Hypoallergenic puppy food has become more in demand than ever before. Unfortunately, puppies are just as prone to food allergies and sensitivities as large dogs. Unlike large dogs, however, a puppy’s system is impacted far more. That’s why it’s extremely important to get your little guy or girl on a hypoallergenic puppy food as soon as you know it’s needed.
Hypoallergenic Puppy Food – If You Need it, Get It
If you have a puppy with food sensitivities or allergies, it’s important to address them as soon as possible. Whereas a fully grown dog will just feel crappy from its GI upset, a puppy with GI upset can have dire consequences. For example, when an adult dog doesn’t eat due to gastric upset, it’s not a dire emergency. When a puppy doesn’t eat for too long a period, it whacks out their blood sugar and can lead to hospitalization. It’s nothing to take lightly. That’s why I’ve provided a list of some of the best manufacturers of hypoallergenic puppy food. Unfortunately, there isn’t a huge selection when it comes to hypoallergenic puppy food. =(
As I said in my previous article on hypoallergenic dry dog food, Blue Buffalo is an up and comer in specialty diets. I’m so happy they are offering hypoallergenic puppy food now. Unfortunately, they only offer one variety at the moment, but I’m hoping that changes. You can currently get Turkey & Potato from them.
Nutro is a company that I have no personal experience with but that I’ve heard rave reviews about from clients. Unfortunately, they only offer one option as well. Currently you can only get one hypoallergenic puppy food formula from them – Lamb & Whole Brown Rice.
Aaannnddd that’s it. I know. It’s a pretty abysmal list. At least there are two options, though, and I’m confident that as demand for hypoallergenic puppy food increases, so will the varieties. The good news is that if neither of these work for your puppy, it can be fed adult hypoallergenic food. While it’s not ideal, it’s better than the alternative.
If your puppy is exhibiting nausea, vomiting; diarrhea; excessive licking, scratching, or chewing; or chronic ear infections, take it to the vet immediately. Chances are, it has a food sensitivity or allergy, and the sooner it’s addressed the better for your pup. Hopefully, one of these hypoallergenic puppy food choices will be the answer. If not, don’t panic. Your vet will guide you towards the best adult hypoallergenic diet for your pup.
Did you feed your dog a hypoallergenic puppy food? Tell us about it in the comments.