What is Hydrolyzed Corn Starch in Dog Food?

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Is your dog suffering from food sensitivity?

Considering hydrolyzed food to help manage it?

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Is hydrolyzed food good for dogs?

Due to its structural composition, hydrolyzed food is highly digestible hence a good choice for dogs with food sensitivities. This is because the proteins have broken down into tiny pieces which are unrecognizable by the immune system. 

Is hydrolyzed protein bad for dogs?

When used as an elimination diet to identify adverse food reactions in dogs, protein hydrolysate diets have been observed to be effective and well-tolerated by many dogs.

Why is hydrolyzed dog food so expensive?

If you are considering switching to hydrolyzed dog food, prepare to incur increased costs in your pet food diet. This food is expensive mainly because it takes a long time to develop and test it, being a hypoallergenic diet.

Is hydrolyzed protein easy to digest?

Yes, hydrolyzed protein is easily digestible. The proteins have been exposed to enzymes that break down amino acids into smaller pieces and shorter chains of di- and tri-peptides that isolate fast.

Does hydrolyzed protein build muscle?

Yes. Since hydrolyzed proteins have already been broken down into smaller pieces making them easily absorbable by the body. This gives the muscles a supercharged dose of amino acids all at once, promoting their growth.

When should my dog take hydrolyzed protein?

You can give hydrolyzed protein to your dog as an elimination diet if your dog has food sensitivity to help in the diagnosis and management of adverse food reactions and inflammatory bowel disease.


If you suspect food sensitivity in your dog, ensure you consult a vet before switching to hydrolyzed food to help manage it.

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Sarah Brady

Sarah Brady is an animal lover and the proud dog-mom of a Golden Retriever named Brody and an Italian Greyhound named Jessup. Unfortunately, Jessup developed serious allergies to many different types of dog foods and ingredients when she was just a puppy. Meanwhile, Brody could eat seemingly anything and carry on as healthy as could be. Sarah spent hours of time researching and testing different foods and brands before finding something that worked for little Jessup. She wants Dog Food Care to simplify this experience for future dog-parents who face food allergy or tolerance issues of their own.