Food Allergies in Dogs, Cats – Remedies, Elimination, Diet, Recipe

food allergies in dogs and cats - the elimination diet
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In this article:
  1. Veterinarian Prescription Diets - not recommended
  2. Initial Clean-up of the Diet
  3. The Elimination Diet
  4. How Long Does it Take Before Improvement is Seen
  5. Basic Supplementation
  6. Causes, Symptoms of Food Allergies, and Natural Topical Treatments 

1. Veterinarian Prescription Diets - Not Recommended

Don’t use a veterinarian prescribed processed prescription dry or wet allergenic food product.

Prescription food products are not species appropriate. Prescription food products contain multiple food allergens, toxins and carcinogens.  These pet food products destroy your dog and cat's long-term health and do not remedy food allergies.

More about prescription pet food products in this article.

.2 Initial Clean-Up of the Diet

Remove all Starchy Carbohydrates From the Diet
Grains, beans, starchy seeds and starchy root vegetables are common food allergens. Eliminate all of these starchy carbohydrates from your dog and cat's diet.

Remove Other Inappropriate Items From the Diet
For example:
For additional information go to this article.

3. The Elimination Diet

About the Elimination Diet
The elimination diet is comprised of food components tailored to suit your dog and cat's circumstances. The diet should not contain components that are:
  1. Common allergens for dogs and cats.
  2. Known allergens specific to your individual dog or cat.
  3. Species inappropriate ingredients.
The elimination diet is a basic species appropriate raw or gently cooked diet, comprised of:
  1. Muscle meat
  2. Organ
  3. Bone or natural bone alternative, i.e. eggshell powder.
More on species appropriate:
  1. Diets in this article
  2. Food components in this article.
  3. Example homemade food recipe in this article.
If your dog or cat has other health issues or medical conditions, these need to be considered when selecting components for the elimination diet.
The goal of the elimination diet is to give the body an opportunity to:
  1. Detox and calm the immune system.
  2. Stop the build-up of toxins caused by the food allergies.
4. How Long Does It Take Before Improvement is Seen?
This depends on:
  • Your individual dog and cat's situation. 
If you've not tailored the dietary and supplemental protocol to properly suit your individual dog or cat's situation improvement of symptoms may be minimal, partial, or completely absent.
If you have tailored the diet appropriately to suit your dog or cat's situation, symptoms can start to show some signs of improvement within several weeks. In the ensuing weeks if further signs of improvement are not seen, it's time to revisit and revise the protocol.

5. Basic Supplementation

Detox and Symptom Support
It's very important to develop a detox support protocol to suit your individual dog or cat's requirements. 
There are many supplemental foods, herbs and alternative medicines that help to support detox. Generally a detox protocol should be comprised of multiple items that work together, each selected to suit the individual animal's requirements. 
For example:

6. Causes, Symptoms of Food Allergies, and Natural Topical Treatments

To learn more about food allergies in dogs and cats:
  1. Causes of food allergies,
  2. Symptoms of food allergies, 
  3. Natural topical treatments to soothe symptoms,

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Article by Karen Rosenfeld


  1. Hi there! What a great lot of information! I am only confused on one part. I am trying to figure out the amount of protein versus carbs. My dog is currently on the Acana Pacifica formula so I am going to use the 60% protein and 40% carb ratio but is that by weight? And do I weigh it when it is in the raw form before I cook it, or weigh it after it is all cooked? Or alternatively, do I use volume and not weight? Lol. I hope I'm making sense. For instance, last night, I cooked ground elk and used 6 ounces of it to 4 ounces of cooked mashed squash but it sure seems like a lot of meat compared to squash and now I'm worried I did it wrong.. I am wondering if I should have weighed it out in the raw form or measured it by volume. Could you clarify for me? Thank you so much:)

    1. Acana is a high carb product, so you should have adjusted your ratio to be at least 50%:50% first week but if your dog has not experienced diarrhea, I would not worry about ratio difference. Measuring by ounces is fine. If you need additional assistance you can use my consultation service.

  2. Karen, great web site! I just have two questions. First, should the oils in the meat in this diet be balanced? Or is it ok to add just an Omega 3/6 supplement during this time? And should there be any vitamins added or vitamin rich food included, so that a vitamin deficiency doesn't arise during the 3 month period? Thank you again for these wonderful gems of information you have provided and for bringing everything together in such a comprehensive manner.

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Important Note

1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Alternative Medicines

Safe use of items and protocols in the article above, is your sole responsibility.

Foods, herbs and alternative medicines have health issue, condition and conventional drug interactions. Safe use of all substances and protocol are your responsibility.

Before you use any substance or protocol do your research. Check for cautions, contradictions, interactions and side effects. Do not use substances or protocols not suitable to your animal's individual circumstances.

If your animal has an underlying condition substances and protocols may conflict.

2.0 Definition of Holistic

Food, herbs, alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance such as a pure herb, you are using a natural substance, not a holistic substance.

Holistic is not defined by use of one or several substances. Holistic is an approach.

Definition of “holistic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press


"relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just to its parts"

"Holistic medicine attempts to treat the whole person, including mind and body, not just the injury or disease."

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that health, and well-being.

3.0 Expectations
In a health or behavioral situation.

Don't expect a few items or one isolated action to remedy the situation.

In most situations, remedying a situation will require a comprehensive approach.

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