Health & Nutrition | Dogs | March 31, 2020

Novel Proteins in Dog Food

Dog Food Causing Issues?

Could your trusted companion be suffering from food sensitivities? Here are some signs to look out for:
• Chronic diarrhea
• Vomiting
• Loose stools
• Itchy rashes
• Chronic ear infections

Learn  More: Food Allergies and Intolerances in Dogs

How Novel Proteins Can Help

Protein is the component in food that is the primary cause for dietary intolerance. If your dog suffers from any of the above symptoms, changing to a novel protein recipe may help.

Novel proteins are proteins your dog has not eaten before, which greatly reduces the chance of an adverse reaction.

In recent years, pet food companies have sourced an amazing array of novel meat proteins such as:
• Duck
• Turkey
• Venison
• Bison
• Kangaroo
• Rabbit
• Quail
• Ostrich

Read More: How Much Protein Should Pet Food Contain?

The introduction of a single source, novel animal protein diet, such as GO! SOLUTIONS™ SENSITIVITIES Limited Ingredient Pollock Recipe, may help to alleviate your dog’s symptoms. Lamb used to be considered a novel protein source, but in the past twenty years or so it has become a common pet food ingredient. However, lamb may work for dogs who have not been previously exposed to it.

Many pet owners confuse protein with meat, when in reality protein comes from plant-based ingredients as well. When different plant proteins are used in combination, they can provide all of the essential amino acids dogs require and can be excellent solutions for dogs with meat protein sensitivities. Trying different sources of protein can help to determine whether your dog is reacting to meat proteins or those in the plant-based ingredients in his food.

After introducing a novel protein to your dog, allow enough time for him to adjust to it so you can see if the new protein is helping alleviate the symptoms.

Six or eight weeks is a good time span to be able to judge whether the new food agrees with your dog.

In some cases, your dog may also be reacting to an environmental allergen, and this can complicate the process to narrow down the cause of the problem.

Elimination Diets

For more complex issues, an elimination diet can help to try and figure out exactly what the sensitivity is. Please check out this article to learn how an elimination diet can help when it comes to food sensitivities or allergies.

Read More: What is the Best Way to Transition Pets to New Foods?

If you have any questions about novel proteins, our Nutrition Specialists are here to help. You can reach us at 1.866.864.6112 or [email protected].