Known pet food allergies or food sensitivities
Does your pet have a reaction when fed certain foods? The most common reactions to food allergies are itching, dry or flaky skin, repeated warm or infected ears, or loose stools.
Some of these symptoms can also be associated with fleas or environmental allergens. They are among the most difficult to definitively diagnose, but some simple steps can often put you on the path to solving these issues.
The first step is to rule out a flea allergy. If your pet has fleas, use an organic flea shampoo and flea comb to eliminate them. If you’ve got carpet or upholstered furniture, use a borate based powder to threat these surfaces. Keep in mind that for every flea you find on your pet, there are likely dozens elsewhere in the environment and hundreds, if not thousands, of eggs. Simply treating your pet may not be effective.
Once you’ve established that fleas are not the source of the problem, it’s time to begin playing with your food. The history of what you’ve fed will behelpful here as well. Take a look at the ingredients list of your current food. Is the protein source (meat) the same as what you’ve been feeding for awhile?
More times than not, it will be the meat protein source that is the primary source of a sensitivity. Wheat, corn, or soy may also be contributing factors, but it is the meat that makes the most difference.
If you’re happy with the brand of food you’re feeding, try switching to a different formula made with a different meat. If that does not lead to a better result, it’s time to consider other manufacturer’s alternatives.
If your new protein source still causes problems, consider moving to a “clean” or “hypo-allergenic” formula. These foods contain a single protein source, and very limited additional ingredients.We’ll be happy to talk with you about the options for your specific circumstances.