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and previous exposure to that particular ingredient. "
For example, if a pet hasn't formerly eaten fish, a
marine-based diet may be a good option, according to
Wooner. These diets are naturally rich in Omega 3 and 6
fatty acids, both of which are known to mitigate inflammation,
support skin and coat health, digestion and the
immune system. This not only offers pets a novel source
of protein to mitigate food allergies and sensitivities but
can also address some of the negative symptoms of food
allergies.
Lobos noted vitamin A and zinc have also been
shown to support skin and coat health. Additionally, formulating
products for gut health and digestion support
can help pets manage the symptoms of food allergies
and sensitivities.
" Solid Gold prioritizes ingredients that support gut
With many limitedingredient
pet
diets being higher
in carbs and lower
in protein, Nulo
sought to reverse
these metrics by
creating allergenfriendly
diets that
are still high in
protein.
Nulo
ing, or even ear infections, Freeman said.
" Adverse food reactions can be the result of an immune
response (food allergy) or can occur because of
metabolic incompatibilities with food (food intolerances), "
Mendoza added. " True food allergies can result
from genetic predisposition, but they have also been
linked to the condition of the gut lining (i.e. gut permeability)
and dysbiosis of the gut microbiome. "
Many limited-ingredient, minimally processed and
" hypoallergenic " diets have arose as a way to satiate
food-sensitive pets without compromising quality nutrition.
However, it's important to note that the term " hypoallergenic "
on a pet food label is highly subjective, as
each pet experiences different allergic reactions to different
food ingredients.
" Hypoallergenic is a confusing term, " Richter said.
" Any dog or cat can have a sensitivity to any ingredient. "
Therefore, developing food allergy-friendly pet foods
and treats is as much about including specific ingredients
as it is about leaving others out of the mix altogether.
" The simplest path to an allergy-friendly food is to use
more novel proteins and less of the 'top culprit' ingredients
triggering allergies, " said Jon Wooner, pet products
director, North Coast Seafoods, Boston.
Picking the right proteins
Because proteins are often the culprit of food allergies
in pets, incorporating novel proteins - protein sources
that a dog or cat has not eaten before - is a common approach
to formulating these types of diets.
" Novel proteins can range from more traditional
sources like lamb or duck to exotic meats like kangaroo
or insect protein, " Mendoza shared. " Whether a protein
is novel to a specific pet depends on their diet history
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" Hydrolyzed protein diets, for example, can deliver
proteins that have been processed into small peptides
instead of intact proteins and large polypeptides and are
therefore less likely to be recognized by the immune system, "
Mendoza explained.
Emerging pet food formats such as fresh and minimally
processed also have a role in reducing common
food allergy reactions in pets, according to Richter.
" Feeding fresh food decreases the relative 'reactivity'
of proteins. In other words, they can be more allergenic
when they are highly processed, " Richter said. " In addition,
having pets rotate through different diets over time
rather than them eating the same food for years can reduce
the development of sensitivities. "
Limited ingredients are limiting
Formulating a dog or cat diet is like assembling a puzzle
- you need all the pieces to fit together perfectly in orhealth,
such as pumpkin, clean animal plasma, probiotics,
and prebiotic fibers to offer nutritious recipes that
are still mindful of common food allergens, " Wilcoxen
shared.
As protein sources for pets evolve, new innovations
are offering processors more alternative options. Early
research has pointed to insect protein as a hypoallergenic
protein source for dogs and cats, and hydrolyzed
protein has emerged as another promising solution for
addressing food sensitivities.
Having a thorough
quality assurance protocol is
essential when making a
truly hypoallergenic diet. "
RuthAnn Lobos, DVM, Nestlé Purina PetCare
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