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Part 1: Pets and Their Endless Allergies...

Updated: Dec 5, 2023

Because every day we have customers who ask us "What is the best food for their pets that have allergies, or what would you recommend us in this case?”, we have prepared detailed information on the subject in several parts:

Part 1: Pets and Their Endless Allergies... Let's start with what the signs are when a pet has a food allergy.

-> Itchy skin - This is the most common allergic reaction seen in pets with food allergies.If your pet has an allergic reaction to certain foods or ingredients, you will likely see itchy, irritated skin all over their body - and this can be anywhere, such as near the head, stomach, ear, paw, etc.

-> Hives/Hives - If your pet eats something they are allergic to, you will notice small red bumps all over their body within 24 hours.Your pet will also begin to scratch or lick the skin constantly to relieve the itching, which can actually worsen the skin condition and lead to chapped or "dry skin" or hair loss in that particular area.

-> Acute Moist Dermatitis - These are areas of infected, inflamed skin that often look like insect bites at first. They enlarge as your pet continues to wet, itch and scratch them.The repetitive itch/scratch/lick cycle causes the site to turn from a minor wound into a large red, oozing, painful lesion. These inflammations are usually seen on the head, limbs and thighs.The particular inflamed area has redness, swelling and hair loss, so it is quite easy to spot.

-> Chronic ear infection or Infected ears are a telltale sign of a food allergy.While your pet may have an ear infection from ear mites, a yeast infection, or water, we're talking about the type of infection where no cleaning solution has any effect on smelly ears with brown/black buildup.If you notice a brown/black build-up that requires frequent cleaning during the week and it happens more than 2-3 times a year, it's probably a chronic ear infection caused by a food allergy.

-> Gastrointestinal problems If your pet has developed an allergy to an ingredient, he/she is likely to suffer from vomiting, indigestion, diarrhea and chronic gas. These reactions are much easier to spot, especially if your pet suddenly experiences these symptoms. The most common food allergens are:* Gluten* Cereal crops* Eggs* Soy* Dairy products* Veal* Chicken meat and fat* Lamb meat How to feed pets with food allergies? The first thing to do is check with your vet and rule out anything else that might be wrong. Once it is confirmed that your pet does have a food allergy, start noticing how your pet reacts to certain foods when he/she develops allergic reactions. This will make it easier to rule out possible allergy-causing ingredients. Once you've identified the ingredients, begin eliminating them from your pet's diet. Easier said than done, as many commercial pet food brands contain almost the same ingredients - even those advertised as organic. Treats are also important to consider because even if you remove the particular ingredient from your pet's main meals, if you feed them treats that contain the same ingredients, they will still develop reactions and common illnesses.

What to look for when buying food or treats:

-> All Natural: Whether your pet has food allergies or not, it's always best to feed them an all-natural diet.

-> Grain/Gluten Free: Grains and gluten are the two most common food allergens. More than an allergen, these are ingredients that are sometimes difficult for pets to digest, so when you cut them out of their diet, you'll actually find that pets are gluten/grain intolerant - meaning their bodies just don't is able to degrade these compounds.

-> No Preservatives: Making sure your pet's food and treats are preservative-free not only prevents skin diseases caused by food allergens, but also minimizes the risk of chronic and sometimes fatal infections and diseases.

-> Mono-protein (one protein): This is one of the best ways to prevent food allergies in the future because you are able to identify the ingredients and eliminate those that your pet is allergic to.

To be continued...

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