Because it is so natural, and because it does not contain the fillers of cheaper dog foods, Orijen is often promoted as being hypo-allergenic.
A feed with simple and limited ingredients is less likely to cause problems for dogs with sensitive tummies, so could be suitable for your Pug is they have a food allergy or intolerance.
In fact, protein sources are more often to blame than grains. Beef, dairy, chicken, egg, lamb, soy, pork and fish were responsible for 231 of the food allergies, while wheat, corn and rice combined accounted for only 54. (Some dogs were allergic to more than one ingredient, which is why these numbers total more than 278.)
Hypoallergenic dog foods can help in a few different ways.
Update on Food Allergy in the Dog and Cat
Dogs and cats with allergies are itchy. They itch because histamine is released when their immune system attacks the offending allergen. Areas of the skin that most often itch are ears, eyes, feet—even between the toes—arm pits, groin, and around the anus. This itching causes feet biting, head shaking, face rubbing, and bottom scooting. Some pets also bite or scratch their bellies. About 60% of cats that pull out their hair (barbering) and have bald spots (alopecia) have itchy skin from food allergies.For dogs and cats, the most common sign of food allergy is itching and scratching. Other signs of food allergies are head and neck itching, miliary dermatitis, eosinophilic granulomas, swollen lymph nodes, hives, and conjunctivitis.Proteins cause most food allergies. It's unusual for pets to be allergic to carbohydrates or fats. Considering all dog food allergies, two-thirds are caused by beef, dairy, and wheat. Dogs are also frequently allergic to soy, chicken, eggs, and corn. For cats, 90% of food allergies are caused by beef, dairy, and fish. Cats are also commonly allergic to lamb, wheat, chicken, and corn. Some of the most common allergens for dogs are chicken, wheat, eggs, corn and soy. There are other foods that dogs may become allergic to, and tests from your veterinarian can help you identify exactly what your dog is reacting to.Just like their human counterparts, dogs may develop food allergies. A food allergy is where the dog’s body recognizes food as a foreign invader and attacks it instead of processing the food.In this list I will go over some of the most popular hypo-allergenic dog foods on the market. However, the food that works best for your dog, will most often depend on your dog’s specific allergy