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What are they?
Food allergy – An allergy to food is a self-defense response by the immune system to an amino acid that it perceives as a threat. An allergic reaction doesn’t happen the first time an individual is exposed to the allergen as the immune system has to encounter the protein more than once for enough enterocytes to recognize it as an invader. If your pet is showing an intolerance to a particular food, it may indicate that an allergy is in the process of developing. Any individual ingredient can cause an allergic reaction, but certain foods, including chicken, dairy, beef, and egg products, tend to induce canine allergies more often than others.
Food intolerance is different from a food allergy because the reactions in food intolerance are not caused by histamine. Additional symptoms, including changes in the consistency or color of the stools, gurgling sounds from the digestive system, and abdominal pain, are common with a food intolerance. Food intolerance, although different from an allergy, can lead to allergies as the intolerance may cause the food to be improperly broken down by the digestive system.
Signs of a protein allergy
Chronic ear infections
Chronically inflamed feet
Pawing at face
Poor growth (puppy and adolescent)
Shaking of the head
Traditional vet thinking treats the symptoms via prednisone shots or a ‘super-premium dry food’ that still contains potentially allergy-causing beef, chicken, or wheat. Prednisone is a great anti-inflammatory drug, however, there can be unpleasant side effects. Usually, these allergies are in response to beef, chicken or wheat proteins, but they can be a response to horse or venison too.
The best way to treat allergies is by using a ‘novel protein’. This is a protein that the body has not come across previously e.g. rabbit, hare, kangaroo, wallaby, goat, possum, or fish.
The Cats & Dogs Dinner Company sell an extensive range of alternative meats to help with your pet’s allergies. Probably the best range in New Zealand!