Dogs can be allergic to certain foods, just like people. Though some breeds (like golden retrievers and boxers) are more prone to allergic reactions, all breeds are susceptible. Fortunately, many pet food brands have developed dog foods for allergies. They typically fall into one of two categories:
- Hypoallergenic: Formulated with hydrolyzed proteins (which means the protein is chemically broken down into minuscule parts) to make it harder for the immune system to identify and react to the potential allergen. It sometimes takes a vet visit and a prescription to obtain hypoallergenic foods.
- Limited ingredient: Contains far fewer ingredients than traditional dog food, so it’s easier to figure out which ingredients cause your dog’s allergies. This is where most pet owners start, especially if the allergy is a new development.