Food & Care

Caring for a Dog With Food Allergies

It can be difficult to diagnose a food allergy in your dog. The symptoms of an allergy can vary greatly and can include anything from shaking and persistent itching to vomiting, diarrhea, and an upset stomach. Once your dog has been diagnosed with a food allergy, however, you might be overcome by a sense of foreboding or trepidation as you might think that this diagnosis comes with a complicated or high-maintenance treatment plan. The important thing to remember when your dog is diagnosed with a food allergy, however, is that their allergy can be extremely manageable. To put your mind at ease, here are some answers to some of the most common questions about dogs with pet food allergies.

Caring for a Dog With Food Allergies:

Food Allergies are Common: If your dog has been diagnosed with food allergies, you’re not alone. 10% of all allergies in dogs are food related. The number of dogs that suffer from food allergies means that there have been a number of dog diets developed to help manage a food allergy or intolerance so you and your pet have a lot of options when it comes to replacing the allergen in their diet.

Dogs Will Let You Know if They Have a Food Allergy:

If your dog is suffering from a food allergy, he will make it quite obvious to you. The symptoms of a food allergy will include chronic ear inflammation, prolonged stomach issues, chronic diarrhea or gas, excessively licking their feet, or scratching and biting their rear end. If your dog is displaying any of these symptoms, it is likely a food allergy or intolerance and the issue should be addressed with your veterinarian.

The Most Common Allergens are Readily Identifiable:

When it comes to identifying what your dog is allergic to, your veterinarian will have a pretty good idea. The most common causes of allergic reactions in dogs are grains, dairy, corn, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb, soy, pork, rabbit, or fish. While some dogs have multiple food allergies, it is highly unlikely that your dog will be allergic to all of these ingredients.

An Elimination Diet Will Tell you What Your Dog is Allergic to.

If your dog is suffering from a food allergy, your veterinarian will likely recommend an elimination diet. This will involve starting your dog on a completely new food that he has never had before. Once the symptoms of irritation and intolerance have subsided, you will reintroduce foods to your dog’s diet and see if he has an allergic reaction. Once a reaction occurs, you have identified the cause of your pet’s food allergy.

Allergies are More Common in Some Breeds:

While a predisposition for allergies can be a genetic trait that is more prevalent in lineages where your dog’s ancestors have been allergy sufferers, there do tend to be some dog breeds that are more prone to allergies than others including Retrievers, German Shepherds, Dachshunds Staffy’s and Cocker Spaniels.

Your Dog’s Food Allergy Isn’t Your Fault:

Many pet owners think that they could have done something different with their pet to prevent an allergic reaction from occurring. The truth is, and veterinarians are pretty unanimous on this point, there isn’t really anything that you can do to prevent your puppy from developing a food allergy. Even owners who cook for their pets aren’t guaranteeing their puppy won’t develop food allergies down the line. Providing your dog with a variety of different, high-quality foods, however, is a great way to maintain gut health.

For dogs that suffer from a food allergy, Pet Food Australia offers grain-free foods made with an assortment of top-quality ingredients. The variety of dog food that we stock means that you will be able to find an alternative type of food for your dog if they have an allergy or an intolerance.

If you have any questions about our dog food, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Meat VS Meal… What’s The Difference⁉️

Meat VS Meal... What's The Difference

We’re quite surprised to see just how many pet owners around Australia have Meal TOTALLY misunderstood…

That being said, we really don’t blame you at all & here is why 👇

For as long as any of us can remember, whenever we see or heard about the ingredient in dog food we call Meal, it’s usually been accompanied by something along the line of “Animal Meat By-Products“…  nasty, nasty stuff.

Here’s what we all need to recognise though about the formulas you’ve seen Meal used in overtime‼️

They have been designed to fatten profit margins at the cost of your pets’ health… yeah really 😤

The PR & Marketing teams of these companies have pulled the wool over millions of Australians eyes for decades while alienating even more millions of Australians from realising just how incredibly healthy Meal can be.

Yes you heard us correct! “Meal” and “Healthy”… used in the same sentence 😲

You see here are the undeniable facts about Meal when it is made from Real Meat content instead of disgusting fillers like Animal Meat By-Products

Let’s take our Turkey Meal for example…

If we included straight Turkey Meat in our formula, all the parts we eat as humans, the nutrient-density of the food would go down and our profit margins would get fatter 🤑

Why is that you might ask?

Meat on its own as we all know contains A LOT of water weight, about 70% more than Meal does to be exact 🤏

Additionally, Meal being a more concentrated amount of meat, on average contains 65% more protein than other formulas that use Meat not made into Meal… but they already know this 😑

So let’s just back up a second here ☝️

We use ALL the parts we eat as humans in our Meal recipes and because of that, we are actually increasing your value for money by boosting the nutrient-density of the food significantly 😏

Yes my friends… you read all of that correctly!

Now what are you waiting for… go an pick up your first order at and join 40,000+ Aussies who have already made the swap 👊

We promise you WILL NOT regret it 😍

The Miracle Oil Changing Dogs Lives

The Miracle Oil Changing Dogs' Lives!

First off, let us start by saying that if society’s idea of “controversial” scares you stiff then this article is definitely not for you. However, if you’re the type of person that pays close attention to what a REAL rational un-bias public opinion is then you’re going to love what we’re about to share with you! If you haven’t already guessed, we’re talking about Hemp Oil!

These days there’s a ton of buzz about hemp and its amazing health benefits for people as well as pets, for good reason. Hemp Oil is an incredible super-food with an array of nutrients that are vital to health, growing greatly in popularity as a supplement for humans and it turns out your dog needs it too!

We’ll tell you all the reasons you might want to seriously consider adding Hemp Oil to your dog’s diet, sooner than later… but first, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page when we say Hemp Oil for dogs!

What Exactly Is Hemp?

Hemp’s been around a really long time. The plant was first originated in China way back in 2800 BC when it was discovered to be a reliable and valuable resource for making rope and sacks out of the Hemp Fibres. Additionally, the plant provided pain-relieving medicine and so it became even more popular in Europe by the 16th century… basically, the plant is an ancient part of history with a long history of medicinal use.

Hemp contains various types of fatty acids, plus antioxidants and phospholipids. Gamma-linolenic Acid (GLA) is an omega-6 fatty acid in Hemp that’s especially valuable and you’ll understand why in just a minute.

Human supplements include other forms such as Hemp Seeds, Hemp Milk or Hemp Butter but the best way to use Hemp for dogs is to provide it to them in the form of Hemp Oil. The Oil is cold-pressed so there’s minimal processing involved, let’s take a look at why you might want to use Hemp Oil for your dog!

5 Reasons To Use Hemp Oil For Dogs

1. Gamma-Linolenic Acid(GLA)

Your dog can synthesize GLA from Linoleic Acid (an omega-6 fat), though even healthy dogs can be deficient in it! GLA is an essential building block for prostaglandins in the body, prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that help control inflammation and support many body functions. GLA deficiencies can lead to allergies, arthritis, premature aging, digestive issues, diabetes, and cancer as well as skin problems. So your dog needs to get enough of it and Hemp Oil can deliver just that.

Here are a few of the many health benefits of GLA:

  •  Managing Arthritis Pain & Inflammation: the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism published a study showing that GLA in Hemp Seeds reduced arthritis symptoms by 25%. The improvement with placebo was 4%.
  • Reducing Skin Allergies: GLA is an important nutrient to help manage atopic dermatitis. In humans, a 2005 study showed GLA significantly improved clinical symptoms of atopic dermatitis while also helping to keep moisture in the skin, leading to suppler skin and a smoother coat.
  • Weight Management: GLA helps turn on the body’s fat-burning mechanism and can rev up your dog’s energy levels. It may also increase serotonin, a brain chemical that contributes to the feeling of fullness.
  • Anti-Cancer: A 2006 study reported that GLA-rich diets modulate inflammation and boost immune function. GLA can inhibit the growth of certain types of tumors and also stimulates apoptosis(cancer cell death). It can reduce the side effects of conventional cancer drugs and in combination, the anti-inflammatory properties of GLA may also help prevent cancer by reducing chronic inflammation in the body. Prolonged inflammation weakens cells and tissues, diminishing the immune system.

2. Omega-3 & Omega-6

Hemp Oil contains an ideal 1 to 3 ratio of omega-3(Alpha-Linolenic Acid) to Omega-6(Linoleic Acid) fatty acids. A good balance of these fats is vital for health because they work synergistically in the body. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats work together to manage inflammation in the body, while too much omega-6 turns on the hormones that raise inflammation, too much omega-3 can cause immune dysfunction. 

Inflammation isn’t always bad! 

It’s an important part of the body’s healing response to injury or disease where omega-6 fats increase inflammation to help the body recover faster and Omega-3 fats lower inflammation and control chronic inflammation in the body. Long-term chronic inflammation leads to many health problems, including:

  •  Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Liver or Kidney Disease
  • Cancer
So adding Hemp Oil to your dog’s diet can help prevent these kinds of diseases! Not to mention that omega-3 fats also benefit the eyes, brain, skin, heart, bones, joints & immune system while also promoting a good healthy blood flow and improve overall organ function.

3. Antioxidants

Hemp Oil contains vitamin E and vitamin A(Carotene). These are essential antioxidants that help the immune system by fighting free radical damage, free radicals occur when your dog absorbs toxins from vaccines, drugs, chemicals, pesticides, processed foods and pollution which cause oxidative stress in your dog’s body, damaging cells, proteins and DNA. Antioxidants help keep free radicals under control and promote better health. These vitamins can also increase natural killer cells, helping to slow the decline of the immune response as your dog ages! 

Vitamin E can benefit your dog’s skin, eyes, heart, cognitive function, and immune system while vitamin A also supports immunity, the eyes, and skin. It can also help prevent urinary stones and contains cancer-fighting properties.

4. Phospholipids

Phospholipids are molecules that form part of the outer membrane of cells in the body, they help the cell maintain its internal structure and environment, called homeostasis. A 2012 study in Germany on the effects of dietary phospholipids and revealed the following benefits:

  • Managing Inflammation & Arthritis Pain
  • Reducing Gastric Acid
  • Inhibiting Tumor Growth In Cancer
  • Lowering Cardiovascular Disease Risks
  • Improving Cognitive Disorders & Brain Health
  • Boosting Immune Function
  • Repairing Liver Damage

5. Safer Than Fish Oil

There are no reported side effects from using Hemp Oil for dogs, something you can’t say about Fish Oil!

They use heat to process Fish Oil, which makes it significantly unstable and it can become rancid very easily meaning it can cause inflammation in your dog. Since one of the main reasons to give dogs Fish Oil is to manage inflammation, this is a very silly problem. Hemp Oil is cold-pressed, making it far more stable than Fish Oil making it far less likely to oxidize or become rancid.

Fish Oil can contain mercury, radiation, and other contaminants whereas organic Hemp Oil is grown without pesticides or other toxins. The Hemp Plant also has a long root system, which helps to regenerate healthy soil.

Sustainability is also a major concern with Fish Oil, over-fishing in the ocean is becoming more of an issue as time goes on whereas Hemp is a sustainable crop that’s easy to grow in many different climates and soil types – in fact, it’s said to grow like a weed!

Where Do You Get It & How Much Is Needed?

The good news is that there is plenty of websites online where you can order Hemp Oil to be delivered straight to your door!

However, most of us don’t have the time or desire to take on the responsibility of measuring how much Hemp Oil to give your dog each and every single day… and that’s where we come in – Pet Food Australia is Australia’s first brand of dry dog food, 100% tested & approved, that includes Hemp Oil in it… AWESOME RIGHT!?

We sure do think so, and so do our loyal customers! 


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