Dogs are just like people when it comes to food, and can suffer from a range of allergic reactions which can in extreme cases result in death. Hypoallergenic dog foods sold on eBay are designed specifically to limit the likelihood of allergic reactions occurring. But again just like in humans there are a great many different ingredients that can be responsible for the allergic reaction and these vary between the individual dogs.
On eBay dog owners can find a range of different hypoallergenic food products for their pets and these are produced in line with veterinarian advice to limit the ingredients, especially those derived from beef, which is responsible for most such negative reactions.
Diets containing limited ingredients are recommended for dogs which may be suffering from common allergic food reactions and are often sourced from duck, sweet potato and venison. These constitute novel ingredients, available from eBay, and there are also special hypoallergenic recipes available, or combinations of all three of these:
- Novel ingredients
- Hypoallergenic recipes
- Limited ingredients
Types of Hypoallergenic Dog Food
The main reason for using limited ingredient dog foods is to try and pin down the actual cause of the allergic reaction. By trying out different types of dog foods containing various combinations of limited ingredients, the specific allergen responsible for the negative reaction can be isolated and so avoided in future feeding regimes.
With novel ingredient dog foods, there are elements in these that are so unusual to regular dog diets that they will not in effect be registered in the dog’s immune system’s memory. Immune reactions involve some previous exposure to the allergen, and so the relatively obscure products that make up the ingredients of such foods will not be able to cause a reaction in the majority of cases.
Hypoallergenic dog food treats combine the merits of both the above approaches to create recipes that avoid all ingredients likely to result in an allergic reaction of some description. Many of the ingredients that are commonly found in dog foods may be responsible for allergic reactions, and this is particularly the case with beef products and with products that have been contaminated by outside sources. These avoided ingredients usually include:
Strangely enough, dogs are not naturally allergic to any of these specific ingredients, but they are the ones that are most often used in the recipes for dog foods in stores and on eBay, and therefore the ingredients that dogs are usually most often exposed to.
Hypoallergenic Dog Foods
Some experts consider limited ingredient and novel foods to be not truly hypoallergenic. For them, purely hypoallergenic dog foods include pet food that has been hydrolysed. With such foods, the protein constituents have been ground up to such an extent that when detected by the immune system an allergic reaction is not forthcoming as the threat is not considered to be serious enough.
These foods on eBay are an ideal treatment for dogs that have a reaction to protein ingredients in their food. They additionally contain only a few other ingredients such as carbohydrates, which are most unlikely to stimulate the immune response and so owners of especially sensitive pets are usually directed to these foods.
As in humans, a particular treatment as found on eBay will not work with all patients passing through a vet’s doors. However, vets do say that the use of hydrolysed food products greatly helps when it comes to dealing with the diagnosis and management of tricky food allergies. Novel and limited ingredient foods are then useful as a backup.
Why Dog Foods May Not be Responsible for the Allergy
It should be borne in mind by owners that dog food is very often not the cause of an allergy in dogs. Food in fact accounts for rather less than 10 per cent of all dog allergies, with non-contact or atopic allergies and fleas being much more likely to induce allergic reactions. But when a dog shows signs of something like itchy skin it is usual to suspect its diet.
Allergy and Intolerance
Food intolerance and food allergies are two quite separate matters.
An allergic reaction takes place because the immune system of the dog identifies, mistakenly, a particular ingredient of the food as being harmful. Antibodies are then released to combat it, inducing the physical reaction.
Food intolerance is a problem of the digestive system, where the system is not able to properly digest a food ingredient and in effect rejects it. Lactose intolerance is for example perfectly common in dogs, and it is not an allergic reaction.
Conditions and Symptoms
There are a number of different symptoms associated with allergies, from skin hives, rash and itching to obsessive licking, paw biting and less commonly vomiting or nausea.
Food intolerance, on the other hand, will usually have signs that include the likes of bloating, nausea, gas, diarrhoea, vomiting and general distress to the digestive system of the type that is also seen in humans having the same problems with food intolerance or food poisoning.
In the case of milk, for example, intolerance to this would have all the signs of gastric distress, such as bloating and gas. On the other hand, if the dog has milk allergy it will exhibit a genuine immune reaction whose outward signs will be a rash or itching.
How to Buy Hypoallergenic Dog Food on eBay
For owners who suspect that their dog may be suffering from some form of food allergy rather than intolerance, eBay offers a range of suitable hypoallergenic dog foods to try out. For anyone new to these products, the easiest way of finding out about them is to browse the appropriate areas of the eBay site and see what is on offer there.
Visit eBay and locate the drop-down menu of major categories which is displayed at the top of the screen. Select Pet supplies and a list of sub-categories will then open up. Next, go to Dogs and click on Food/Treats. This will then direct you to a full listing of the different types of dog food available on the site.
In the side bar to the left of the eBay page there are a number of secondary search terms that are useful in narrowing down the search. Alternatively, to go straight to the listings of only hypoallergenic dog foods on eBay, type that phrase into the search box at the top. Take a look at the Search Tips page to get more tips on how to locate the specific items you may be looking for.
A dog is a complexanimal and should be looked after as if it were a human member of the family. Dogs are subject to many of the ailments that afflict humans and their diet is just as important to their health and well-being as is our own.
The various types of hypoallergenic dog foods which are available on eBay can help address a range of food allergies and intolerances in dogs. The majority of vets recommend that dogs that have potential food allergies should not be fed common products such as beef, lamb or chicken and instead receive a diet containing limited numbers of ingredients and/or unusual ingredients to isolate the cause of the reaction and then take appropriate action to address it.
Dogs that are allergic to protein per se will probably react badly to any food type they are given and in such cases a vet will need to be consulted. However, in the vast majority of cases simply experimenting with different limited ingredient dog foods bought on eBay will be an effective means of dealing with the issue.
When buying hypoallergenic dog foods on eBay, the product should have been recommended by the manufacturer as being appropriate for consumption by dogs that have a suspected food intolerance or food allergy. These ingredients are not suitable as a part of the normal, healthy diet of dogs that do not have such symptoms. They are normally purchased either to isolate the ingredient that is the cause of the allergic reaction or to supply a diet that avoids triggering one.
It is especially important to scrutinise the label when selecting food for any dog that has displayed a negative reaction in the past. As you grow familiar with the ingredients that cause the reaction or reactions, it becomes easier to spot the appropriate dog food to give the animal. The main ingredients are identified at the top of the list in most cases, but the devil may lie in the more obscure ingredients further down.
It pays to experiment when buying dog food on eBay or from anywhere else, and to observe the dog’s general state of health following different kinds of meals. Dogs may not be able to express themselves verbally but they use a variety of sign language and behavioural traits from which their state of mental and physical well-being can usually be deduced fairly easily.