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Allergic to food???

A quick guide to food allergies and intolerances.


Let’s explain the difference between the two situations.

Food allergies occur when your critter’s immune system considers one of the ingredients in the food as harmful and creates an immune response to kill the “enemy” in the form of antibodies.

Food intolerance occurs when the digestive system of your creature is unable to digest a specific ingredient.  This has nothing to do with the immune system.  Us humans often struggle with lactose intolerance, whereby we are unable to break down the sugar found in milk, dogs can suffer from this too!

The symptoms of an allergy can include:

  • nausea or vomiting

  • obsessive licking

  • skin rash and itching

  • excessive paw biting.

The signs of food intolerance include (mainly):

  • vomiting or diarrhea,

  • bloating,

  • digestive distress,

  • gas,

  • nausea,

If you suspect that your pet is suffering from either a food allergy or intolerance, you need to chat to Dr Duncan.  By diagnosing the cause of the issue, your vet can treat accordingly and advise you on the best options going forward, to ensure that your cuddly companion is as comfortable and healthy as possible!

Here are a few hypoallergenic dog foods for you to consider:


Hills Prescription Diet™ Canine z/d™ Low Allergen

Prescription Diet™ Canine z /d™ Low Allergen has the following key benefits:

  • Helps minimise allergic reactions to food. The unique hydrolysed formula provides a safe solution to virtually any food allergy.

  • Chicken hydrolysate is the only animal protein source.

  • Helps nourish skin and coat as it is formulated with high levels of essential fatty acids.



Hills Prescription D/D

“This type of nutrition helps avoid reactions as it is formulated using a single novel protein that your dog is unlikely to be allergic to. It is also contains high levels of Omega-6 fatty acids to help your dog’s skin recover from other conditions.

Prescription Diet™ d/d is formulated for the nutritional management of dogs with any skin condition and vomiting/diarrhoea due to allergy.

Key benefits

  • Venison and pea are rarely used in cat food, this decreases the risk that your cat may have an allergic reaction to this diet.

  • Helps to reduce signs of adverse reactions to food and supports healthy skin function with the right levels of natural Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids.

  • Provides a great taste and wet and dry textures facilitates mixed feeding for greater enjoyment by your cat.

  • Helps to relieve or soothe uncomfortable digestive signs caused by adverse reactions to food.”




Eukanuba Dermatosis FP for Dogs Dry and wet dog food

Nutritional management of inflammatory skin conditions


  • Inflammatory Skin and Coat Conditions

  • Pruritic Dermatitis (atopic, flea-bite, contact)

  • Food Allergy/Intolerance

  • Chronic Otitis External


  • Gastrointestinal disorders associated with food allergy or intolerance:

– Inflammatory Bowel Disease
– Colitis
– Chronic Gastroenteritis
– Vomiting
– Intestinal Pathogen Overgrowth
– Malabsorption/Maldigestion


Vets Choice Sensitive Skin

“Duck and Rice – Low Allergen

  • Unique protein source, therefore reducing risk of allergies.

  • Better digestion- optimal with only rice (ensures high digestibility).

  • Balanced Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids enhance skin and coat health.

  • Liver digest for enhanced taste and enjoyment.

  • Vitamin and mineral fortified.

  • Contains vitamins A, C and E and selenium which act as natural anti-oxidants.

  • Increased biotin and organic zinc to promote skin and coat health.

  • Added zeolite and vegetable pulp for better digestive safety.



ACANA represents a new class of foods that mirrors the high and various inclusions of fresh, whole meats that dogs and cats are naturally evolved to eat, while excluding inappropriate ingredients.

With three unique product lines formulated to our Biologically Appropriate standards, ACANA is guaranteed to meet the diverse nutritional needs of today’s dogs and cats. Made from Canada’s best and freshest ingredients in our own award-winning kitchens, ACANA‘s authentic foods keep your pet healthy, happy and strong. Read our ingredients and we think you’ll agree.




Our Biologically Appropriate™ philosophy represents a new class of foods designed to nourish dogs and cats in keeping with their evolutionary adaptation to fresh meat and protein-rich diets.  Our ingredients are different too.  We don’t buy the bulk commodity ingredients in conventional pet foods, and instead focus on ingredients that are sustainably raised within our region by people we know and trust and then delivered to our kitchens fresh each day and bursting with goodness.  Prepared exclusively in our award-winning kitchens here in Alberta, Canada, ORIJEN is trusted by pet lovers worldwide and certified to meet every international safety standard.

Check out their super handy Product selector tool!


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