A dog is man's best friend and a best friend deserves the best. \u00a0Not all dogs can digest the big name dog food brands. \u00a0It can cause them discomfort or other symptoms that aren't good for them. \u00a0The solution to foods that hurt your dog in some way may be taking a look at hypoallergenic dog foods.\n\nHypoallergenic dog foods are meant to be better for you dog's natural digestion system and help to address a food allergy if there is one. \u00a0Hypoallergenic food is designed to have one of three things: limited ingredients, novel ingredients, or a veterinary diet.\n\nLimited ingredient foods allow you to find the exact allergen that your dog may be allergic to. \u00a0For example, you may find your dog is allergic to lamb, rice, wheat, or some other ingredient in dog food.\n\nNovel ingredient foods are made with ingredients that your dog may have not eaten before so they are less likely to be sensitive to the food.\n\nVeterinary diet foods are designed to have hypoallergenic ingredients. \u00a0These are normally recommended by the vet because this is what will be best for your dog.\n\nWhichever option you choose hypoallergenic food is meant to help your dog's digestive system. \u00a0A dog's digestive system is designed to break down raw proteins and some vegetables. \u00a0Big name dog food brands, both wet and dry, sometimes forget that and fill their foods with ingredients that may disrupt the digestive system.\n\nThese kind of ingredients can include corn, wheat, dairy, soy, and other grains. \u00a0The ingredients are hard for a dog to digest. \u00a0So what we perceive as an allergy is nothing more than a reaction to not being able to digest large amounts of a certain ingredient that is found in their food.\n\nRather than using ingredients that dogs find it hard to digest hypoallergenic dog foods use other sources. \u00a0For protein it is typical to use venison, duck, rabbit, and salmon rather than chicken, lamb, or pork. \u00a0Brown rice is also used rather than corn, wheat, dairy, and soy.\n\nIt is important to note that hypoallergenic dog foods is a type of diet for dogs. \u00a0it is no to be confused with organic or natural dog foods. \u00a0Those can be made from the same ingredients like chicken, lamb, corn, wheat. \u00a0Instead those ingredients are natural or organic.\n\nSo why are dogs allergic to their food? \u00a0To start there is a difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance. \u00a0These can be distinguished by the dog's symptoms.\n\nFood allergies are caused by an immune system response. \u00a0When a certain ingredient enters the body the immune thinks that ingredient is harmful even when it's not. \u00a0In response, the immune system creates antibodies to fight the harmful enemy, or the food.\n\nThe immune system response can be physically expressed through skin rashes, hives, itching, paw biting, or obsessive licking. \u00a0Sometimes nausea and vomiting can happen, but that is more common with a food intolerance.\n\nA food intolerance effects the digestive system. \u00a0Rather than triggering the immune system the digestive system is triggered. \u00a0The dog is unable to digest a certain ingredient and it can cause discomfort.\n\nThe signs for food intolerance is digestive distress. \u00a0The dog may experience bloating, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.\nHypoallergenic Dog Food Brands\nLimited and Novel Ingredients\n\nNutro Adult Small Bites Limited Ingredient Diet Lamb and Rice Recipe\n\n\n\nSmall kibble pieces make it easier for dogs to chew. \u00a0Made with Australian and New Zealand lamb and whole brown rice it can help to reduce the chance of food sensitivity and digestive problems. \u00a0Nutro is packed full of vitamins and antioxidants to help get a healthy coat and a better immune system.\n\nMerrick Limited Ingredient Diet Real Chicken Dry Dog Food\n\n\n\nMerrick contains real chicken for important amino acids and protein. \u00a0Merrick does not contain grain, corn, soy, or gluten which are common allergen ingredients. \u00a0This formula provides a complete and balanced nutrition.\n\nZignature Whitefish\u00a0Formula\n\n\n\nZignature provides the best whitefish formula for your dog and their sensitive digestive system. \u00a0The whitefish formula is low sodium and an amazing source of protein. \u00a0It also has heart-friendly Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamins B6 and B12, and many other important nutrients for your dog.\n\nNatural Balance L.I.D Dog Food, Lamb Meal and Brown Rice Formula\n\n\n\nFormulated for large breed dogs from their puppy days to their adult time. \u00a0Kibble are larger pieces to help dogs eat slower and properly chew their foods. \u00a0Not only that, but the design of the kibble helps to clean your dog's teeth and help to promote healthy gums. \u00a0There is no artificial flavors or colors. \u00a0None of the ingredients are bleached and you can expect to see a healthy coat and skin on your dog.\n\nOnly Natural Pet Canine PowerFood Wild Feast\n\n\n\nOnly Natural uses the most essential natural ingredients in your dog's food. \u00a0Ingredients such as high quality meats, low glycemic carbohydrates, healthy oils, and real fruit and vegetables. \u00a0There is no added grains.\n\nVeterinary Diet\n\nHill's Prescription Diet: z\/d Skin\/Food Sensitivities Dog Food\n\n\n\nHill's Prescription diet alleviates allergic reactions to food. \u00a0It can help to eliminate the causes of itching and scratching. \u00a0The main ingredients include allergen-free hydrolyzed proteins and fatty acids. \u00a0The results are healthy skin and coat and a healthy immune system.\n\nHill's Prescription Diet i\/d Dog Food, Dry, Gastrointestinal Health\n\n\n\nI\/D is filled with optimal nutrients to ensure healthy digestion. \u00a0It is highly digestible to enhance the absorption of nutrients and contains mixed fiber to help gastrointestinal health. \u00a0It is also formulated to meat the unique nutritional needs of puppies.\n\nHill's Prescription Diet d\/d Dog Food, Canine Skin Support, Potato and Duck Formula\n\n\n\nD\/D can help to sooth itchy and scratchy skin. \u00a0It is filled with high levels of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids that help the immune system. \u00a0Fish oil is added to eliminate a need for supplementing. \u00a0The single animal protein and single carbohydrate help to avoid common food allergens.\n\nIams Veterinary Adult Intestinal Plus Low-Residue Dry Dog Food\n\n\n\nIams Formula provides a blend of high quality fiber, protein, and fat sources to help strengthen the intestine and make digestion easier.\n\nRoyal Canin Veterinary Diet Satiety Support Dry Dog Food\n\n\n\nRoyal Canin helps in healthy weight loss for dogs. \u00a0Feeding your dog less of what they normally eat can sometimes lead to deficiencies. \u00a0Royal Canin takes that risk away by providing a healthy, balanced, calorie controlled diet. \u00a0It is high in fiber and protein. \u00a0It has been used as a part of a vet's supervised weight reduction program.