Friday, May 17, 2019

Chicken Allergies In Pets

Chicken is an inexpensive, tasty source of protein that works well for many pets. However, for some pets, it can be a huge allergen affecting their immune systems in the same way that gluten and dairy can affect people. For example, cats can develop an autoimmune condition called feline stomatitis (aka tooth plaque allergy) and every time they eat chicken, if allergic, they are reacting to it, making their symptoms worse. The diet for feline stomatitis should be hypoallergenic.   Similarly, many dogs with IBS could be experiencing digestive problems as a result of the chicken. What’s a pet owner to do? Talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s diet and consider slowly transitioning to a “novel protein” that you haven’t tried before such as rabbit or venison. Results don’t happen immediately as it takes time for the inflammation to subside but many pets show great improvement once diet changes are made.  To learn more about cat and dog food allergies in pets, please click here