Features March 2015 Issue

Will Your Allergic Dog Benefit From a Food-Elimination Trial?

Dogs with year-round allergies, characterized by whole-body itching (and resulting chewing, scratching, and rubbing) are likely to be allergic to something in their diet. A food elimination trial can help identify the problem ingredients so you can avoid buying and feeding diets that contain them.

Will Your Allergic Dog Benefit From a Food-Elimination Trial?

Dogs whose allergies are suspected to be related to their diet will benefit from a food-elimination trial.

When your dog itches, you know it. That relentless licking, scratching, chewing Ė anything he can do to relieve the itch. He seems obsessed, and he probably is. Whatever you do, donít ignore this problem (as if you could!). Incessant scratching and chewing may indicate food allergy. Heíll constantly tear into any place on his body that he can reach with his teeth or claws. You may see ugly hair loss. Until you find the cause, this problem will go from bad to worse.

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