The Bottom Line
Keeping in mind this picture of the ideal dog food, here are seven characteristics you may wish to look for when shopping for a good dog food…
- Higher in quality meat-based protein
- Higher in natural fats and oils
- Lower in carbohydrates
- Formulated from a named (non-generic) animal source
- Free of animal or vegetable by-products
- Free of artificial flavoring, coloring or preservatives
- Complete in all essential vitamins and minerals
At a Glance
Some of the breeds most prone to food allergies include: Boxer, Cocker Spaniel, Springer Spaniel, Collie, Dalmatian, German Shepherd, Lhasa Apso, Miniature Schnauzer, Retriever, Shar Pei, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, Dachshund, and West Highland White Terrier
Most common food allergens include: beef, dairy, and wheat.
Least common food allergens are fish and rabbit.
General signs and symptoms of allergies include: dry itchy skin, excessive scratching or licking, bald patches, a high frequency of hot spots, ear infections, skin infections, diarrhea, and vomiting.- See more at: http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/food-allergies-101/15131#sthash.dTzfLuEB.dpuf
Compared to the typical kibble or canned food, the best grain free recipes contain more meat based protein as well as easy-to-digest animal fats.
And usually fewer carbohydrates, too.
Not only are grains like corn and wheat a frequent cause of canine allergies1they can also be more difficult for a dog to digest.
For a dog food, what could contain more protein than whole meat?
Well, surprisingly… in commercial dog food… a high grade meat meal can actually be a better source of digestible protein… than the whole meat from which it was made.