Why Your Hypoallergenic Diet Isn’t Working

Dog Food Matters

Your dog is itchy. Your veterinarian recommends a diet that is considered hypoallergenic. After six weeks your dog is as itchy as ever. Why isn’t the food working? The main reason is that most dogs are allergic to things other than foods. Flower, grass, and tree pollens are the biggest culprits. Fungal spores and insect (fleas, house dust mites) are other common allergens. The second reason the food may not work is because it is not truly hypoallergenic. A recent study of these diets revealed that the majority contained meats not disclosed on the label.

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What causes an allergic reaction?

An allergic reaction is an exaggerated response of the immune cells to certain proteins. Certain cells of the immune system attack these foreign proteins. In doing so, the immune cells release large amount of histamines. It is the histamine in the blood stream that causes the symptoms in allergic…

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