1. “If your pet has a skin condition, it’s probably a food allergy”
Allergy symptoms can mimic the symptoms of other skin disorders. There are a variety of factors that can cause allergies. In fact, only a small percentage of allergic skin conditions are caused by diet. Environmental allergens and insect bites are more common contributing factors. If an allergy is suspected, consult your veterinarian.
2. “Chicken is a big contributor to food allergies”
Chicken is often singled out, but other proteins are just as likely to cause allergies. While proteins are the most common food allergens in domestic pets, a wide range of protein or carbohydrate sources can evoke a food allergy.
3. “Wheat or grain-free diet is superior”
Many people believe that grain-free food is superior because wheat causes food allergies. In fact, in certain diets, the protein found in the grain is often more digestible than that found in meat.
4. “Corn is a poorly digested filler that causes allergies”
Corn is actually a rare allergen in pets that causes no more food allergies than any other grain. Most grains are of poor digestibility before they are cooked. The protein from cooked corn is more digestible than that of rice, barley and wheat. It is a great source of essential fatty acids as well.
5. “Organic, Natural and Holistic diets are better for pets”
No studies support this theory. There are no strict regulations in the manufacturing of organic pet food. It is more beneficial to look for the AAFCO statement to confirm that brand ‘X’ food “is formulated to meet the AAFCO nutritional levels established by the AAFCO nutrient profiles or a statement that animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiates that brand ‘X’ provides complete and balanced nutrition.