Since 1989 we have offered, what we believe, is the best dog food. for small dogs with allergies.
We believe it is the best because:
~We only use human grade ingredients in all our formulas. No additives, no processed food, strictly real natural food.
~Our food does not get contaminated. Since we do not use meat or dairy in our formulas our food is the safest for your pets to eat.
~Fresh food. Each order of California Gold Small Dog Pet Food is bagged individually, manually-- we do not store bags to ship later.
~Limited Ingredients. With few ingredients, allergies to different foods are less likely.
In addition to acquiring the best dog food for dogs with allergies, let's see how the allergies are developed and try to assist in their relief.
Allergies are a major concern for small dog owners. Allergies will typically fall under food allergies or environmental allergies. In the environment allergies to grass (lawns, etc) can be common; pesticides and other toxins can be factors, yet fleas (as well as other insects) are a major dog allergy. Many times the allergies are hard to pinpoint as they could be multiple including "hereditary". Because of over-breeding or breeding dogs with known health issues, a puppy could already have allergy issues.
Without an extensive budget for allergy tests, an owner needs to have a lot of patience and start methodically, tackling eitheir the food or the environment first. Using non-toxic remedies for skin soothing, flea prevention are very useful. For example, bathing the pup in room temperature water, mild shampoo or tea-tree oil based shampoo is essential as well as treating the skin with the tea-tree oil after the bath. Grooming it with a flea comb (it is specific) and eliminating fleas in all the house and yard is imperative in eliminating small dog allergies.
Dog food allergies produce mostly skin allergies and can be a worrisome issue for the owners too. So many dogs are suffering health issues from poor nutrition; and no wonder, most commercial dog food contains a multitude of unhealthy and skin allergy-causing ingredients.
For example, if your pup is itching it could very well be a dog food allergy--the diet/food it is eating. Other factors could be environmental and genetic. However, It is very clear, based on several sources, that the main dog food allergies were 1) Beef, 2) Diary, 3) Wheat. Soy and Corn are also on the list.
According to Wikipedia, "food allergies account for about 10% of all the allergies seen in dogs, being the most common cause after flea bite allergies and atopy (inhalant allergies). Food allergies generally account for 20% of the causes of itching and scratching in dogs". So, if you have eliminated fleas on and off the dog, it is a good probabality dog food allergies are present if it is showing symptoms.
The most recent fad of "grain-free" dog food is a sign that dog owners are aware that grain could be a cause of their dog's food sensitivity; but the truth is that not all grain is on the list of allergens. If you suspect dog food allergies, do not assume it is the grain.