The most commonly used tool for the veterinary diagnosis of food allergies is the elimination diet, a time-consuming but effective method in which the cat’s daily diet is switched to either a limited ingredient commercial cat food or a specialized hypoallergenic food. Some cat owners may choose to feed their cat a homemade diet of unseasoned meats, although this should only be done with the advice of a feline nutritionist in order to ensure the cat gets the appropriate ratio of nutrients to best support their system. Elimination diets are frequently made up of novel ingredients which are defined as any proteins or carbohydrates that are not currently included the cat’s current diet, preferably ingredients that the animal has never been introduced to.
How to Heal Your Pet's Food Allergy
Anyways - it is much easier to do food trials with wet foods as it is much easier to find simple wet foods that don't contain multiple meat proteins and grains. Most cats are just fine with a chicken or turkey-based formula and those are especially easy to find, so I would try that first. Some good brands include Wellness, Merrick, Evo, Nature's Variety, & Nature's Logic. And of course you can try the limited ingredient foods that Natural Balance offers like the duck and green pea. The NB formulas are much better than the limited ingredient veterinary formulas. Common allergens in cats include grains, beef, and fish, so try to pick formulas that don't contain these ingredients.
Food Allergies in Cats with Dr. Jean Hofve - Floppycats
Dogs and cats with long-standing skin or gastrointestinal troubles may be suffering food allergy. Once you’ve dispelled , you’re ready to test. If you’re really serious about identifying a dietary allergen, forget expensive and unreliable blood tests, and go straight to a food elimination trial. If the response to this temporary diet is good, you’re already halfway to fingering the offending ingredient, excluding it, and solving your allergy problem. Unlike humans, who quickly grow bored and break dietary rules, pets often happily dine year-in, year-out, on the same old low-allergy diet.
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