Dog foods are increasingly being offered with novel proteins. Find out why, and whether your dog could benefit from a switch to a diet using exotic protein.
Limited ingredient dog foods often contain novel meat proteins such as salmon, bison or duck and often just a single carbohydrate source, further reducing the likelihood of food allergies.
The previous section mentions the many different types of dog food including different variations on both dry and wet foods. There is one category that merits additional explanation – hypoallergenic dog food or novel protein dog food. These two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, though they are actually quite different.
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Venison is a game meat that is naturally lower in cholesterol and fat than other red meats. Our venison are raised on the lush pastures of New Zealand and are always free from antibiotics and steroids. Venison can be considered a novel protein since it is not used in most mass marketed dog foods. This makes it a great choice for dogs with allergies or a food sensitivity. Venison’s delicious flavor can tempt even the fussiest of dogs.A 2013 study from Europe looked at 12 limited-ingredient commercial foods intended for use in food elimination trials for dogs with adverse food reactions. Ten of the 12 foods studied contained ingredients of animal and fish origin that were not listed on the label. This means that your dog or cat may actually be consuming proteins that you are unaware of simply because they are not disclosed on the label. Then, when you switch your pet to a new novel protein diet containing this unlisted ingredient, it isn’t “novel” after all.Addiction uses free range New Zealand Venison, a meat that most dogs don’t have in their usual diet. We never use ingredients like corn, wheat or soy in our foods. High quality ingredients combined with novel proteins means relief for dogs with allergies or a food sensitivity.Let’s back up for a moment. Did you know that dogs can develop allergies to proteins in their food? When dogs develop food allergies, it’s often developed in response to a protein that a dog has already been exposed to (like chicken or beef). If this happens, you need to provide your pup with a different, novel protein source. Because your dog has probably not eaten kangaroo meat before, he is unlikely to experience an allergic reaction to it.