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Sensitive pup? Limited ingredients may help.

Read about common food allergies, intolerances & sensitivities in dogs that can cause a wide range of symptoms.

By Rudy Leschke —

2 Minute Read

health + nutrition

Food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities are very common in dogs and can cause a wide range of symptoms. (see 'Food Sensitivities – How do I know if my pup has one?')

If you suspect your pup is suffering from a food allergy or intolerance, it’s best to work with your veterinarian to conduct an elimination diet to rule out potential causes. After some trial and error, the offending ingredients can eventually be identified.  

A survey of pet foods sold in grocery stores shows that the most common ingredients found in dog food include chicken, beef, soy, corn, rice & wheat. Because these ingredients are used most often, they are frequently responsible for food intolerances.   

Tailored recipes never include corn, wheat or soy ingredients, and you’ll find several protein options to meet your pup’s unique needs.  

Illustration of real mackerel ingredient

Lamb, fish, turkey, oats, barley, flax & potato are less commonly used, and venison & quinoa are used rarely. Lamb, venison, or fish have been suggested as good protein choices for elimination diets, and rice, potatoes & barley have been suggested as good accompanying carbohydrate sources.    

Diets making use of a limited number of these less common ingredients, and avoiding the inclusion of the more common ingredients, are often considered Limited Ingredient Diets, or "LID".  

Illustration of real lamb ingredient

If you believe your dog suffers from a food allergy or intolerance, it is important to work with your veterinarian to identify the offending ingredient(s), and then select a diet where that ingredient is excluded.   

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    Did you know that our quiz guides you through a series of health questions and ingredients to avoid to build your pup's focused blend? Simply click here to start, and get your best friend's health-first recipe shipped free, right to your door.

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