With the rise of numbers of dogs suffering from allergies, and kibble being the main type of dog food being consumed by our pets, the food that dogs consume may be the underlining issue. Many think their dogs allergies are either environmental or seasonal, but the real issue is diet. Allergies are a result of a weak immune system, that develop after repeatedly exposed to potential allergens. They are plaguing the modern dog as a result of poor nutrition, inferior meat quality & cheap fillers used in kibble. With up to 40% of dogs suffering from allergies, and after countless medications and remedies, we have a solution for your dog that will benefit in more ways than one: a natural raw diet.
Before looking at how a raw diet can help, let’s first take a look at some of the common symptoms of allergies in dogs:
All of the symptoms listed above point to an allergy issue. You’ve ruled out environmental and seasonal factors, and know it’s food related, but with a long list of scary ingredients found in kibble, how can you possibly rule out exactly what is causing the allergy? Don’t give up, it might be more simple than you think!
In order to know how to treat your dogs allergies, you must determine where they are coming from. If your dog only itches in the hot summer months, or has dry skin in the cold winter months, one might assume their dog have seasonal allergies. What many pet owners fail to consider is that there is a balance. Your dog may be allergic to the ingredients in processed food that they consume regularly, but it won't be enough to cause an obvious reaction.
When your dog has a subtle food allergy, then is faced with environmental irritants, it may be enough to push your dog out of balance and reveal these allergies. Now, the symptoms will exhibit allergies but due to the misconception, may pet owners will ignore the underlying food allergy and only try to treat the environmental factors! We have to remember that nutrition is the source of most of our dogs health concerns, and it was just these environmental and seasonal occurrence that brought the allergy to your attention.
What ingredients in dog food are causing allergies you may wonder? It may be a specific ingredient, an additive, a protein, or preservatives. Many pet owners are under the impression their dog is allergic to a specific protein, but most often these “allergies” are not truly protein related. Rather, they are associated with something else in the food. Many pet owners are happy to find when they switch their dog to a raw diet they find that their dog was actually allergic to artificial “chicken” or “turkey” but not the actual protein itself.
Here are some of the components in processed dog food that may be contributing to allergies:
Some reports say as many as 25% of dogs experience food allergies caused by processed foods. A natural raw diet can reduce or even eliminate allergies, making it the best diet for allergy-prone dogs. When your dog is on a processed diet, they are consuming low grade meat, animal by product, starches, preservatives, grains, sugar, yeast and artificial components. All of these ingredients put your dog at risk of allergies.
In addition to these ingredients not being species appropriate and contributing to other health issues for dogs, they put major pressure on the immune system. Once the immune system is weakened, allergies can develop leaving your dog in misery. Processed diets are also extremely high in carbohydrates which break down into sugars, which cause yeast to overgrow. Carbohydrates affect the pH in the gut and in the skin, making a better home for bad bacteria than good bacteria. A high protein diet creates a more acidic environment making it hard for bad bacteria to survive.
Remember, a natural raw diet consisting of quality meat and fresh ingredients is what your dog was biologically designed to eat. It is a species appropriate diet that mimics how dogs would eat in the wild. Dogs are not meant to eat and digest processed foods. A natural raw diet will give them optimal health, including subsided allergies and intolerances. Switching to a raw diet will not only keep your dog free from the harmful side effects of kibble, but you will know exactly what is it you are putting in your dog’s bowl. There is no guessing or trying to pronounce long, scary, unfamiliar ingredients.
Like we discussed above, occasionally other factors such as environmental and seasonal may cause allergies in dogs but overall the allergies that result in eye, ear, and skin irritations are nutrition related. Remember, overall health starts with the food we consume and this is true for dogs too!
Feeding your dog a natural fresh raw diet will not only subside allergies, but also support a strong immune system, gut, and overall health. You will know exactly what your dog is consuming without any guesswork. Many pet owners have been misinformed about the source of allergies and intolerances, but with the help of this guide we hope to empower all dog owners that a healthy dog starts with an informed dog owner! Remember, nutrition is key!
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