Food Allergy Week
A food allergy can completely change the way we eat and even think about food and having one can have a significant impact upon our lives. As severe allergies can cause significant symptoms, such as anaphylactic shock, understanding the importance of being safe with food is fundamental in ensuring we live a long and happy life. As this week is dedicated to raising awareness about food allergies across the world, we thought it best to raise some awareness of our own on how our four-legged friends can develop food allergies and intolerances too and how you can ensure their doggy diets are the best they can possibly be.
From grain-free diets to hypoallergenic proteins, we have all the handy hints to ensure you pawvide your dog with the food they need to live a long and happy life and their diet stays as delicious as ever before.
Spotting an Allergy
Often mistaken for other doggy problems such as parasites and troublesome tummies, a food allergy can be problematic for your four-legged friend if ignored or dismissed by their owners or sometimes even vets. As our furry friends have a tendency to chew and chomp anything they come to contact with, flatulence, vomiting and diarrhea can be sometimes misdiagnosed as something our pets have eaten or swallowed without any thought of the food in their bowls.
As natural carnivores evolved to consume a meat-based diet and after repeated exposure to grains and wheat, our dog’s bodies sometimes struggle to digest the ingredients often used as bulking agents and fillers in their food and treats, leaving them feeling negative effects. In addition, over exposure to common proteins such as beef and chicken can also have the same effects as grain and wheat. Some of the most common symptoms are:
- Excessively licking or grooming
- Scratching and itching
- Increased flatulence
- Gurgling stomachs
If you notice any of these symptoms try changing your dog’s diet, if they tend to consume the likes of chicken, beef or grain based products, as the allergy could be stemmed from an overexposure to these common proteins and grains.
Over recent years, an increasing number of studies have shown that our four-legged friends are becoming more sensitive to the grains and fillers used in commercial dog food to help bulk up your dog’s daily dinners. Grains such as barley and rice are often used as a filler in your dog’s wet and dry food as carbohydrate bulk to keep your dog feeling fuller for longer. However, as our dogs aren’t evolved to digest high levels of grains, our furry friends are having side effects when exposed to increased levels of these carbohydrates. To resolve this problem, businesses are replacing these grains with more natural and digestible ingredients such as root vegetables and botanicals to give our dogs the diets they deserve.
Our Fabulous Food & Treats
Here at Natural Cornish Pet Shop, we are dedicated to providing your pooch with a superb selection of food and treats that are healthy, wholesome and suitable for every dog’s need. No matter whether your pooch has an allergy or not, our range of food and treats has everything your dog needs to have a healthy heap of vital vitamins and nutrients to keep their bodies bouncing and tails wagging.
Our spectacular selection of grain-free food is completely free from any bulking agents and full of your dog’s favourite healthy and all-natural ingredients giving them bowful after bowful of delightful dinners that will keep their tummies and skin safe and soothed each and every day. Brands such as Canagan, Symply and our very own Aflora, are made with the finest range of proteins and vegetables ensuring your dog gets a heap of healthy goodness time and time again.
For dogs with allergies and intolerances to particular proteins such as chicken and beef our range of fabulous fish skin based snacks are made with nothing more than 100% cornish fish skins meaning your dog gets nothing more than all-natural, wholesome and nutritionally beneficial treats that will keep their skin and coats looking the best they ever have. Packed with those amazing Omega oils, our range of fish based fancies are the pawfect treat for any dog no matter if they have an allergy or not.