Royal Canine Hydrolized Protein

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Hydrolyzed protein dog food can help reduce your dog’s symptoms

Royal Canine Hydrolized Protein

If your dog recently developed food allergies, you might be confused about what to feed him. After all, you don’t want to cause an allergic reaction.

There are actually a couple of options for pups with food allergies, even if you don’t know exactly what your dog’s allergic to — and one of them is hydrolyzed protein dog food.

We reached out to Dr. Amber Karwacki, a partner vet at Heart + Paw Callowhill, and Dr. Lydia Harbour, a veterinary dermatology resident at Dermatology for Animals in Arizona, to find out what hydrolyzed protein dog food is and to get recommendations for some of the best ones.

What is hydrolyzed protein dog food?

According to Dr. Karwacki, hydrolyzed protein dog food has a protein source that’s broken down into tiny pieces that aren’t detectable by your dog’s immune system. So your dog’s body basically just recognizes that there’s protein in the food but can’t tell which meat product it’s from. “These diets tend to be more effective when treating food allergies in dogs and require a prescription from your veterinarian,” Dr. Karwacki told The Dodo.

To make hydrolyzed dog food, the protein source is broken down into amino acids and peptides using a process known as hydrolysis.

Hydrolyzed protein dog foods are used to manage food allergies in dogs. “I consider hypoallergenic food to be hydrolyzed versions, since when this is done right, theoretically no dog should react when fed these,” Dr. Harbour told The Dodo.

This kind of food can also be fed to dogs who have inflammatory bowel disease or sensitive stomachs to help manage the condition.


What is Royal Canin hydrolyzed protein used for?

Royal Canin’s Hydrolyzed Protein Adult Dry Dog Food is formulated to aid your dog in an elimination diet trial or for long-term support for skin and GI tract issues. This palatable, highly digestible, complete and hydrolyzed food is designed for both puppies and dogs.

How long can a dog be on hydrolyzed protein?

How long should a dog be on hydrolyzed food? Most veterinarians recommend keeping a dog exclusively on a hydrolyzed protein diet for six to 10 weeks. At that point, your vet will probably conduct a dietary rechallenge to determine whether your dog is truly allergic to the suspected food ingredients.

What dog food is equivalent to Royal Canin hydrolyzed protein?

Best hydrolyzed protein dog food

Harbour recommend include Royal Canin, Purina, Hill’s Science Diet and Rayne Clinical Nutrition.

What does hydrolyzed protein mean in dog food?

Hydrolysis uses water to chemically break proteins into pieces that are so small that the immune system no longer reacts to them. Veterinarians typically prescribe hydrolyzed protein dog foods to treat two diseases: food allergy and inflammatory bowel disease.