Archives for the day Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Hypoallergenic Dog food, Hypoallergenic Dog treats

 Many of you have already know that our dog “Palette” is on raw diet. I did not switch the diet to raw diet due to Allergy issue, but rather,I felt it would be better diet for her because diet menu is free from
preservatives,additives, artificial coloring, artificial flavoring, or added
vitamins that may may not be enough for her.

 Plus, it is a nice advantage that her food is always fresh,and not highly processed. I
also liked the fact that the diet menu can tailor to each individual dog’s
need,and I can really see what I am feeding to her, and I can control the quality of the food that she eats.

Palette enjoy sardine..

 While I was researching how/what/How much I should feed to
Palette once she was switched to the raw diet,I realized some dogs were switched to fresh food diet a.k.a. raw diet, due to allergy issue, and
it seemed that the dogs were thriving on the new diet without persistent allergy issue.

 Considering processed food diet a.k.a. kibble diet has looong list of ingredients with added vitamins, preservatives as such, it is understandable that dogs that suffered from Allergy issue do good on fresh food diet,which is very simple ingredient list.

 Then, I found that some processed pet food companies came up the ideas of so called “Hypoallergenic Dog food”/ “Grain free Dog food”. Then, I started noticing some of the online retailer stores started advertising so called “Hypoallergenic Dog treats”.

 What is “Hypoallergenic Dog food”?

 Looking around, I found some patterns that appear on Hypoallergenic dog food.

 Below are some of the Hypoallergenic dog food ingredient list.

<Product A; targeted to dogs with Allergy >

Lamb Meal, Ground Whole Millet, Ground Whole Rice, Rice Bran, Menhaden
Fish Meal, Grapeseed Oil, Flaxseed Meal, Lecithin, Garlic, Rosemary and
Sage Extract, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, dl-Alpha Tocopherol
Acetate, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Selenium Supplement, Mixed Natural
Tocopherols (antioxidant), Niacin, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin B-12
Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Ascorbic Acid,
Iron Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Manganese Amino Acid Complex,
Thiamine Mononitrate, Manganous Oxide, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Copper
Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid Supplement, Ethylenediamine
Dihydriodide, D-Biotin Supplement, Vitamin D3, Bromelain, Papain, Dried
Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae
Fermentation Product.

<Product B;Hypoallergenic Dog food>

New Zealand lamb meal, steamed oats, peas, sunflower oil, de-boned New Zealand
lamb, red delicious apples, natural lamb flavor, flaxseed, alfalfa leaf, pumpkin, turnip
greens, cranberries, saskatoon berries, organic sea vegetables (kelp, bladderwrack,
dulse), burdock root, marshmallow root, juniper berries, fenugreek, sweet fennel,
angelica root, sea buckthorn, chicory root, stinging nettle, red raspberry leaf, milk
thistle, peppermint leaf, marigold flowers, chamomile flowers, Lactobacillus
acidophilus, Enterococcus faecium.
Vitamins (vit. A, vit. D3, vit. E, niacin, riboflavin, lysine, thiamine mononitrate, vit. B12,
pyridoxine, folic acid, biotin). Minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, manganese
proteinate, cobalt proteinate, copper proteinate).

<Product C;Hypoallergenic Dog food>

Trout, Oatmeal, Herring Meal, Oat Flour, Canola
Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols & Citric Acid), Sweet
Potatoes, Calcium Carbonate, Flax Seed, Lecithin, Dicalcium Phosphate,
Organic Quinoa Seed Meal, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, a-Tocopherol
Acetate (Source of Vitamin E), Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A
Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Source of Vitamin C), Pyridoxine
Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of
Vitamin B1), Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3
Supplement, Biotin, Folic Acid), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Amino Acid
Chelate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Manganous Sulfate,
Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate,
Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate), Rosemary Extract, Sage Extract,
Bromelain, Papain, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermenation Product, Dried
Aspergillus Oryzae Fermenation Product.

<Product D;Hypoallergenic Dog food>

Fresh boneless chicken*, chicken meal, fresh boneless salmon*, turkey
meal, herring meal, russet potato, peas, sweet potato, fresh boneless
turkey*, fresh whole eggs*, fresh chicken liver*, fresh boneless lake
whitefish*, fresh boneless walleye*, sun-cured alfalfa, pea fiber,
chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), organic kelp, pumpkin,
chicory root, carrots, spinach, turnip greens, apples, cranberries,
blueberries, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers,
sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory,
rosemary, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, thiamine
mononitrate, riboflavin, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine, folic acid,
biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese
proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, Lactobacillus
acidophilus, Enterococcus faecium.

<Product E; Grain free Dog food>

Deboned Turkey, Deboned Chicken, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Potatoes,
Dried Ground Potato, Tomato Pomace, Natural Chicken Flavor, Canola Oil,
Chicken Liver, Salmon Oil, Flaxseed, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Kale,
Broccoli, Spinach, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Vitamins &
Minerals, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Glucosamine
Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum,
Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus
Fermentation Products, Rosemary Extract.

 With the dog food that are targeted to Allergy dogs, some companies make food with recipe simply omitting common allergen such as wheat,corn,soy, and chicken.

 It seems, with those food recipes, millet, oats seems to be the popular substitute for regular grain ingredients.

 Millet is gluten free seed of grain, and it is very tiny small round piece. It is, according to wikipedia website, used to substitute with wheat for those who have sensitivity to gluten content in wheat.

 Oat is seed of grain like Millet, and they lacks the many proteins found in wheat and, people who have sensitivity to gluten content in wheat can tolerate Oats better.

 Therefore, with hypoallergenic dog food, it seems to substitute wheat with grain that lacks many of protein found in wheat.

 If you feed your dog kibbles, and if they suffer Allergy issue, chances are, you will be trying to switch the food to another flavor,another brand and so forth.

 Hypoallergenic food seems to use protein source that dogs may not be exposed a lot to, such as lamb, fish seems popular choice of protein source among manufacturers. Some dog food companies claim to use free range protein source or fresh meat is delivered without being frozen to them.

 Some dogs may do good with it.

 However, even if they do swap the common allergen with something else, or using better quality meat, it is still processed food, and it contains more than lamb or fish or any other meat protein source.

 Some dogs may continue to have Allergy problems. Unless you find the cause of the Allergy problems, it is hard to manage it.

 Another thing I find in such food is that, it seems to find Flaxseed in ingredient list. Then often times, they are advertised for good skin and coat.

 With human, Flaxseed is good source of Omega 3, but dogs are not human. They will digest/react to things differently from us.

 It is not always the case to assume
what is good for human is good for dogs.

 Flaxseed is high in omega3 and
it is also being able to use as natural preservative so,many treats have them as well.

 However, dogs cannot
convert ALA to EPA and DHA well. Flaxseed has Alpha-linolenic Acid; ALA.
They need to be converted to EPA and DHA, the form of omega 3 the body
uses. Then,flaxseed must be milled to get the benefit out of it but
within hours,it goes rancid.

 Oil is very delicate thing.If we wanted to
give omega3 in our dog’s meal,we rather use fish oil;fish oil has
EPA,DHA which dogs can easily use in the body. Or simply put fresh sardine, fresh salmon, fresh Mackerel in front of them.

 Getting the Omega3 naturally from fresh food is the best. If not, giving fish body oil is another choice.

 Since dogs cannot convert ALA to DHA/EPA easily, it is possible that this can be a cause of Allergy issue if you find your dogs still continue to have problems after swapping one dog food to another.

 Another thing I find with dog food advertisement with dog food gear toward to Allergy dogs is that, some companies says their top 5 ingredients make the most of their recipe and using great ingredients.

 However, lets say <product B> will be used as example for this.

 First 5 ingredients you read in the list goes.. lamb meal,steamed oats, peas, sunflower oil, de-boned New Zealand

 One thing I do not understand is that, whether de-boned lamb and lamb meal are different thing. Oat is, as stated above, seed of grain.

 Sunflower oil is often used as omega6 source.  I am not sure they use the oil because they do not use poultry,which is the natural omega 6 source (poultry is usually high in Omega6).

 If you read the product B list more, more fruits and vegetables etc follows,and lots of synthetic vitamins etc. Then, you find “natural lamb flavor” in the list.

 I have to wonder whether lamb itself is not giving the enough lamb taste? What is “lamb flavor”?

 If you make the ingredients into individual food groups, I feel that actual meat used maybe lower than fruits,vegetable etc.

 I see that some dog food companies trying to offer food for dogs with Allergy but, I think that they need to see that even
if they do swap the common allergen with something else, or using
better quality meat, dogs can react to number of other things they use; preservatives,colorings, synthetic vitamins, flavorings etc etc.

 I believe that nothing can beat the wholesomeness, full of nutrient content with fresh food. When people are looking at more of fresh food on table, not processed food, why not for our furriends too?
 With fresh food diet, you know you are providing better food for your furriend, and you see them enjoying each wholesome food, and you know you can have total  control with quality of the food you feed.

 Is the processed food still better than fresh food diet?

 What is “Hypoallergenic dog treats”?

 Along side the so called “Hypoallergenic dog food” market, here comes “Hypoallergenic dog treats” market.

 I see many online retailers have section for “Hypoallergenic dog treats”. It is basically a section for treats made from exotic protein source without common allergen such as chicken or beef.

 Then, just like “Hypoallergenic dog food”, it is basically a treats with swapped recipes with long list of ingredients.

 Some offer treats made from single ingredient, but sometimes, it has mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), which Palette start chewing at her paws if I give treats with it.

 Some online retailers advertise that treats made from single ingredient from exotic protein source as Hypoallergenic treats, but if you find one, take a closer look at the origin of the products, especially rabbit treats, chicken treats, and duck treats.

 Sometimes, the description of those treats lack the information as to whether they are made and, some of those treats are made in China.

 I once bought Duck fillet treats supposedly “best seller” with single ingredient treats. Palette loved it but 2 hours later, she had miserable diarrhea followed by constant butt wash at middle of the night.

 I still had more than 20 Duck fillet in the bag, but I tossed them into trash bin. It was before I know better, and it was made in China. Of course, this particular treats did not make it to our store.

 Our rabbit treats, chicken treats, duck treats offered at Yassy’s Gourmet Dog kitchen are made in USA with US source ingredients.

 Even if we could offer chicken treats with very very cheap price to furriends, if it were made in China, we would not offer to your furriends.

 Just because we can offer cheap, does not make us compromise our principal goal, even if they were made with just chicken and nothing else.

is certainly the goal for me to offer healthy treats made with simple
ingredients and, we specialize in treats made with single ingredients
without fillers.

 However,you will recognize that we do not have the “Hypoallergenic dog treats” section at our store. This is because I think that the word “Hypoallergenic treats” are more of marketing than anything else and, I do not believe that just because treats are made from protein source without common allergen mean all dogs do good on them.

 Retailers should understand that dogs are like people, and each dogs react to things differently and just because they were made from pork or any other exotic protein source does not mean dogs would do good on them.

 For some dogs, those may still be the protein source that trigger the allergic reaction.

 As I understand it, if dogs had food allergy, they will react to protein content in meat,grain etc,which were not broken into to digest better in their stomach, and allergy can develop over time due repeated exposure to the food they cannot break down the protein content in the food in the question.

 Therefore, it is understandable that many dogs do good on lamb based or another novel protein source (less common) food/treats,which they have never exposed to before.

 In other words,if dogs were not exposed to protein in beef, then beef could be his/her novel protein source, and the dog could do good on beef,which known as common allergen.

 That being said, I do not think there is a true “one fits for all” type of hypoallergenic dog food/treats, which does not trigger allergy in all dogs, even though you can give minimally processed food/treats because they are less stuff is used to make them.
 According to BBC article, protein in meat/egg change its molecules once it gets heated. They have good example using an egg.

 When egg is raw, when egg is cooked, what you see is different visually and, protein molecules has changed its shape with heat.
 Since protein molecule change its shape when cooked, it is possible that dogs that are allergic to beef flavored dog food (cooked beef protein molecules) could do just fine when they were fed raw beef.

 When Palette was on kibble 4 years ago, I read in the dog magazine that keeping about 3 kinds of different flavor or brands, and rotate them is good, and she used to have 3-4 kinds of flavor/brands.

 If you do feed kibble to your furriends, rotating food might be good idea too.

 Palette is not on kibble anymore and she is on raw diet but I keep the principle learned from the article and, I feed wide variety of protein source.

 What is your furriend’s meal today?

 Today, she will have Buffalo and pheasant, and egg as dessert.

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