The Link Between Gut Health and Allergies
Over 25% of all dogs in the United States are affected by allergies. It is commonly thought of that allergic reactions are symptoms of being exposed to things such as dust, pollen, grass, certain types of food, fleas, etc. Sadly, allergies seem to be the scapegoat answer of many medical professionals to explain away these symptoms. This is unfortunate because the suggested solutions all attack the indications rather than the root cause – gut health. Generally, gut health is a delicate balancing of the factors that make up a dog’s digestive system. The gut’s role in health is complex, but it is a simple truth that a well-functioning gut leads to better health overall.
In general, allergic reactions manifest themselves as itchy, red skin, runny eyes, ear infections, sneezing and in more serious cases, vomiting and diarrhea. You may notice that your pet is rubbing up against the couch or licking their feet. Dogs can be allergic to many things and sometimes it is tough to pin down exactly what the trouble is. Your vet may tell you to change shampoos, food, give you medications, but these remedies tend to only cover up the problem instead of unraveling it. Wouldn’t it be great if there was something simple you could do to solve these issues for good?
The Gut/Skin Connection
The gut/skin connection has been researched as far back as the 1930’s. Chris Kresser, a globally recognized leader in the field of nutrition and functional and integrative medicine, says that if you heal the gut, you will heal the skin. Since the gut is what processes food, then it is correct to assume that your dog’s diet will have an impact on their skin and coat. This connection is shown in a scenario that we hear a lot in the dog world. “Look how healthy my dog is – his coat is so shiny!” This is a connection that many people make, when in reality this “healthy sheen” actually comes from the fat sources in highly processed food diets. The companies who manufacture most dog food use rendered chicken fat and similar ingredients to boost calorie density, and it is secreted out of the dog’s skin as their body works to remove it. This oil discharge gets on the dog’s coat and causes a shiny appearance that some people equate with heath. This fat excretion actually causes skin issues such as clogged pores, and becomes a breeding ground for fungus and bacteria to thrive.
Allergic symptoms in dogs such as dermatitis, hives, etc… all have connections to gut health. Dr. Kressler, along with other experts, point out that poor gut health draws connections to allergies/food intolerances due to inflammation responses of dietary ingredients in the intestines; more specifically, the cells that make up the lining of the intestinal tract. This response to sub-par nutrition creates an immune response that, in turn, causes all of these symptoms and another cycle of intolerance and ailments is born.
Using Better Nutrition To Break The Allergy Cycle
What we feed our dogs truly impacts their health. If you want to break this cycle, you have to make better nutrition more than a lifestyle, but a mindset. Providing all of these amazing benefits to your dog – increased energy, stronger immunity and more – can be as easy as changing your dog’s food. Rogue Pet Feed Origins Canine Supplement is a scientifically formulated whole food supplement that optimizes your dog’s gut health by providing a balance of nutrients that is species-appropriate, nutrient rich and corrects gut pH to create the ideal digestive environment.
Rogue’s mission is to provide an affordable, organic and high-quality product that optimizes your dog’s health and simplifies your life. Origins costs $0.44 or less per serving and packs 17 grams of whole fish protein, 20 amino acids, 10 minerals and 3 vitamins into each ¼ cup. It is also made in an Organic certified facility with multiple ISO certifications to allow 100% traceability of its ingredients. When you buy Rogue Pet Feed’s Origins Canine Supplement, you can be assured that you are getting the best product at the best price possible that actually does what it says it’s going to do – help you give your dog the life they deserve.
Nathan Dewsbury, (part-time scientist and full-time field-specialist) is founder and CEO of Rogue Pet Feed. He’s spent 15 years working in the global animal health markets, feed manufacturing, and is passionate about animal nutrition education. Nathan is a two-time Texas A&M graduate, an accomplished dog trainer, and a published author in canine genetics. When he’s not working he can be found exploring the outdoors with his wife Stacy and their son Wyatt where he enjoys spending time training dogs to work livestock.