Whether your dog has a home-made diet or a novel protein diet from a dog food manufacturer, the aim is the same, to use a novel protein source (meat based) that the dog has not eaten before. This is because it is believed that it is the long term exposure to the same old protein (beef, chicken, wheat or whatever) that has created the allergic reaction.
Whether it be fish, venison, lamb, salmon, potato you need to know if your dog has been exposed to these before and how much and how long ago. Then again a dog might have a new allergy to a new protein, so this is no sure fire way of proving a food allergy or stopping one.
While most sites who gain money from dog food manufacturers will tell you how much easier it is to use a novel man made diet of pellets or wet food, the truth is the opposite is true. While a dog food maker will try and limit the ingredients in the pack, they often make other dog food on the same machines. Their food will also have potentially preservatives, coloring and a whole bunch of non raw meat additives that you can avoid with a true raw meat at home diet.
Dog food manufacturer Hydrolyzed Protein diets
A novel protein source for a dog is how all elimination diets for dogs are created. That is fine it just means giving a dog something they haven’t eaten before, meat or carbs.
A trickier solution is using a “hydrolyzed protein” that means a dog diet that is made using a single protein source that is specially processed to break the structure of the protein down into multiple, tiny particles that the immune system will not recognize as an allergen.
The reason that it has been deemed as safe is that this method has been used for years in human baby formula to decrease food hypersensitivity.
How Hydrolyzed Protein diets work
The theory is that a hydrolyzed protein diet will disrupt the proteins within the regular dog diet sufficiently to remove existing allergens. If a dog is allergic to a big protein, break that protein down into smaller parts that the body cant recognize.
However it should be noted that Potential problem of a dog hydrolyzed diet are:
- poor palatability,
- hypo-osmotic diarrhea,
- and a reduced nutritional value,
- persistent allergic reaction to the new protein, which can compound the allergic responses
Hydrolyzed protein diets often feature chicken or soy as the protein source, with soy often preferred since few dogs have likely consumed soy protein as part of their former diet, so they are unlikely to be allergic to the soy protein.
The broken down SOY proteins are then paired with potato, rice or cornstarch as the carbohydrate sources .
” Hydrolysis breaks down the chicken into particles so small that, according to the research, the protein is no longer recognized by the immune system as an allergen. The benefit, it would seem, is you can still feed your pet food she’s allergic to, but the protein molecules have been processed in such a way that they trick the immune system.”
With the human altered food, the dogs body is not being returned to health it’s just being tricked into not responding to the food it has grown allergic to.
If you don’t like GM food, why would you give your dog the equivalent of GM dog food
Also note that the methods and chemicals used in the hydrolysis process don’t convert the protein into amino acids in the same natural way your pet’s body does.
If you want to solve a dogs allergy issues, find what they are allergic to and remove it.
Don’t cut up the proteins or mask the allergen.
Give the dog a meat diet, and if they are allergic to something in that, remove the specific meat.