Dog Food Allergies and Raw Food Diets
Pets Are Susceptible to Food Allergies
Parents are diligent when it comes to keeping an eye out for any food allergies in their children. It should come as no surprise then, that pet parents are tasked with the same duty. Just like a child suffers from an allergy to wheat or soy, so too can your beloved dog.
Food allergies occur when your pet’s immune system mistakes a food as harmful, and his or her system responds. The response often manifests as itching, paw biting, licking, and inflammation of the ears, rash or hives on the skin, nausea, diarrhea and/or poor coat quality.
These symptoms make owners and dogs miserable. The good news is that if the symptoms are the result of a food allergy (such as egg, corn, wheat, dairy or soy), there are ways to help.
Your vet will likely suggest an elimination diet to highlight the foods that are triggering the inflammation. Typically they will suggest you feed your dog a diet of one or two foods only, such as rice and ground turkey to start and then slowly add in other varieties (like potatoes, chicken, corn, and other various meats and carbs).
We’ve discovered that a diet consisting of unprocessed, natural protein and fat sources and no grain can clear up even the worst food allergies. Corrina is a beautiful reddish, caramel colored mutt, who we met at a local rescue in Minnesota. She was almost completely bald, lethargic, and had scratched open wounds into her skin. Moved by this pitiful little mutt, we adopted her.
We brought her to a vet who quickly diagnosed her with a severe grain allergy. Over the course of a year, we tried many types of commercial foods and while some markedly improved her condition, nothing was able to completely “cure” her.
Trying the Raw Food Diet
With the aid of a holistic vet, we discovered the only way for Corrina to live a fulfilled life was to make her food out of human-grade ingredients and preferably serve it to her raw. The change was immediate, but remarkable.
With research and a lot of time invested, we soon discovered that with a little time and effort we could feed Corrina a biologically appropriate diet for cheaper than most premium-grade commercial foods. There are many benefits to a raw food diet and alleviating allergies was at the top of our list!
If you are interested in trying a raw food diet for your pet, look for a local raw food distributor or jump in and start making your own. We only use FDA approved, human grade protein (meats) for our food. Also, keep in mind that your pet needs more than just meat in a healthy diet. We follow this general guideline, which is also posted on a very helpful resource site:
- 80% meat, sinew, ligaments, fat
- 10% edible bone
- 5% liver
- 5% other organ meat
We’ve found raw feeding to be a cost-friendly and effective way to alleviate Corrina’s food allergies, and we hope it works just as well for you and your pets.
Jacques Duplantier owns Corrina’s Corner in Decatur, GA — a raw pet food processor and delivery service. He switched Corrina to a raw food diet years ago, and she responded so well that everyone wanted to know what his secret was. The rest, as they say, is history. Learn more at http://corrinascorner.com
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