Signs of allergies
Does your dog scratch a lot? Does your dog lick and chew his paws? Do his ears smell? Is his skin inflamed, crusty, dry and flaky? Maybe he vomits regularly? Is gassy?
If the answer to any of the above is yes, then it's likely that your dog has allergies.
Common dog allergens are
So how do natural dog treats help with all of this?
Here are the ingredients of a very well known and widely advertised treat that dogs go "a bit mad" for
Cereals; meat and meat by-products from lamb and/or sheep and/or pork, beef and/or poultry; sucrose; palatant; vitamins & minerals; salt; emulsifier; antioxidants; preservatives.
Don't sound that much of a treat really do they?
The primary ingredient is cereal, and yet this is being marketed as a beef treat.
Meat by-product is the remaining part of the animal, once the meat suitable for human consumption is removed. It may include lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, fatty tissue, stomach and intestine. Offal is nutritious, but the by-product is likely to be primarily ground bone and fatty tissue - extremely cheap and very unpleasant.
They even include a palatant - that is something to make it taste more appealing. Let's be honest, it must be gross if they need to make it palatable - we're talking about dogs - they eat bones they buried weeks ago and other dogs poop.
Aside from the questionable list of ingredients, you can't actually know whether you are feeding your dog one of the proteins which they may not tolerate.
Single origin protein treats
The majority of our dog treats are single origin protein.
So if your dog is allergic to beef and chicken for example, you can feed our pork, kangaroo or fish treats knowing that they are all single ingredient and do not include any additives or preservatives.
If your dog can tolerate fish for example, any of our fish treats can be offered without concern.
All of our meat treats are in collections, grouped by the individual protein, to make it easy for you to find what you need. All of our fish treats are in a single collection.
Even when your dog is on an elimination diet, you can still offer a treat. We have wild boar liver treats - this novel protein is not included in any commercial food that we are aware of.
We want to make it easy for you to find the treats you want, so here are our collections of natural dog treats:
Does your dog have an allergy or intolerance? Tell us about it in the comments.