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Low Histamine Foods For Allergic Dogs

Not everything in a fresh food diet is appropriate for all dogs and this is even more relevant to dogs with allergies

Histamine is a necessary response in bodies however when the body produces too much this becomes problematic especially for allergic dogs.  A healthy diet contains moderate amount of histamines, however plenty of healthy foods are high in histamines and these are the ones we want to avoid in allergic dogs.

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Consider avoiding or minimising:

  • Fermented foods such as Kefir, Kombucha & Fermented Veggies

  • Avocado

  • Dried Fruits

  • Eggplant

  • Spinach

  • Bone Broth

  • Shell Fish

  • Aged Cheese

  • Processed or smoked meats

  • Frozen, salted, or canned fish, such as sardines and tuna

  • Vinegar

  • Legumes, such as chickpeas, soybeans, and lentils

  • Yogurt

  • Green Tea

  • Pineapple

  • Strawberries

  • Cherries

  • Cloves

  • Cinnamon

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Here are some of our top picks for fruits.  Fruits generally make up under 20% of your dog's plant matter ratio that you may like to consider including in your dogs diet.

Here are some of our top picks for non-fruit plant matter. 

Plant matter is generally fruit, veggies, seeds, nuts, and herbs combined make up no more than 25% of your dog's diet under our recommended guidelines.

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In addition to foods that are high in histamines, there are foods that trigger a histamine response in the body such as:
 

  • Tomatoes

  • Bananas

  • Wheat Germ

  • Beans

  • Nuts

  • Citrus Fruits

  • Food Dyes

Here are some great foods that are low in histamine that you may like to consider:

  • Fresh meat and freshly caught fish

  • Non-citrus fruits

  • Eggs

  • Gluten-free grains, such as quinoa

  • Dairy substitutes, such as coconut milk and almond milk

  • Fresh vegetables except the ones listed above

  • Olive oil

  • Cream Cheese

  • Butter

  • Coconut Milk

  • Most leafy greens except spinach
     

There are also probiotic strains that aren't ideal that you may want to see if you're giving in probiotic products:
 

Histamine Producers:

  • Candida

  • Citrobacter

  • C. perfringens

  • E. coli

  • H. pylori

  • Lactobacillus bulgaricus

  • Lactobacillus casei

  • Lactobacillus reuteri

  • Staphylococcus

  • S. thermophilus

Histamine Degraders (a good thing):

  • Bifidobacterium infantis

  • Bifidobacterium longum

  • Lactobacillus gasseri

  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus

  • Lactobacillus plantarum

  • Lactobacillus salivarius

Now, in saying all of this, it also comes down to how many histamine receptors are in the gut, some individuals have many, and some have none so whilst food may be high in histamines or trigger histamine production, it may not mean anything to the individual - this is where food elimination trials are helpful.

Free Recipes

 

This recipe uses grass-fed Beef because it comes to dogs with allergies, we want to try and avoid triggers where possible, and grass-fed beef does not get fed grains that could trigger your dog.  We also use free-range eggs but if you can get backyard/pastured eggs, that is the gold standard. Seaweed Calcium powder is used in this recipe, you can buy it in either pet or human versions but make sure it is Seaweed Calcium and not just seaweed. As many of the foods we would normally use for Vitamin D can be triggering for histamines, we have used Vitamin D liquid, just 1 drop is necessary - we use Ostelin 400iu.

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In this second recipe, we use Goat, a nice gentle white animal protein and many dogs accept well, it is also more budget-friendly than grass fed Beef.

Here are some of our top picks for fruits.  Fruits generally make up under 20% of your dog's plant matter ratio

Here are some of our top picks for fruits.  Fruits generally make up under 20% of your dog's plant matter ratio

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