As pet care professionals we have noticed a growing number of dogs who are developing sensitivities to meat. This seems to be very frustrating & confusing for a lot of pet owners. The majority of dog foods on the market contain the most common proteins, such as chicken, red meat & fish.
We have been looking at alternative proteins for these dogs in question to help them live a happier life. We have found ‘Yora’ which provides a great alternative protein source. Insects! With simple, hypoallergenic ingredients that fuel a healthy diet for dogs that have a sensitivity.
Figuring out what your pet is sensitive to can be a long process working through an elimination diet. Food sensitivities can cause a lot of problems for dogs from itching to diarrhoea. Here are some signs your beloved pooch may have a food sensitivity:
- Itchy, scratchy, flaky skin
- Ear problems
- Light brown loose stools
- Slime or jelly like substance being passed with stools
- Weight gain or loss
How to help your pet live a happy healthy life.
We always recommend speaking to your vet if you think your dog has a food sensitivity. We have compiled some advice to help keep your pet safe and well if they have a diagnosed sensitivity.
It is best to try to remove the allergen from the household when possible. If this isn’t an option remove the dog from areas where the meat is being eaten. This will avoid them accidentally eating it.
Dogs develop sensitivities to specific proteins, the most common are chicken or beef. Finding an alternative which suits your dog will give them the nourishment and nutrition they need to thrive. Fish is a popular protein to try but the newest protein on the market is based on insects.
We always recommend trying a new food for at least 8 weeks as a result this will allow time for the old food to leave the system to see if the new food agrees with your pet. If your dog develops the same symptoms again is is likely there is still an allergen present in their diet.
Regular grooming is a great opportunity to check over the condition of your dog. Apart from helping you to bond and increase trust , grooming helps to keep skin clean preventing infection risk. It will also encourage hair growth in patches where hair loss has occurred.
Food allergies can really affect skin by making it flaky, sensitive, itchy and uncomfortable. To help soothe the itch and soreness you could try bathing with a natural hypoallergenic, shampoo.
Allergies can seem like a bit of a pain, very worrying and upsetting but with easy solutions such as switching to Yora and removing the allergens from their diet it can be easily manageable.
**The above tips are recommendations and any concerns about your dogs health should be discussed with a vet before you make any drastic changes to your pets diet/lifestyle**