Best Dog Food For Sensitive Skin: What Is Best?
The question arises whether it’s better to have a dog that is allergic or sensitive to certain foods, or if it would be better to feed him a diet free from allergens altogether. There are many reasons why one might want to do either of these things. One reason may be because there are some dogs whose bodies cannot tolerate certain types of food, but they still enjoy eating other kinds of food just fine. Another reason may be because the dog has a genetic predisposition to develop allergies or sensitivities. A third reason could be due to environmental factors such as being raised in a home where certain foods were never cooked at all, or even living in an area where allergen exposure was high.
If your dog is allergic to peanuts, for example, then you probably don’t want him eating peanut butter sandwiches! If your dog has a sensitivity to eggs, then you probably don’t want him eating egg salad sandwiches! These examples are extreme cases, but they illustrate the point that there are many different situations in which a dog may react differently to various foods than another dog.
So what does this mean for us?
Well, first of all we need to decide how much risk our pet will be exposed to from each type of food. Let’s say that we are feeding our pet a home-made diet of fresh organic vegetables and meats. If we know that our dog has a sensitivity to some of the vegetables, then we may want to stay away from those types and choose others instead. This way we will greatly reduce the risk of him developing an allergic reaction or other types of digestive issues from them.
What about processed foods?
Now let’s say that we are feeding our dog a grain-free, carbohydrate-free dry dog food. We know that the grains that they use in this type of food are very easy to digest and don’t cause any allergic reactions. However, we also know that in some cases these same grains can be hard on the stomachs of some dogs and cause them to develop an intolerance over time. Not all dogs have this problem, which is why some dogs can eat the same food every day for years and be perfectly healthy, but some just can’t tolerate it.
Whether your dog can or cannot tolerate certain grains is something you’ll have to decide. I would first of all recommend trying a grain free diet though, because there are many benefits to these types of foods that you won’t get from a processed food with grains in it.
But if your dog ends up developing an intolerance over time to the grain free food you’re feeding him, then you may have to switch him over to a food that contains grains since it’s something he can tolerate. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t still cook homemade meals for him as well to help keep things interesting! Just don’t go crazy with the garlic and onions in his diet if he already has a stomach sensitivity.
There is such a thing as too much of a good thing after all.
As you can see there are a lot of factors that come into play here, but if you take it step by step and keep a open mind, I’m sure that you will be able to find a diet plan that works for both you and your dog.
You’ll also want to make sure that you’re feeding your dog plenty of fresh water each day. If he eats dry food, then you’ll need to be sure to provide him with a fresh bowl of water daily. However, if you feed him canned or moistened food, then he shouldn’t really be having a water bowl at all since most of these types of foods already contain a high amount of water in them.
This is very important for several reasons.
1. You don’t want your dog drinking out of the toilet, which is something they tend to like to do.
2. Most dogs don’t really drink enough water on a daily basis, so this can lead to all kinds of health problems down the road.
3. Giving your dog fresh water each day is much better than spoiling him with ice cubes or drinking water since most of these contain high amounts of chemicals that can be harmful over time.
Many people believe that ice is cleaner than regular tap water, which is completely untrue. The chemicals in tap water are not put in until it reaches the local water plant, so having ice in your drinks isn’t going to make them any more harmful than drinking from the faucet.
No matter what diet you decide to feed your dog, you’ll want to make sure that he drinks a lot of water each day. This will keep his digestive system working properly and help to flush out any toxins he may have ingested.
In the next section, I am going to explain some of the most common types of dog food and what the benefits and drawbacks are for each type.
Find Out What Type Of Dog Food Is Best For Your Pooch!
When it comes to choosing what type of food to feed your dog, you really need to take a number of things into consideration. Not every diet is right for every dog, just like people they have different needs and tolerance levels. The brand that works for your neighbor’s dog may not be right for yours at all.
This is the reason why I am going to be talk about some of the more popular types of food in this section and what they entail. Hopefully this will give you a better idea of what your dog likes and whether or not it agrees with their system.
So let’s get started.
When most people think of commercial dog food, this is what they’re referring to. These are the foods that come in little brown bags (or blue or green depending on the brand) and they usually have a picture of a chicken or a lamb on the front of the package.
This type of food is usually rather hard and most brands require that you add water before feeding it to your dog. The reason for this is to help soften the food and help your dog digest it more easily since their systems are used to softer foods.
Most dogs really like this type of food since it tastes like human food and they tend to eat it rather quickly, which may be a problem since many vets believe that this is one of the reasons that dogs tend to gain too much weight.
Kibble food tends to be rather expensive, but they usually have a long expiration date and don’t spoil if kept sealed properly, so you won’t need to purchase as much at one time.
Some of the more popular (and cheaper) kibble foods are:
People tend to either love or hate Science Diet and I fall into the latter group. I had a customer once tell me that she fed this to her dogs and they all loved it and never had any problems with it. Personally, I doubt this due to the fact that none of the Science Diet foods have meat as the first ingredient and they’re all loaded with grains and fillers.
On top of that, many dogs have numerous allergy problems to this brand.
A better choice in my opinion is Iams. This food has slightly more meat products in it and is a lot better in terms of quality. Many dogs do well on this food with no ill effects.
Another fairly decent food is Eukanuba, though I see a lot of dogs having problems with it. The main problem seems to be gas and stomach related issues, but once again your dog may have different reactions to the food than others.
However, if your dog has a skin allergy, this is usually one of the foods that will be recommended by most vets.
Now I’m going to share with you what I consider to be the best food out there. It’s cost is a little higher than most, but in my opinion it’s worth every penny. Most dogs have no problems with this brand and they seem to really like the taste.
I haven’t had a single customer complain about it and the ones that I have bought it for my dogs, never went back to eating the other foods again. The name of the food is EVO. It comes in little brown tubs and has a picture of a wolf on the label.
Now there is another type of food that you will find in pet stores these days. They are called dehydrated foods. This type of food is also known as “BARF” which stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food or Bones And Raw Food.
This food consists of ground up raw meat, bone, organ and other parts of butchered animals. These types of foods have been growing more and more popular over the years in North America. Not all dogs thrive on this diet, but it has been known to cure many dog allergies and skin problems.
So you see, there are many factors to be considered here and a lot of research needs to be done in order to find the best diet for your dog. You may or may not agree with some of the things I have said in this article, but I think it’s important that you do YOUR OWN RESEARCH on the various dog foods out there before deciding what to feed your dog.
If you really want to provide the best for your dog and are willing to spend the extra money on these superior foods then please do not hesitate to do so. Your dog will love you for it. If you do not think you can afford it however, that’s fine too.
Just make sure you are feeding your dog a high quality food and if money is really tight, consider getting multiple smaller bags of food instead of one big bag.
As for treats, I do not suggest feeding your dog any of the human foods that you may find tasty. Even if you think it’s a good treat for your dog, it may very well have the opposite effect and cause stomach problems. If you are going to give your dog a treat, then make it something specialized that is made for dogs.
You can also try making homemade dog treats. A quick internet search will give you hundreds of recipes that you can try out. It’s actually quite fun and your dog will definitely appreciate the extra effort.
Just make sure the treats are in small pieces so they don’t cause choking hazards.
Be sure to brush your dog’s teeth at least once a week and get their teeth cleaned every six months to stop tarter build up. Also, be sure to take your dog in for a check up every once in awhile.
Well I think that about covers the basics of owning a dog. Like I said before, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me or look it up yourself online. I wish you the best of luck and hope you have a long and fun relationship with your new companion for years to come.
Good Luck and Be Well !
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- Ingredients: where pet food starts (A Thompson – Topics in companion animal medicine, 2008 – Elsevier)
- An initial lexicon for sensory properties of dry dog food (B Di Donfrancesco, K Koppel… – Journal of Sensory …, 2012 – Wiley Online Library)
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