Turkey is a highly nutritious animal sourced protein for dogs. It is rich in riboflavin, phosphorus, choline, zinc, selenium, niacin, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12 and Taurine. The protein source is important for the health of the dog. Animal sourced proteins (meat and eggs) are what your dog is designed by Mother Nature to eat, and are a natural source of Taurine which is natures defense for heart disease in dogs. Vegetable proteins (potatoes, etc) do not contain Taurine.
The normally suggested solution for allergies is to prescribe a food with a novel protein that the dog has not eaten before. A dog that has never had turkey wouldn't have developed an allergy to it. That would make it a good option to try if your dog has developed an allergy and is having problems with another formula.
Leaky Gut is the primary reason that dogs develop allergies to proteins. Leaky Gut occurs when partially digested proteins, which are random lengths of amino acids, leak through the gut wall and are identified by the immune system as invading pathogens. The system is designed to use individual amino acids, not chains of amino acids from partially digested proteins.
The permanent solution to allergies is to heal leaky gut so that partially digested proteins do not leak through the gut wall into the bloodstream causing the immune system to treat them as a new allergen. The system is designed to absorb individual amino acids, but when chains of amino acids from partially digested proteins get through the gut wall they are labeled by the immune system as invading pathogens. Eventually, if the Leaky Gut condition is not resolved, the system has an "allergic" reaction to the protein.
Things that can cause Leaky Gut are high glycemic carbohydrates in the dog food (potatoes, grain, sugar), overuse of antibiotics, or overgrowth of Candida from too many carbohydrates in the food.
Things that help heal Leaky Gut are dog foods with high amounts of animal sourced protein, low carbohydrates, added probiotics to keep Candida in check, long chain probiotics to feed the healthy bacteria in the gut, digestive enzymes to help the complete breakdown of the proteins into individual amino acids, and elimination of steroids and antibiotics as much as possible.
Some dogs can make the transition to the new food easily. Other require the transition to be stretched over a week. This allows your pets digestive system time to adjust to any new ingredients and will help ensure a smooth transition. To help you with the switch and dog food transition, refer to the schedule below.
- Day 1 - Start with 20% of the new food mixed with 80% of the old food.
- Day 2 - Mix 40% of the new food with 60% of the old food.
- Day 3 - Mix 60% of the new food with 40% of the old food.
- Day 4 - Mix 80% of the new food with 20% of the old food.
- Day 5 - Feed 100% of the new food.