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Food allergies and Special Diets

Food allergies can develop over a long period of time, so your dog may begin to show symptoms years after being stable on the same diet! It can show as itchiness, licking, rubbing, ear infections, flatulence and more rarely vomiting, diarrhoea and sneezing. If your dog is already on a premium food the chances of developing a food allergy will be lessened, but dogs can be allergic to one simple ingredient and it is often a long and painful process to eliminate all of the possible culprits. This is something you should seek your vet’s advice on – there are special allergy diets available now that can be used short or long term while you gradually reintroduce other ingredients back into your dog’s diet.

There are also special diets available for a variety of health related issues such as kidney, liver, and joint disease. These tend to be manufactured by companies that produce good quality diets and are based on sound research into common health issues, such as kidney failure in older dogs. Most are available from veterinary practices only and should be used on the recommendation of your vet.

The benefits of feeding a premium diet are reflected in the excellent condition of 10yr old Pepper(left) and 14 yr old Kiri (right).

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