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February 04, 2021 2 min read
Does your dog suffer from allergies? Food intolerances are the single most frequent reason your pet may visit the vet's office. Knowing what food is triggering these reactions and how a raw food diet can help diminish your dog's allergies and related symptoms can be the start to seeing immediate healthy results.
THE MAIN CAUSES OF YOUR PETS ALLERGIES
Allergies are an over-response of your pet's immune system to a possible protein or over exposure to a series of allergens. 75% of your dog's immune system is located within their digestive tract (Intestines, Stomach & Mouth).
Unfortunately, the most common cause we hear about is food in their diet. Mainly from a commercially processed kibble, rendered at such a high heat that it loses 70% of its moisture and destroys most of the nutritional value.
Fillers such as grains and starches are not biologically meant for our furry companion and, over time, can put pressure on the organs and immune system, creating or triggering allergies.
Signs of allergies in your pets can be hot spots, ear infections, diarrhea, yeast (browning of skin & coat), dry, flaky skin, smelly coat, eye discharge, and possible rash.
Note: While most are food-related, some reactions may be caused by an environmental issue such as trees, grass, dirt, pollen, household products, or prescription medication.
HOW A RAW DIET CAN HELP:
THE ELIMINATION DIET
If your dog has allergies, we suggest an elimination diet. It's the single most effective way to determine food sensitivities/allergies and pinpoint the protein trigger.
We suggest going back to basics and feeding a single protein for a while. Raw Performance Dog Food offers various Pure Proteins like Pure Rabbit, Pure Duck, and Pure Salmon that are great proteins to feed while doing the elimination diet.
While doing the elimination diet, we suggest omitting supplements, treats, and Omega 3's temporarily. Once your pet has successfully transitioned through a few proteins and allergies have halted, you can now wean back in a fish oil for 7 days, then slowly wean in other supplements or goodies that your pet enjoys.
Note: An elimination diet can take 6 to 8 weeks (some sooner depending on your pet's allergy symptoms).