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Dr. Elliott: What Are These Limited Ingredient Foods?

These foods have a minimal amount of basic ingredients. What does this mean?

Dr. Elliott: What Are These Limited Ingredient Foods?

Many dogs are developing allergies, immune deficiencies, digestive disturbances, skin problems and more.

Stores are carrying a wide variety of pet foods and treats. The ingredients can be varied and some may be loaded with chemicals, preservatives, by-products or other ingredients that can cause depletion of beneficial nutrients.

A veterinarian may perform blood tests to determine the cause of the problem – sometimes those tests may not be conclusive to the exact cause of the problem leading to the development of limited ingredient foods now being offered.

Limited Ingredient food delves into the realm of going back to basics to help determine the problem ingredient(s). These foods have a minimal amount of basic ingredients. If a dog has diabetes or overweight issues it's good to stay away from foods containing potatoes or pea protein. Utilizing a limited diet, dogs can start on a path of good health and rebuilding and strengthening their immune system. Limited ingredient foods also allow the body to digest easier and help put less stress on the organs, allowing the animal's system to eliminate the element(s) causing the problem.

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Limited ingredient kibble may contain up to 6 of these healthful ingredients:

  • Good Single Source Proteins - Duck, Buffalo, Chicken, Pheasant, Venison. Utilizing a single source protein is recommended.

  • Good Fruits & Vegetables & Berries - Kale, Blueberries, Bok Choy, Yams, Zucchini, Chia, Pumpkin, Spinach, Jicama, Tapioca, Okra, Yellow or Golden Squash, Acai Berries

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