Food Allergy and Intolerance

by Sarah, a vet from our Black Hawk team. Published 17 September 2016

Food Allergy and Intolerance

Food allergies and intolerances are a common cause of adverse food reactions in dogs.

Dogs may show:

  • Skin signs such as itching, ear disease, hair loss and rashes
  • Digestive signs such as vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Both skin and/or digestive signs

The ancestral dog did not eat a lot of carbohydrates and those that they did eat were vegetables, fruits and food remnants in their prey’s digestive tract. Feeding a grain-free dry dog food will reduce the symptoms of allergies and intolerances in some dogs.

The most common causes of adverse food reactions in dogs are proteins and carbohydrates such as:

Beef, Lamb, Chicken, Wheat, Corn, Soy, Dairy, Egg

Gluten induced enteropathy (GIE) is a condition that leads to intestinal inflammation and poor absorption of nutrients from the digestive tract. Gluten is a protein found in some grains and is especially high in wheat. GIE is known to be a genetically linked intolerance and has been widely studied in Red Setters but is also suspected to occur in other breeds.

Removing grains from your dog’s diet removes two possible sources of allergies - grains, and gluten.

Our diets also contain limited numbers of protein sources (1-2 sources per flavour) meaning it’s easy to know if something your dog is allergic to is present in our food. To top this off, our formulas are fixed. Other foods may shift their recipe depending on what is in season or cheap to source at that time.

What does this all mean? With the ranges of different flavours offered through Black Hawk, you’re quite likely to find a flavour that your pet won’t suffer allergies from. Most importantly, once you find a flavour that works for your pet, you can rely on it staying the same. This is because at Black Hawk, we really care about helping pets. Hence our phrase Every ingredient matters that you’ll see on our products.

Talk to your vet if you have concerns about allergies and intolerances.

Tags: Dog, Nutrition, Ingredients

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