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Sensitivity in cats and dogs

06/10/2015

Sensitive, itchy skin and upset stomachs, even recurrent ear infections can all be manifestations of an adverse food reaction, resulting in uncomfortable and unhappy cats and dogs.


Our range of Sensitive recipes have all been developed with these pets in mind and are based on the dynamic duo for sensitivity – ocean white fish and potato.


Potato is included as a more ‘gentle’ energy source due to its high digestibility and as an alternative carbohydrate source to rice or grains.


White fish has a great taste, is packed with B vitamins and is a good source of minerals. It is exceptionally easy to digest and has a low antigenicity, meaning that it is less likely to provoke an allergic reaction. It contains high levels of the beneficial omega 3 fatty acids which have natural anti-inflammatory properties, and may therefore help in cases where the skin or digestive tract has become irritated. With long-term use, omega 3s may also improve allergy thresholds, and can be helpful in cases of both dietary allergies and atopic reactions (environmental allergies; e.g. to dust mites, grass pollen).


Ness Bird RVN, animal nutrition advisor says “Our ‘Sensitive’ recipes are a fantastic example of the Arden Grange standard. All are grain-free and ideally suited for dogs and cats with a delicate digestion and/or sensitive skin. They represent naturally hypoallergenic, wholesome products that are nourishing as well as supportive to the digestion and immune systems - so even a sensitive animal can achieve optimal health and vitality.”


As with all Arden Grange products, the Sensitive recipes are free from the main ingredients known to provoke adverse food reactions in dogs and cats – *wheat gluten, beef, soya and dairy products. They are also free from any artificial colourings and flavourings and are preserved naturally with a combination of mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) and rosemary. None of the ingredients in the recipes are genetically modified.


Combine this with ‘phasing out’ of some of the potentially provocative ingredients commonly used in treats and tid-bits (as these might also be contributing towards the problem) and you may have your solution.


For more information on canine and feline nutrition, food allergies and dietary intolerance, please do not hesitate to contact our nutrition advisers on 01273 833390 (during normal office hours) who will be happy to help.

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