Chicken Fat and Allergies
We frequently have customers concerned about the presence of chicken fat in pet foods. They have pets believed to be allergic or that show sensitivity to chicken proteins. That is the key point….protein is the normal component that is responsible for causing an allergic reaction. And chicken fat contains virtually no protein component. Note this from Fromm:
Chicken fat is a quality source of essential fatty acids and an excellent source of energy. Fat has a positive effect on the immune system and plays a beneficial role in stress response. Essential fatty acids are required for proper growth, reproduction, normal skin structure, and a healthy coat. Because chicken fat contains virtually no protein, its use does not cause allergic reactions associated with the use of fresh chicken or chicken meal, both of which contain high amounts of protein.
That being said if you are still concerned about anything that says “chicken” we do have alternatives!