The Best Food Options for Your Dog with Allergies | petMD

As with food allergy in dogs, an elimination diet should be fed for up to 3 mo.
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After a year of research, I began feeding my dogs a homemade raw diet in December 1998. At the time, I had two dogs who suffered from environmental allergies, and one dog (Piglet) on Rimadyl for arthritis. To my surprise, within three months one of my dogs became completely allergy-free, and Piglet no longer needed Rimadyl for arthritis pain. The third dog improved, but continued to have some problems with allergies.
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If there was a reaction, go back to the hypoallergenic diet the dog did not react on for 2 weeks, then try a different protein. Keep in mind, it could be the carb the dog is reacting to – some dogs even react to rice. Switch up everything, two weeks at a time, until you find 3-4 proteins and 2-3 carbs that don’t produce an allergic reaction. Find Allergy Diet For Dogs. Search Faster, Better & Smarter at ZapMeta Now!
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Certainly, some owners are unable or unwilling to cook for their pet for the period necessary. In such cases, the dermatology service at UC Davis uses commercially available limited-antigen diets. For dogs these would include Purina LA (salmonid); Iams FP (fish and potato) and KO (kangaroo and oats); IVD duck, venison, whitefish, or rabbit plus potato; Hills D/D (duck or fish and rice); or Waltham fish and rice. For cats, these would include IVD duck, venison, or rabbit plus potato; Hills D/D feline; or Iams lamb and barley. Another option for animals who already have been fed many foods, or whose dietary history is unknown, is the use of hydrolyzed protein diets, in which the protein source is hydrolyzed to small molecular weights, thus avoiding the body’s “immunologic radar.” Such foods include Purina HA (hydrolyzed soy), Hills Z/D, or DVM Exclude. Use of a commercially prepared diet will give an approximately 90% chance of determining a food allergy; however, none of these diets will work for all animals, and failure of an animal to improve on such a diet may warrant trying another one, or a home-cooked diet in another trial.Your dog’s skin is itching, perhaps to the point that he may even be licking his paws or chewing on his feet. Or he keeps vomiting or having diarrhea. It must be a food allergy, you think to yourself, so you put him on a special diet. But it doesn’t work. Frustrated, you try other food combinations, finally bringing him to the veterinarian for help in figuring out which ingredient is causing the allergic reaction.Food elimination trials are best performed by using a limited ingredient, home prepared diet. The reason for this is so you know exactly what is going into the food. Most home-prepared trial diets are not balanced for long term use, we only for them for the diagnosis of food allergy. For dogs, a meat source (like rabbit or pork) is fed with potatoes as a carbohydrate source in a 1 part meat to 2 parts carbohydrates, with added oil like coconut or sunflower. Home prepared diets should not be used long term without consulting a board-certified veterinary nutritionist or a website like . Once a food allergy is diagnosed, then we work to balance the diet while avoiding allergens or we find a commercial diet that is tolerated. For cats and puppies, rabbit is very deficient in amino acids, even when raw. Pork is an option, but cats can be quite picky if they are not accustomed to a non-kibble food. I recommend commercial diets for cats and growing dogs.But the fact is that most of the incessant itching and scratching seen in some dogs is the result of atopy — allergies not to food but to airborne substances hanging around the environment, including pollen, mold, and dust mites. When allergic people breathe in those substances, they end up with runny noses, watery eyes, sneezing, and congestion. When allergic dogs breathe them in or walk through them (and perhaps lick them off), they itch; the problem plays out largely on their skin. They often get ear infections as well. And since you can’t simply remove the offending environmental substances from the dog’s world, treating allergic reactions to them may involve administering medicines to the dog and other treatments for the rest of his life — a more involved plan than simply changing the diet. (Refer to the March 2013 issue of Your Dog for specifics.)