Alternative Protein Options For Allergies

July 17, 2017 2 min read 0 Comments

SitStay Blog: Alternative Protein Options For Allergies

When your dog suffers from a food allergy for beef or chicken, finding an alternate protein source doesn't need to be difficult. In fact, beef, chicken, wheat and even corn are some of the most common food allergies in dogs, particularly in specific breeds. It may take a bit of testing to find the right treat for your furry family member, but there are a variety of options available to replace common choices. Chances are, you won't have to worry about visiting a specialty food store as most pet food sections carry options for allergy-prone dogs.

Dog food and treats with fish as the primary protein is often a great choice for your pet. Many dogs will enjoy salmon as a protein option and it is distinctly different enough from beef and chicken that the likelihood of an allergy is lessened. For dogs with a chicken allergy, do not give up on turkey and duck. While it is a flip of a coin, many dogs with chicken allergies have no reaction to duck, turkey, eggs or other poultry products. The same can be said for bison as a replacement for beef. If possible, buy a small bag to test your dog's reaction.

Do keep in mind that allergies are developed, as opposed to simply existing at birth. Thus, a dog allergic to one protein source may eventually become allergic to others. When making the switch, ensure that future foods have a single primary protein as this lessens the chance that your dog will develop further allergies. Additionally, if fed a multiple protein source a new allergic reaction may necessitate avoiding all of them in the future.

If you have not had success on the customary alternatives, often uncommon proteins are needed. Dog treats that contain venison, ostrich, emu, or even kangaroo have increasingly become readily available in recent years. A major switch to a food entirely unnatural to your pet's diet is sometimes what is necessary to break a food allergy cycle. We always recommend consulting your veterinarian before making changes to your dog's diet. 

Dealing with your pet's food allergies does not need to cripple your options. There are a variety of alternative proteinsavailable even in common stores. Regardless of your choice, look for premium quality or wild raised versions of these foods for the best nutritional quality. Rotating your pets' diet on occasion may help to prevent further allergy development.