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Novelty Protein Dog Food's

Updated on November 3, 2014

I recently had to make a trip to the vet due to my dog having a bad dermatitis (skin) issue near his belly and paws. To shorten things up the vet suggested that I feed a "Novelty Protein Dog Food" and explained what the options out there are and what to look for. Oddly enough he did not recommend any of the, not so healthy Science Diet (Hills) dog foods that most vet offices carry and are paid to sell. So I went home and did my research.

What are novelty proteins?

  • Rabbit
  • Duck
  • Venison
  • Salmon
  • Pork
  • Kangaroo

Novelty proteins are basically a not so common protein or meat. If you were to take a look at all dog foods on the market, the most common meat source in dog food would be chicken. The reason being is because chicken is a cheap yet still a decent source of protein. The next would be beef, turkey and then lamb.

Now I'm not saying that chicken, beef, turkey, or lamb are bad ingredients but if your dog has food allergies then the best bet is to stay away from them. Most likely your dog has had these common protein sources and the best way to see what your dog is having reactions to is to use the process of elimination. Start with a novelty protein that your dog has never had and if possible eliminate grains. Again, not that grains are bad but the process of elimination will narrow down the results.


After all the in-depth research I did, I came up with two dog food companies that are high rated grain free dog foods with novelty proteins containing no cheap fillers or bi-products. Also the options are all limited ingredients so they are very simple making it easier on the dogs skin, and less chances of having negative reactions.

  • California Natural

California Natural is manufactured by a company called Natura. Made in Fremont Nebraska at a state of the ark, A.I.B. certified plant. They make a salmon formula, venison formula, pork formula, and even a kangaroo formula. The best part of California Natural is that all their formulas are simple and pure with very few ingredients.

Here is the link to buy from CLICK HERE

  • Natural Balance Dog Food

Natural balance is created by Dick Van Patten and is manufactured in the USA. They have a wide variety of L.I.D.'s (limited ingredient diets) that offer a rabbit formula, duck formula, venison formula, bison formula, and a kangaroo formula.

Here is the link to buy from CLICK HERE

I hope this has helped you and your dog as I know how heart breaking it can be to see your best friend uncomfortable and itch in pain all the time. Please feel free to comment and share your story of your dog or dogs and what issues they have regarding skin allergies. Thanks for reading!

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      wandrfishreviews 3 years ago

      Your welcome. I hope it helps.

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      J.Long 3 years ago

      Thanks for doing the research. I never new I was feeding a not so good food till now.

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      Karen Shultz 3 years ago

      Great information. I have a Pit Bull who has really bad skin issues and I am gonna try the California Natural Venison. He was on Blue Buffalo grain free chicken but he still itches. Thanks for the info.