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Category: Dog Food for Skin Allergies

Dog foods for skin allergies are designed to minimize potential allergens, support skin health, and reduce inflammation. These foods typically include several key features:

Limited Ingredient Diets (LID)

These diets contain a minimal number of ingredients to reduce the risk of exposure to allergens. They often feature a single protein source and a limited number of carbohydrate sources.

Novel Proteins

Novel proteins are those that your dog has not been commonly exposed to, reducing the chance of an allergic reaction. Examples include duck, venison, bison, kangaroo, and rabbit.

Hydrolyzed Proteins

Hydrolyzed proteins are broken down into smaller fragments, making them less likely to trigger an allergic response. This process can help dogs with severe allergies to more common protein sources.  Most hydrolyzed diets require a prescription so we don’t have them on this website.

Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids

These essential fatty acids, often sourced from fish oil or flaxseed, support skin health by reducing inflammation, maintaining skin barrier function, and promoting a healthy coat.

Antioxidants

Ingredients like vitamins E and C, as well as selenium and zinc, help combat oxidative stress and support immune function, contributing to overall skin health.

Probiotics and Prebiotics

These support a healthy gut microbiome, which can positively affect the immune system and skin health. A balanced gut can help reduce allergic reactions.

High-Quality, Easily Digestible Ingredients

High-quality proteins and carbohydrates that are easy to digest can reduce the strain on a dog’s digestive system, which can help minimize allergic reactions and improve nutrient absorption.

Skin and Coat Support Nutrients

Ingredients like biotin, zinc, and amino acids (such as methionine and cysteine) are included to support the health and integrity of the skin and coat.

By addressing these specific dietary needs, dog foods for skin allergies can help manage and reduce symptoms such as itching, redness, and inflammation, ultimately promoting healthier skin and a shinier coat. Always consult with a veterinarian to determine the most appropriate diet for your dog’s specific allergy needs.