Tips for Pets on a Limited Diet
After months of itching and stomach upset, your pet is diagnosed with food sensitivities.
So, now what?
Having a pet with food intolerances or allergies can present a challenge to pet owners already trying to feed a healthy diet. Perhaps the dog is allergic to pork, beef, and chicken, and those are the only diets offered through their favorite pet food brand.
While some cases can be more challenging than others (because some pets are sensitive to more ingredients than others), there are some things to think about that may make the process a little more manageable.
Find a High-Quality Pet Food Brand with Versatility
The more ingredients your pet is intolerant to, the more you will need a quality brand of food that gives you the ability to customize and/or offers several limited ingredient diets. For example, The Honest Kitchen offers a Minimalist Dog Food line with only six ingredients and also base mixes that become complete, balanced diets by adding a meat source. Both are great candidates for sensitive pets.
Read All the Ingredients
Once you know your pet has food intolerances, make reading ingredients lists your new favorite pastime. Check everything your pet consumes—including supplements, treats, etc.—and read all the fine print and inactive ingredients, too. If you are unsure, contact the company and ask. Avoid impulse buying—you’ll want to make sure you know exactly what you’re giving your pet.
Keep a Food Journal
To help keep things organized, write down everything your pet eats on a daily basis. Also, note any bad reactions (and even positive reactions) to anything he ate. This can help you detect additional intolerances, and on the reverse side, may help you discover improvements down the line.
Consider Home Cooking as a Possibility
With the help of a pet nutrition expert, you can create balanced diets to suit your pet’s food restrictions. It’s not as difficult as it may seem if you have an expert to guide you through the process.
Keep Track of the Sensitivities
NutriScan Food Sensitivity & Intolerance Test can be a useful tool for diagnosing and keeping track of food sensitivities in your pet. Sensitivities can change, so it’s important to keep tabs. Food journaling can help here as well.
Having a pet on a limited diet can present some challenges—but it doesn’t have to be a constant struggle. Stay proactive and keep these things in mind to help your pet stay well-fed and satisfied.