Why dogs develop food allergies

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Photo by Suzanne Philips

We found this piece by Suzanne Phillips, posted on The Retriever, Dog, & Wildlife Blog very interesting and worth the read.

Guest Post: Suzanne Phillips: Why dogs develop food allergies « The Retriever, Dog, & Wildlife Blog.

Ms. Phillips talks about dogs and what causes their food allergies.  Although  I am not a fan of heavy Carb diets for dogs (or people for that matter), she makes some great points about proteins and carbs as they relate to allergies.  Here is a snippet:

When we say a dog is allergic to a food, what that actually means is that they are allergic to one or more proteins contained in that food. A dog is not allergic to “corn”, they are allergic to one or more proteins contained in the corn. This is a huge misconception when it comes to food allergies. It’s not helped by the fact that researchers never study individual proteins, only ingredients, so as short hand they always refer to allergens by their source. Hence, a dog is said to have an allergy to “chicken”, even though it’s only a tiny fraction of the muscle meat that’s actually causing a problem.

Let me repeat that, because some people have a hard time overcoming this: allergies are not caused by carbohydrates, starch, or fats. The vast majority of food allergens are large, water-soluble glycoproteins measuring between 10,000 and 70,000 Daltons.

Protein, protein, protein.

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