What is a feed mites allergy?

Contrary to popular opinion, feed mites are not automatically a problem in dry dog food, and in this regard it is not necessary to distinguish between tinned and dry food.
In principle, both after the extrusion manufacturing procedure (the present-day common method of producing dry food) as well as after the manufacturing process of tinned food, the products are primarily free of mites.

Mites are arachnids that do not survive either kind of manufacturing process. For this reason mite contamination can only ensue in a secondary manner, e.g. by means of incorrect storage, moisture etc..
What is a much bigger problem for dogs and probably also the cause for the common, but incorrect, assumption that dry food is always contaminated with mites, is the metabolism products of mites, e.g. mite excrements or differing protein structures that are contained within mite-contaminated feed components. These metabolic products of the mites are not, or only partially, rendered harmless by the manufacturing process. And it is exactly these metabolic products and protein structures that frequently promote allergies or prevent allergies from subsiding.

What you should know....
Not the mites themselves promote allergies, or prevent them from subsiding, but rather their metabolic products, such as mite excrements and certain protein structures, which in part can also survive an optimal manufacturing process.

Mites are especially frequently contained in feed components that are manufactured on the basis of poultry products (due to the frequently processed mite-contaminated feathers) or, right from the outset, owing to mite-contaminated inferior wheat or other risk components that are used in the manufacturing process.

What you should know....
Whether or not dry food or tinned food primarily contains metabolic products of mites, is exclusively dependent on the kind of feed components used, and their quality.
With dry feed that is hygienic and consists of high-quality, mite-free components, such as e.g. Marengo, there is no risk of the feed containing metabolic products of mites.

For this reason, regardless of the type of food, Marengo dry dog food is also ideally suited for dogs suffering from a feed mite allergy and accordingly it is used with great success. The Marengo allergy concept successfully relies on high-quality feed components; food that contains no synthetic additives and a consistent elimination of allergens, also in the areas of keeping and care.
Changing to tinned food will not bring any benefits as long as the quality of the dry food is in order and a secondary contamination by means of proper storage, e.g. in a closed feed box, is excluded.
On the contrary, tinned food frequently increases the tendency toward allergies or the symptoms of an existing allergy, due to the frequently contained relatively high share of crude protein (generally 10-14%) and crude ash (more than 1.5%). Also the products that are frequently used as diet tinned food, with a crude protein content of between 3-6%, frequently display shares of animal and vegetable by-products which have a detrimental effect on dogs suffering from allergies.

If you would prefer to feed tinned food, we would recommend Marengo Bio Complete Beef. Thanks to its moderate share of crude protein of 7% and the extremely low-allergen organic components, Marengo Bio Complete Beef provides the optimal foundation for wet pet food, to be used by dogs suffering from allergies.
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