What are Hypoallergenic Proteins for Insect-based Pet Food
Pet food can cause allergies because some proteins in pet food can be considered allergens. Proteins are often the main cause of food allergies in dogs and cats. Animals can develop an allergy to one or more proteins due to an immature sensitivity of the immune system, or because they are exposed to a protein over a long period of time.
The most common proteins that cause food allergies in pets are those of chicken, beef, lamb, pork, fish and eggs. However, proteins from soy, wheat and maize can also cause allergies in some animals.
In general, animals that have been fed a single protein diet for a long period of time are more susceptible to food allergies. In addition, animals with a genetic predisposition to allergies are more at risk of developing food allergies.
If you suspect that your pet has developed a food allergy, it is important to consult your vet for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. The vet can perform tests to determine whether the pet has a food allergy and, if necessary, perform an elimination diet to identify the specific allergen.
Once the source of the allergy has been identified, it is important to avoid that specific protein in the pet's diet. There are several pet foods available that use alternative proteins such as insect, potato or rice, which can be used to feed animals with food allergies.
Hypoallergenic proteins refer to proteins that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction in pets. In the context of insect-based pet food, hypoallergenic proteins would be proteins derived from insects that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction in pets. Some examples of insects that are used as a source of protein in pet food and considered hypoallergenic include black soldier fly larvae, crickets and mealworms. These insects are considered hypoallergenic because they are not commonly associated with causing allergic reactions in pets, and they are not closely related to common allergens like beef, chicken, and soy.