Attention all canine foodie enthusiasts! Get ready to bark with excitement as we dive into the science behind the ON!ST vegan pet food revolution. Hold on to your tails, because on this page you will find the almighty overview on all the scientific knowledge that we sourced regarding allergy prevention. Basically we're serving up a feast of knowledge that'll have you wagging your tail in no time.
01 meat most common allergy aggressor
In dogs and cats, after a period of dietary restriction leading to the complete remission of clinical signs, food challenges to diagnose CAFR should begin with beef and dairy products, the most commonly recognized food allergens in these two species.
Link to article: Mueller RS, Olivry T, Prélaud P. Critically appraised topic on adverse food reactions of companion animals (2): common food allergen sources in dogs and cats. BMC Vet Res. 2016 Jan 12;12:9.
02 synthetics and meat are the root causes of pet allergies
The prevalence of companion animal allergies is increasing, possibly due to the widespread use of artificial dyes, flavorings, preservatives, stabilizers, and adulterated slaughterhouse products in commercial meat-based pet foods. According to veterinarian and allergy expert Dr. Alfred Plechner, animal products are the primary cause of allergic reactions in pets, with beef being the most common allergen for both cats and dogs. Switching to another commercial meat-based pet food typically doesn't resolve the issue because of the similarity of ingredients used. To address these allergies, several meat-free prescription diets have been developed that incorporate novel vegetarian protein sources. The most common symptom of a food allergy in companion animals is itching, although other symptoms such as vomiting, coughing, or wheezing can also occur.
Link to book : Alfred J et al. (1986), pet allergies: remedies for an epidemic. Very Healthy Enterprises. 1st edition.
03 top 10 pet food allergies: beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb, soy, pork, rabbit and fish
The top 10 allergens for dogs are beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb, soy, pork, rabbit and fish. Of which the two plant food allergens "soy" and "wheat" van be explained because in almost all cases soy is highly processed and genetically modified and wheat is likely to come from moldy, stale, infested, or low nutrient discards from the food industry. Not comparable to whole, fresh prepared grains and legumes on which dogs and cats do thrive.
Link to book: Pitcairn, Richard & Pitcairn, Susan. Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats. Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press.1982: 28. p. 17.
04 preservatives cause allergies and worse
Standard practice is also to add preservatives to keep the dry food from spoiling for a long time such as ethoxyquin. Ethoxyquin is a chemical that was first developed for the use of insecticide and pesticide. Later also used in pet foods. The FDA received several reports that the chemical causes allergic reactions, skin problems, major organ failure, discoloring's of the liver, changing liver enzyme levels, behavior problems and cancer.
Link to book: Ann Martin (2001) Protect your pet. troutdale, OR: NewSage Press,11. p. 41.