Best Food for Dog Allergy Is...

December 17th, 2020 at 9:23 am EDT
Hello Friend,

Welcome to Thursday!

Ahhh.. to feed or not to feed?

That is one BIG question that I am constantly wrestling with.

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               Dry Food or Raw

This is a new study showing that Raw Pet Food may be far better for Dog Allergies as it affects genes that control the skin. 

Raw Food improves the skin immune defense ( ie stronger skin barrier), and has the skin produce more natural anti-inflammatories to counteract the itching seen in allergy.

Here is some of the study

Dry food or raw? Diet affects skin gene expression in both healthy and atopic dogs

Date: November 13, 2020
Source: University of Helsinki

Researchers from the University of Helsinki, Finland, examined 48 Staffordshire Bull Terriers, of which eight dogs -- four healthy and four atopic -- were selected for RNA sequencing where their skin gene expression was compared between both atopic and healthy dogs as well as between dogs that ate dry food or raw food.

The diet appears to make a great difference in skin gene expression.

...dietary intervention is extremely important for actual differences in gene expression to emerge," says researcher Johanna Anturaniemi from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki.

 Raw food appeared to activate the skin's immune defence system as well as the expression of genes that increase antioxidant production or that have anti-inflammatory effects.

In terms of puppyhood, the researchers consider a particularly important finding the fact that the immune defence of dogs whose diet is based on raw food is activated. 

What is known is that in people suffering from atopic dermatitis the development of immunity has been disturbed and that diverse exposure to microbes in childhood reduces the risk of becoming atopic.

Skin Barrier

The differences in skin gene expression between atopic and healthy dogs highlighted the possibility of deficiencies in the lipid metabolism and keratinocyte proliferation of atopic individuals. 

Both hold a key role in the normal functioning of the skin barrier.

Additionally, the expression of genes that boost the formation of new blood vessels, a phenomenon known to be associated with the inflammatory response of the skin, was seen to have increased in atopic dogs. 

The findings support those made in prior studies.

The dietary intervention trial on Staffordshire Bull Terriers was carried out at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki. 
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P.S. So do you RUSH out and start feeding Raw? 

Well IF you have an allergic dog, or a dog prone to allergy, then you should be considering it.

I am now going to be feeding more Raw to my Dog Tula

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DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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