Is your dog suffering from non-stop itching and fur loss? Does his skin flare up right after every meal? He might have food allergies. Read on to learn more and discover how you can help your dog.
What is food allergy?
An allergy is a result of the immune system’s hyper reaction on substances like pollen, dust, or even temperature. When it comes to food allergy, your dog’s immune system becomes hypersensitive to specific proteins found in his food.
If you see any of these signs in your dog, visit your veterinarian:
In one study ¹, researchers performed tests to identify the most common offending food allergens in 297 dogs suffering from food allergies. They found out that animal meat proteins were the biggest culprits. About 231 dogs are allergic to beef, dairy, chicken, lamb, pork, fish, rabbit, and egg.
To fight food allergies, experts recommend taking off these allergy triggers from your dog’s diet. Opt for hypoallergenic diets with ingredients that your dog isn’t exposed to yet or has not developed a sensitivity for, like vegetable sources.
“Most of the time a dog has food allergy to meat protein such as beef, chicken, or one of the other common meat sources. Vegetarian diets may bring these food-allergic dogs relief from their skin allergies,” said veterinarian Dr. Armaiti May. ²
The Zen Vegetarian recipe
Zen Vegetarian is an exclusive recipe designed for dogs allergic to meats, formulated with choice vegetable proteins and a combination of vitamins and minerals. It is a holistic, well-balanced and great-tasting meal for sensitive dogs across all life stages.
Like many of Addiction Food’s award-winning formulations, Zen Vegetarian was developed because of pet owners’ requests to address allergenic problems—in this case, meat allergies and intolerance to certain proteins. It contains only natural and wholesome vegetable-based ingredients like soya, rice, peas, and kelp. With added vitamins and minerals, dogs with meat allergies receive their daily dietary needs for a healthier lifestyle.
Zen is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages and does not contain any ingredients of animal origin, gluten, wheat, corn, artificial preservatives or fillers.