A new trend in pet food is emerging with the proliferation of limited-ingredient pet foods on the market. These foods are being marketed to pet owners with dogs or cats that have exhibited sensitivities to specific foods in their diets. While a few pets truly do have allergies to many foods and might benefit from a limited-ingredient diet, the majority of dogs and cats will thrive on high-quality foods that contain a variety of healthy nutrient sources, but that don’t contain the ingredients known to be common allergens for pets.
More Pet Food Ingredients = More Natural Nutrients
Eating a healthy diet with a variety of foods is not just good for humans; it’s good for our pets, too. In the wild, animals eat their entire prey. Natural carnivores eat the meat, but also the bones and intestines, including the grains and vegetation previously consumed by the prey.
A wide range of whole food ingredients provide pets with an abundance of naturally occurring nutrients: Proteins, vitamins, minerals, fiber, probiotics, enzymes, antioxidants, co-factors, phytonutrients, and more. The natural synergies and increased bioavailability of these extra nutrients ensure the best possible nutrition for your pet. Using a variety of whole foods to supply natural nutrients means Nature’s Logic does not have to add chemically-synthesized vitamins and minerals to their foods. All the nutrition pets need instead comes from the food itself.
Limited Variety in Pet’s Diet May Lead to Allergies
Limited exposure to different foods may actually contribute to future food allergies in dogs and cats. Some experts believe that the reason so many pets have sensitivities to corn is that it has been overwhelming used as a major ingredient in pet food since the early days of commercial pet food production. Chicken is another ingredient that today’s pets may be finding harder to consume, after decades of it being the predominant protein in commercial pet foods. For tips to help you recognize the signs of food allergies in pets and avoid them, check out this blog article: http://natureslogic.blogspot.com/2011/09/tips-for-recognizing-and-avoiding-food.html.
High quality pet foods now offer non-traditional, animal-protein sources like venison, sardine, duck, lamb, and others. Varying the proteins in your pet’s diet on a regular basis not only supplies him with a wider variety of amino acids and other nutrients, it may actually help avoid your pet becoming allergic to any one protein.
Instead of Limited-Ingredient Pet Foods, Simply Avoid Known Allergens
For most dogs and cats it is not necessary to limit the number of ingredients. Instead, pet parents can simply select a pet food that does not contain the culprit they’ve determined their pet cannot tolerate, or those most common allergens for pets. Pet food ingredients that most often lead to allergic reactions in pets are wheat, corn, rice, and soy.¹ Most high-quality pet foods do not contain these, but read the labels carefully to be sure.
Most dogs and cats can benefit from a good internal cleansing by eating a high-quality raw pet food, or a truly natural canned or dry food without synthetic ingredients or ingredients that can cause allergic reactions. Nature’s Logic is the first and only full-line, commercial pet food with no chemically-synthesized nutrients. All of the vitamins and minerals in our dry, canned and raw formulas are derived from food. Our foods contain no gluten, wheat, corn, soy, rice, potato or tapioca. More information about pet food ingredients may be found at www.natureslogic.com.