Hypoallergenic dog treats are recommended for dogs with certain food sensitivities or intolerance to certain ingredients. The dog food industry has become more knowledgeable about what ingredients are best for dogs, and dog owners are paying close attention to the ingredients in the dog foods.
Certain dogs have developed allergic reactions to certain foods. If a different food is given and the reaction abates, it is highly likely that the dog is allergic to that food. Dogs have been developing allergies to the common ingredients in dog food. Grains like wheat, corn, soy, and gluten, which is a wheat protein, are plentiful in processed dog food and treats. Over time, with a lot of exposure, some dogs develop allergies to these products.
The dog's digestive system isn't built to break down these foodstuffs properly. Adverse reactions can include itching, diarrhea and vomiting.
Dogs descended from wolves which were carnivores (meat eaters.) However,
due to economical factors, dog food began to be supplemented with grain
fillers, like corn. This made it cheaper to produce.
Just as humans can develop sensitivity to prolonged contact with certain substances, including foods, some dogs develop sensitivity as well. Grain products are widely recognized as causing dog allergies. But chicken, another common dog food ingredient, is also on the list of the most likely ingredients to cause sensitivity and allergic reactions too. Dog food manufacturers are now coming up with new dog foods that are heralded as "raw" and "grain free" that do not include these ingredients.
Chicken is sometimes an allergen too, because it is a common ingredient in dog foods. If a dog is determined to be allergic to chicken, then the vet may suggest a food with lamb, because lamb is not a common ingredient, and dogs haven't been frequently exposed to it, so allergic reactions to lamb are not as common.
Dog treats that are wheat free, gluten free, soy free, and/or corn free are making their way onto pet store shelves to give dogs treats that are easier to digest.
Just as in the grocery store, the terms "wheat free" and "gluten
free" are now applying to dog treats. Gluten is a wheat protein. Wheat
and gluten are common binders used in commercial dog treats. Specialty
brands are now popping up advertising healthier choices, but they do
If your dog really has a sensitivity, and needs hypoallergenic dog treat,. then he or she cannot have any treats with these ingredients. Wheat has been a common ingredient because wheat flour is inexpensive and easy to work with. There are other flours that are considered grain free or gluten free, but you need some experience using them to get dog biscuits to turn out correctly.
The regular grocery store is probably not going to carry these specialty hypoallergenic dog treats, because they tend to be pricier than the general mass produced commercial brands. If you want a bag of treats that are already made, go to a boutique pet store or a dog bakery. Many dog bakeries offer their products online as well.
Here's a recipe for hypoallergenic dog treats:
Yield: using a teaspoon sized cookie scooper, you should get about 2 1/2 dozen dog cookies to enjoy and share.
Magifrost dog treat icing contains no wheat, gluten or dairy. Use it to decorate your special dog treats.
Keep in the refrigerator in a sealed container. They will stay fresh for up to a week. Or store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Celiac disease, also known
as celiac sprue, is a hereditary condition affecting about 1 in 1750
humans. It affects women more frequently than men. Symptoms include
chronic diarrhea, fatigue, and failure to thrive which results because
the small intestine cannot absorb certain essential nutrients.
People with celiac disease have a reaction to the protein found in wheat, barley and rye known as gliadin. Ingestion of gliadin results in the immune system attacking the body's own small intestine tissue leading to inflammation and the small intestine cannot function properly. The only known treatment is a life-long gluten-free diet.
The Irish Setter dog breed has been truly identified with a genetic disposition for celiac disease. This is not to say that other dogs do not develop this condition, but it is rare.
Typically, the condition will manifest in the first 6 months of a puppy's life. (Many commercial pet foods have wheat products and the exposure will trigger the celiac symptoms.) However. the symptoms can be mild and not readily recognized.
Gluten intolerance, (celiac disease), is NOT THE SAME as a wheat or gluten allergy. Again, this type of allergy is also not common.
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