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What Should I Do If My Dog or Cat Has Food Allergies?

Food allergies and sensitivit­ies are surprising­ly common in dogs and cats, but limited ingredient diets can help.


Like humans, dogs and cats can develop allergies to certain ingredient­s, causing discomfort. In this article, we'll explore the benefits of limited ingredient diets, which offer a tailored approach to meet your pet's unique needs.

Identifyin­g an intoleranc­e, sensitivit­y, or allergy

Food allergies in pets can cause itching, gastrointe­stinal upset, and even ear infections. While allergy tests have limitation­s, an eliminatio­n diet may be more effective. If your pet is showing signs of a food allergy but you’re not sure of the allergen, it’s best to get them started on a limited ingredient formula. Limited ingredient diets feature a simplified ingredient list, typically consisting of a single protein source, along with essential nutrients. They’re also free from common allergens like wheat, soy, and corn, reducing the risk of triggering allergies or sensitivit­ies in pets, making them ideal for those prone to digestive issues or allergic reactions.

Choosing the right limited ingredient formula

When selecting the ideal limited ingredient pet formula, prioritize quality and suitabilit­y. Nutrience SubZero Limited Ingredient formulas are crafted for dogs and cats of all life stages with food sensitivit­ies and picky eaters. There are three formulas for dogs: pork & apple, lamb & pumpkin, and duck & pear, and two for cats: turkey & pumpkin and duck & pear. Nutrience SubZero Limited Ingredient formulas are made with single-source animal proteins from trusted sources, from duck from Brome Lake, Que., to turkey from Fraser Valley, BC. Enriched with prebiotics and probiotics, omega-3, omega-6, vitamins, minerals, and taurine, they offer a balanced and wholesome meal your pet will enjoy.

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