Ready-made solutions to food allergies in the form of mono-protein recipes, how can they help diagnose and treat a pet's allergies?
When looking for pet food suitable for your dog, we should pay attention to good composition of ingredients adapted to age, and race, but also to individual characteristics. We also know dogs are prone to food allergies nowadays and such cases require special treatment. That is where food manufacturers come offering help with ready-made solutions in the form of mono-protein recipes.
Food allergies are immune-related diseases with characteristic symptoms. They can be observed at any age and in all breeds of dogs. The most susceptible breeds include the German Shepherd, French Bulldog, Boxer, Pug, and Golden Retriever. Of course, mixed breeds may also be affected by allergies. Moreover, they can be acquired after a lifelong consumption of one specific pet food which was well tolerated before.
So, what are some characteristic symptoms?
First of all, non-seasonal itching. Owners often observe general irritability of the pets, which mainly engage in scratching or licking paws.
When in contact with their saliva, the fur turns brown, which is the most noticeable in dog breeds of light coat, such as Maltese or West. In most cases, allergies are accompanied by otitis externa, the ear canals are then red, swollen, and painful. On the skin we often observe abrasions and scabs, which may be the result of secondary infection with staphylococcus or Malelessia where antibiotic therapy is necessary.
Another symptom is itching around the anus which is most often associated with overcrowding and inflammation of the perianal sinuses.
Aside from visible skin problems, issues may also occur in the digestive system, presenting as chronic diarrhea or vomiting.
The consistency of stools may vary the number of defecations is also increased and bloating may occur. To avoid unpleasant experiences, let’s analyze the composition of the food we give to our pets and consult a veterinarian who will tell us more about pet allergies.
What might your dog be allergic to?
Unfortunately, any type of protein can cause any of the reactions listed above. Some of them are, of course, more allergenic and should generally be avoided to decrease the symptoms, e.g., chicken, wheat, or dairy products. Preservatives and dyes that occur in pet food may also be triggering factors.
If we suspect that our dog has allergies, we should choose food with the simplest composition possible, preferably containing one source of animal protein.
To diagnose allergies, it is necessary to carry out an elimination diet. In this case, commercial mono-protein foods will be helpful. Such a diet should take about 4-8 weeks. During this time, carefully observe the reactions of the pet’s body.
Firstly, carefully analyze the dog’s current food to determine what components should be eliminated first. During this period, the dog is supplied with food of one specific protein that it tolerates. After a certain period, if the bothersome symptoms have disappeared, another ingredient can gradually be added to the diet.
Remember, to carry out such observations accurately, we must be consistent. We can’t administer additional treats or snacks to get a clear image of the potential allergy triggers. The whole process is long and arduous, but worth it!
Single-protein diet useful in diagnosing food allergies
Mono-protein foods are suitable for all animals but prove most useful in diagnosing allergies. The most important thing is that their composition is simple. They should contain one type of good quality protein, e.g., lamb or rabbit. The fewer fillers and additional ingredients, the better.
Empire’s food offer includes foods dedicated to appropriate dog breeds, including Maltese, German Shepherds and Jack Russell terrier dogs. There are also variants for puppies which are the only ones containing tender lamb as the only protein of animal origin. You won’t find chicken or any of its derivatives there, e.g., oils, which often happens in other commercial foods. Additionally, they are grain-free.
The optimal glycemic index is provided by appropriate vegetables and fruits. The presence of omega acids 6, omega 3, glucosamine, and chondroitin support proper bone development and functioning joints. In addition, mono-protein foods are also suitable for picky eaters!
Another important factor in animal nutrition is well-balanced food. Often, when trying diets based on home-cooked foods, we are not able to provide our dog with all the macro and microelements. It usually is necessary to seek advice from a veterinary dietitian to avoid any deficiencies.
The journey of diagnosing allergies is a very difficult process, which often requires help from pet nutrition specialists or veterinarians. We must remember not all high-quality pet food is suitable for all dogs suffering from allergies, however, a mono-protein diet can be a big step to increasing the quality of the lives of our beloved pets. Each case must be treated individually with particular mindfulness.
For more information, please visit: https://empirepetfood.com/single-protein-dog-food/
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