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There are many buzzwords in the dog food industry these days. Many dog food brands make sky high promises that they end up struggling to keep. Each packet and brand of dog food claims to be better for the health of your pet than the other. We can all admit that the dog food industry has grown remarkably from what it used to be 40 years ago. This is mainly because people are requesting better food for their dogs.
What we as pet-owners need to keep in mind is that sometimes, food manufacturers and marketing heads can use clever gimmicks and buzzwords to sell you in the idea of their food. It might not always be true.
What Is Limited Ingredient Dog Food?
Simply put, all it means that there is just one protein and one carbohydrate in the dog food. They were invented and modified for dogs with allergic reactions to normal ingredients in their diet. This way, of a vet wants to keep the dog on a limited ingredient diet, this is what the owner would turn to. The main idea was to get rid of all the unnecessary ingredients in your dog’s food and only feed him what’s necessary. This diet would also help in eliminating the allergen responsible for causing all these problems.
Once the allergen is completely gone from your dog’s system, you can try introducing new foods to him again little by little, to try and figure out what exactly is causing the allergic reactions.
What Should You Look For When Buying A Limited Ingredient Dog Food?
There are some important words that you should look for in a dog food that claims to be limited ingredient. These words are ‘complete and balanced’. The AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) requires the food to be labeled as such, “have the total nutrition to sustain your pet at his given life stage.”
To put that in layman’s terms would be to say that even though the food is limited ingredient, it still has all the minerals and nutrients – both micro and macro, that’s necessary for sustaining the health of a dog.
If it has those exact words, you won’t have to worry about whether it will sustain your pet with all the necessary nutrients and minerals.
Is Limited Ingredient Dog Food Right For Your Pet?
It’s difficult to know exactly which limited ingredient dog food to choose with all the different dog foods that are filling the dog food aisles. The best thing to do is talk to your vet about this. Chances are that he’s well learnt in this area and he can prescribe you the best limited ingredient food for your dog. Sometimes, you may not even need a limited food diet. Your vet may know exactly what is causing his allergic reactions by looking at his stool samples.
The most important thing to do before opting for a limited ingredient diet is to talk to your vet about it.