Features February 2012 Issue

Finding the Right Pre-Mixed Diet for Dogs with Food Allergies

Deborah Allen and her guide dog, Hartford, participating in the 2011 “Race to Robie,” a half-marathon, in Boise, Idaho.

Finding the Right Pre-Mixed Diet for Dogs with Food Allergies

Using a pre-mix for dogs with allergies: It’s good, but the fats need some balancing.

Deborah Allen, of Boise, Idaho, feeds a dog food diet that combines a commercial pre-mix with raw ground turkey to her two Labrador Retrievers: Hartford, a highly active, 6-year-old working guide dog who weighs 76 pounds; and Lily, a moderately active, 14-year-old retired guide dog who weighs 53 pounds. Their veterinarian says both dogs are healthy, but they have begun losing weight and developing skin problems in the last few months. Hartford is about 4 pounds and Lily about two pounds under their ideal weights.

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