Lots of people out there have critters who they’ve been told are “allergic” to certain pet foods, including some that are present in our cat and dog food recipes. Literally hundreds have told me that their vet, or an allergy “specialist” told them that their pet was allergic to corn, wheat, rice, or even meat. Partly I find it funny, considering that I don't know of any nature specialist who has found wolves or bobcats running around with meat and grain allergies. However, there is a very good answer to these problems -- and it isn't lamb and rice.
Lamb and rice is what a conventional vet will put a dog on when they think they have a dog food allergy problem. That's because lamb and rice are basically the two most bland and easy-to-digest foods out there. It’s an avoidance solution where the dog is limited to only a couple of things to eat for the rest of its live. The holistic view of course is to look at dog food allergies, and find out why they're there. That’s where our natural dog food comes in.
From what we know, dogs, and some cats, typically do not naturally produce the correct enzymes to break down certain foods, like wheat and corn. When you take a feed-quality source of wheat and corn, and then cook and process the heck out of it -- the naturally-occurring enzymes in the corn and wheat are destroyed, leaving the dog’s digestive system on its own to attempt to break those foods down. Without that natural enzyme, a lot of dogs will have a problem trying to do this, which typically manifests itself with dry skin, sores, diarrhea, and other problems resulting from dog food allergies.
However, if you feed human-quality grains found in human-grade dog food, and you leave them raw, as we do with our raw dog food -- the enzyme will remain intact, and there will be no dog food allergies associated with the corn and wheat. Our dog food doesn't contain wheat, corn, or soy. And as far as the grains that we do use (oats, rye, barley, and quinoa) we offer a money-back guarantee to people who claim their critters have allergies.
The bottom line is, we wouldn’t put grains in our Sojos Original mix if we didn’t think that they were important to our recipes. That food has been around since 1985 with consistently amazing results. And if you do have a dog that you're convinced can't tolerate grains, there's always our Sojos Grain-Free mix. But we find that in general people have good results with ALL of our foods, and once people understand the role of enzymes in the allergy problem, everyone is much happier, and better informed.