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Allergy or Intolerance?

All too often we hear of pets having an allergy to a meat protein, whether that be Chicken, beef etc. But how do they know for sure? Commonly, pet owners change the food and the problem disappears, leading them to believe it was an allergy to begin with. Some protein allergies do exists, but the nutritional formulation and processing controls can vary widely amongst pet foods.

Eardley Hall recipes are formulated without artificial colours or preservatives.

What's the difference?

A true allergy is an immunological response to a protein allergen and can be seen in itchy skin, skin and ear infections and even hair loss. However, good reactions range from 1%-6% of all dematoses seen by veterinarian. Most true allergies seen in pets with skin disorders are due to fleas, dust mites, grasses, pollen and other environmental issues. If the immune system is truly compromised, flea insensitivity and dermatitis can be triggered.

How will you know?

Veterinary practices will be able to offer allergy testing in order to try and identify the potential causes for the clinical signs being seen. Although, most would suggest this has to be done by process of elimination, changing from one food (or one ingredient) to another. If the consumer is a typical consumer, they are feeding many treats, table scraps, dental products along with their complete and balanced food(s). A new food regime must be fed 45 to 60 days to completely allow the new food to be seen to be having an impact.

Eardley Hall Recipes

Our pet food recipes are formulated for everyday health and well being and often exclude ingredients which may cause unwanted intolerance’s including grains (i.e wheat and maize) as well as beef, chicken, soya, or dairy. Our recipes may able to assist with food intolerance’s as opposed to allergic reactions and are not classed as an allergenic pet foods.

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