Pets can have allergies to certain pet food ingredients or it can be environmental. If the issue is pet food then the key is determining which ingredient is causing symptoms such as excessive itching or hot spots. Pets can never be allergic to something they have never been exposed to, therefore you may hear of Lamb, Fish or Duck diets commonly being used as Hypo-Allergenic pet foods. However the pet can be allergic to substances other then meat proteins, therefore it is hard to determine which ingredient exactly is affecting the pet. We typically avoid the common animal proteins as well as diets with corn, wheat, soy and dairy. To find which ingredient is causing the reaction, it is important to use pet foods with a single animal protein.

Steps to determine allergies

Depending on the pet it can instantly change their situation with their symptoms or it may take as long as 4-8 weeks.

  1. If the pet is showing symptoms try a pet food that is a single animal protein diet (visit any of our locations for details).

  2. The pet should only be consuming the pet food during this 4-8 week trial. Be sure not to give the pet anything else such as chews, treats or table scraps. It is important that the pet is only ingesting one particular diet to confirm that the diet is or is not working for the pet.

  3. If the particular food is not working, move onto another rare protein. Again be sure not to introduce anything else to the pet during this time.

  4. If this has not improved the pet's symptoms then you may want to consider a pet food that does not contain any grains or glutens. There are also canned diets that use single proteins that may help you narrow down what may be causing the issue.