When using diet to tackle pet allergies, success can be hugely influenced by your choice of meat. Individual animals can have adverse reactions to different protein sources so it’s important to identify the root cause of an allergy before beginning treatment. Your vet can help by undertaking blood testing for specific allergens. If the allergy is to a meat protein you can then determine a suitable protein substitute.

I recommend using kangaroo, salmon or tripe as unique proteins with low allergenic profiles.

The benefits of kangaroo meat

Unlike beef and chicken, kangaroo is not farmed and is truly free range. The quality of kangaroo meat destined for human consumption is no different to that harvested for pet food. In fact, kangaroo used in pet food is perfectly fit for human consumption!

Kangaroo is considered a ‘cooling’ meat as it lives in a very dry and arid environment and, as such, is ideal for treating pets with allergies. And, because kangaroo has rarely been widely used in processed pet foods, it is also a unique source of animal protein.

Feeding any meat raw, especially kangaroo meat, removes many of the potential allergy triggers. For example, pets that react to beef in a dry food may actually be ok eating raw, unprocessed beef.

Salmon and Omega 3

Salmon is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to your pet’s well-being. Often pet food manufacturers preference Omega 6 essential fatty acids (EFAs) over Omega 3 EFAs because they are more stable – Omega 3 EFAs tend to be easily destroyed (turn rancid) by heat, light, and oxidation (contact with oxygen). This means a lot of pet food can lead to an imbalance in the Omega EFAs which in turn encourages a pro inflammatory, over reactive immune system (stimulation of histamine releasing cells). The result: pets with abnormally strong immune reactions to normal or mild allergenic stimuli.

Furthermore Omega 3 EFAs help provide a water proof barrier to skin and hair shafts. A deficiency in Omega 3 EFA’s reduces this barrier, the skin and hair becomes dry, flaky and brittle and bacteria are able to invade and cause superficial infections (pyoderma/hot spots) and irritation.
Salmon therefore helps restore Omega 3 EFAs.

Our products minimise thermal damage to Omega 3 oils.

Tripe: hard to get, but great results

I have experienced great results when treating difficult cases of allergic dermatitis in dogs using green tripe. It is unprocessed, extremely affordable and a highly nutritious meat source. Tripe is a white meat meaning it contains low levels of myoglobin, the protein that makes red meat red, and is commonly used for dogs with sensitive digestive tracts, or food allergies. The only difficulty is in sourcing green tripe, which needs to come directly from abattoirs. White tripe from the butcher is a decent alternative.

Grains and gluten

While grains have been part of a natural diet lots of dogs and cats now suffer from grain or gluten allergies. Furthermore, pets with cancer, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, renal or liver failure, urinary tract infections, struvite crystals or bladder stones are best put on to a grain and gluten free diet. That’s why we’ve developed our Grain & Gluten Free Complete Mix, Grain & Gluten Free Raw 76 and our Balanced Life range (all of which is grain and gluten free).

Dr Bruce Syme BVSc (Hons), Founder of Vets All Natural.

Dr Bruce Syme is a practicing vet and expert in natural pet nutrition, has spoken at the Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference, and provides regular comment on TV and Radio.

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Disclaimer: The entire contents of this article are based upon the opinions of Dr. Bruce Syme, unless otherwise noted. The information is not intended as medical advice, it simply shares the knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Bruce and his community. Pet health care decisions should be based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified pet health care professional.
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