Allergies occur when the immune system reacts to an otherwise harmless substance in its environment and your dog can develop allergies or intolerances to substances of vegetable or animal origin at any time in its life. Allergies are common in small dogs, because their digestive tract and skin are very sensitive and they can come into contact with many different substances. Typical symptoms are itching and inflammation of the skin, as well as sickness and diarrhoea. Royal Canin Veterinary - Hypoallergenic Small Dog is a dietetic complete dry kibble that has been especially designed for small breeds. It can be used to help to alleviate symptoms of food intolerances and food allergies as well as for the treatment of inflammatory and chronic bowel conditions. The recipe includes hydrolysed proteins with a low allergic potential to make the food easy to digest. As small dogs are also prone to urinary stones, the RSS value of the food has been optimized, and it also contains a special combination of biotine, niacin and pantothenic acid to promote the barrier effect of the skin. Recommended for (indications): Bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine Dysbacteria Elimination diet Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) Food allergy Food intolerance Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) Bacterial overgrowth (SIBO / dysbiosis) Not recommended for (contraindications): Lactating bitches, pregnant bitches or puppies Key benefits: Hydrolysed proteins: soya protein hydrolyzate comprises peptides of low molecular weight. Therefore, it is highly digestible and only slightly allergenic. Optimised RSS-value: Helps to reduce the level of ions that form struvite and oxalate crystals in the urine. Skin barrier: The very high levels of biotin, niacin and pantothenic acid in combination with a zinc-linoleic acid blend help to reduce fluid loss through the skin and strengthen the barrier effect. Optimal oral and dental health: Kibble helps to mechanically clean the teeth and remove plaque and tartar. Sodium triphosphate helps to bind calcium in the saliva, so that it does not create any more tartar. Further information: Hypoallergenic small dog is a hydrolysate foodstuff. It has been especially developed for allergy management in small dogs weighing less than 10kg, and also helps to promote good urinary and oral health. Duration of treatment: If you suspect your dog has a food allergy or intolerance, you should alter its food intake immediately. Continue the special diet for the rest of your pet’s life.