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Is your dog constantly scratching themselves but they do not have fleas?  Have you been to the vet and maybe even to specialists and been told the dog has allergies?  And what do most vets recommend?  Medication to stop the itching.

While that may stop the itching it does not address the CAUSE of the itching - the reason for the allergies.  Medication is a stop-gap, not a cure and not something you want your dog to be on for the rest of their life.

Now the vet says to try a different dog food - one with a 'novel' protein (meaning one the dog hasn't had before).  That is becoming quite the catch-phrase - novel protein.  Try something the dog has never had before - sounds good, right?

So, you were feeding Joe's Big Dog Chicken and Rice and decide to switch to Happy Dog's Lamb and Rice.  After all, lamb is a different protein - one your dog has never had before.  But the dog keeps itching.

So you go one step farther - you switch to Premium Farms Elk and Rice formula.  What's the chance your dog has EVER had Elk before?  But still they itch!!  Why??

Chicken and Rice
Lamb and Rice
Elk and Rice


Are you seeing the problem yet?  No?  Well, what about these foods (which are REAL commercial kibble formulas):

Fish and Sweet Potato
Duck and Oatmeal
Venison and Rice


Now do you see it?  All the above foods might have different proteins but they all have one thing in common - a main ingredient that is a carbohydrate.

Rice, Brown Rice, Whole Grain Wheat, Potatoes, Oatmeal, Barley, Corn, Corn Gluten Meal - these are ALL carbohydrate based foods and the most likely cause of allergic reactions in dogs.  Even the really GOOD commercial kibbles have suspect ingredients.  Innova has flax seed.  Flax, Alfalfa and Kelp are also high on the list of allergy triggers.  So, with so many possible triggers in one bag how can you switch from one food to another to try to rule out certain ingredients?

You can't.  In a normal elimination diet you remove one thing and see if the dog's symptoms improve.  If the dog's food has 15 ingredients you many NEVER hit on the correct ingredient or combination of ingredients.

Instead, I recommend the IID - Ingredient Inclusion Diet Plan.  Start with ONE SINGLE ingredient.  Feed that for 2-4 weeks and see how the dog reacts.  If the symptoms go away - great!  That is one ingredient the dog can handle.  If the symptoms remain - you can put that ingredient on the list of NO foods and try a different ingredient.

Once you find ONE ingredient the dog can handle you add a second.  Again, allow 2-4 weeks for the dogs system to determine if it can handle that ingredient or not.  This way you will be building a list of YES foods quickly, instead of trying to figure out which of many ingredients are the NO foods.

One of the services I offer is to create a custom IID plan for your dog.  Check out the Services page for more details.

.A true story of a dogs battle with allergies can be seen on Sparks page

Last Updated (Monday, 27 December 2010 14:58)