Dog Treat Alternatives For Your Allergy Ridden Pup
Your pup has been scratching, itching, biting and just won’t stop. Believe it or not, this could be a sign of allergies. Allergies aren’t just in humans, but are also common in our four-legged friends.
Food allergies happen when your dog’s immune system thinks a particular food or ingredient is harmful to their system. In response, their body goes into defence mode, and creates antibodies that will fight the so-called harmful food.
Knowing what your canine friend is allergic to is key and helps prevent them from being uncomfortable or ill. Some common allergies are as follows:
Unfortunately, a lot of dog food and treats contain these ingredients and can put restrictions on what your dog eats. But don’t fret, here are a few solutions to give your pooch tasty, yet hypo-allergenic eats!
Just like a home-cooked meal, homemade treats are healthier and tastier. According to research, many dog treats sold in stores contain saturated fats, chemicals and preservatives that can not only harm your pup but can also affect their behavior negatively.
By whipping up your own treats, it will give you peace of mind knowing what your treats contain.
Prescription or Veterinary Dog Foods
Another alternative is taking your pup to the vet for an allergy test, blood work, and implementing an elimination diet for a proper allergy diagnosis. Self-diagnosing and randomly pulling ingredients from your dogs diet without the input of your vet is not advised and may result in an unbalanced diet.
Once your pooch has been diagnosed, your vet will then prescribe them food and will monitor the effects the diet has on your dog.
However, homemade treats are great, but may take more time than you have on your hands, and prescription meals can add up and become very costly. So now you’re left asking yourself what’s quick, healthy, but doesn’t break the bank?
Two words: Novel Ingredients!
Giving your dogs food and treats containing novel ingredients that they have not previously been exposed to- such as buffalo, pheasant, or kangaroo – will least likely make them sensitive to what they are eating.
In particular, Pet Snacks free-range Kangaroo treats are a perfect alternative for your allergy-ridden dog. High in protein but low in fat, many vets recommend kangaroo meat as alternative dog treats, as they are known to be hypo-allergenic and safe for many dogs.
We get countless emails from dog owners telling us how Roo Treats have done amazing things for their fur kids: