Coping with Allergies
What does hypoallergenic mean?
Hypoallergenic dog food is food that has been developed to decrease the likelihood of a provoking an allergic reaction. Common allergens for dogs include grains (such as wheat and corn), gluten and dairy products, all of which can often be found in regular dog foods. Commercial dry kibble can have a particularly high percentage of grain-based fillers.
If a dog is allergic to or intolerant of something in their food, they may display some or all of the following symptoms: vomiting, diarrhoea, skin rashes, itching and behavioural changes (such as biting their paws or excessive licking).
Most of the time, hypoallergenic foods simply exclude any problematic ingredients from their recipes, but it’s always worth checking the recipe list for anything that doesn’t agree with your dog. Dogs can also be allergic or intolerant of different meat types including poultry, beef, lamb and fish. Most “hypoallergenic” dog foods will still contain meat, so be wary of any dog food that claims to be fully hypoallergenic.
At Butternut Box our meals are free from any known allergens*. They are cooked by hand in small batches every week using wholesome, natural ingredients. Our meat is sourced from within the UK and is both fresh and human-grade. We pride ourselves on being completely transparent about what goes into our food - we publish our complete recipes here and are always happy to chat about them if you have any questions about our ingredients. As our boxes are completely bespoke, you’ll be able to exclude a particular recipe from your tailor-made plan if you know your dog is allergic to a specific protein/meat type.
*our food is free from grain, wheat, gluten, corn, dairy, lactose, soy, sugar, salt and egg. Please get in touch with our Customer Love team if you need any specific advice about allergies.