Misconceptions About Pet Food Allergies

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Misconceptions About Pet Food Allergies

Balanced nutrition plays a very important role in keeping our pets healthy. In fact, there aren’t many things that owners do on a daily basis that have a greater influence on their pets' well-being. Pet food allergies are common but there are some misconceptions floating around out there. Take a look at the misconceptions and the truths below. 

Misconception #1: A pet will have digestive issues if they have an allergy to their food.

Truth: Don't just look to the poop for clues on food allergies. While dog and cat food allergies can sometimes cause gastrointestinal problems, it is typically the skin that is affected.
 
Misconception #2: A pet that has been eating the same food for years cannot have an allergic reaction to that food.

Truth: Pet food allergies develop over time. A pet’s immune system will eventually "give up” if repeatedly exposed to an allergen and that is when an allergic reaction will be noticeable.
 
Misconception #3: Switching to another commercial pet food will solve the problem.

Truth: Most commercial pet foods actually contain the same ingredients. You and your pets are much better off choosing a therapeutic diet from your veterinarian's office. Therapeutic diets are produced with much higher standards on ingredients and manufacturing. 
 
Misconception #4: Hypoallergenic food or food created for sensitive skin can’t be cause allergic reactions.

Truth: Many commercial diets claim to be "hypoallergenic” or "for sensitive skin,” but these claims have no official or standard meaning. 

If your pet is having issues, it is worth looking into their nutrition with the help of a veterinarian. 
Posted Tuesday, August 25, 2015