few of Kero and Bree's most favourite hypoallergenic dog treats:
- Hairy rabbit ears [Best for dogs new to hairy dog treats]
- Natural venison ears [Best for a long-lasting dog chew]
- Pure salmon pate [Best for dog training with high-value treats]
- Pure lamb training treats [Best for dog training with manners minder/treat and train machines]
Does your dog have any favourite hypoallergenic dog treats? Share them in the comments below!
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