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.
If your pet is having issues, it is worth looking into their nutrition with the help of a veterinarian.Truth: Many commercial diets claim to be "hypoallergenic” or "for sensitive skin,” but these claims have no official or standard meaning.
Posted Tuesday, August 25, 2015