Allergy Elimination Diet Instructions

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It’s a diet to figure out food allergies by process of elimination.  This process takes a total of 17 weeks, at a minimum.  This means you and your family will commit to the plan for at least 4 months.  That’s 4 months of feeding a “safe” diet like an expensive hydrolyzed protein diet or a novel protein diet.  (You can consult your veterinarian regarding local options for your country.)

Allergy Elimination Diet Goal

The goal of your allergy elimination diet is to only feed special diet and special treats in order to help the body clear out it’s reactivity.  Allergies are unforgiving.  Therefore,  you must even replace flavored heartworm preventatives with alternatives per your veterinarians instructions.

The Phases of Clearing Food Allergies from your Dog’s System

Phase 1

Gradually Switch to “safe” diet over 1 week:

-75% old food, 25% new food for 2 meals,
-50%-50% for 2 meals,
-25% old, 75% new for 2 meals.

Phase 2

After your pet is eating 100% special diet, start counting 8-12 weeks.

If the itchiness and allergy symptoms go away after 8 weeks, then you may start Phase 3.  If you still see symptoms, or you are uncertain, schedule a recheck with your veterinarian and continue the special diet for 4 more weeks (a total of 12 weeks).

Phase 3

After the symptoms have subsided, you must confirm it was a food allergy by feeding a meal of the old, original diet.  If the symptoms return within 72 hours, then you have confirmed food allergy!  Go back to the special diet for a week and then start Phase 4.

“The most commonly skipped step of the allergy elimination diet process is the feeding of the old, regular food at the end of the 8-12 weeks in order to confirm an actual food allergy,” says Doc Truli.  “Without this step, you have not diagnosed food allergy.”

Phase 4

You will now enter the final phase in which you test an ingredient each week in order to discover a list of “safe” and “allergic”  ingredients for your pet.

“You become allergic to what you’ve eaten the most,” says Doc Truli.

Because you become allergic to what you have eaten the most, the instruction given here are for allergic dogs in the United States and Canada.  If you are in Australia (the third-largest group of VirtuaVet readers are form Australia), then you must use “lamb” instead of “beef” in Week 2.  Lamb is a common dog food allergy in Australia, whereas beef is common in the US because of the availability to the food manufacturers.  If you are a fisherman or live in a fishing coastal town, then you may want to test “fish” on Week 6. Adjust your experimentation according to your dog’s feeding history.

Detailed Instructions on How to Discover Which Foods Your Dog is Allergic To

Week 1

You feed Chicken the first day of the week with the allergy diet as a base.  You wait 3 days and write down any allergy symptoms you see.  Then feed only the allergy diet to reset the body and clear out the reaction for the rest of the week.

Week 2

You feed Beef the first day of the week with the allergy diet as a base.  You wait 3 days and write down any allergy symptoms you see.  Then feed only the allergy diet to reset the body and clear out the reaction for the rest of the week.

Week 3

You feed Corn the first day of the week with the allergy diet as a base.  You wait 3 days and write down any allergy symptoms you see.  Then feed only the allergy diet to reset the body and clear out the reaction for the rest of the week.

Week 4

You feed Soy the first day of the week with the allergy diet as a base.  You wait 3 days and write down any allergy symptoms you see.  Then feed only the allergy diet to reset the body and clear out the reaction for the rest of the week.

Week 5

You feed Egg the first day of the week with the allergy diet as a base.  You wait 3 days and write down any allergy symptoms you see.  Then feed only the allergy diet to reset the body and clear out the reaction for the rest of the week.

Bring It All Together in a “Safe” List

When you are done, you will have a “safe” list and an “allergy” list and you can start reading pet food labels and looking to find affordable foods you want to feed to your pet.

Most people keep a pet on the allergy diet to avoid the time and trouble of the whole allergy elimination diet process, but if you can stick it out, you will save tons of money over your pet’s lifetime and prevent your pet from becoming allergic to the allergy diet!

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