Like most pet parents, we want the best for our furry friends. One of the most important ways we can care for our pets is through their diets. Just like us, the food our pets eat directly impacts their overall health. Since our pets can’t make those decisions for themselves, we as pet parents, need to make healthy choices for them.
One the easiest ways to ensure your pets get the healthy nutrition they need is through Limited Ingredient Diets (LID). Limited Ingredient Diets allow your pets to get the nutrition they need without the fillers and extra ingredients. The fillers and extra ingredients in some pet food can cause many adverse health conditions. Luckily, with time and a healthy diet, unhealthy conditions can reverse.
Limited Ingredient Diets and Allergies
Many pet parents think their pets have an allergy to certain foods, while this may be true, very few pets actually have a food allergy. When a pet does have a food allergy, it is almost always an allergy to a certain protein. This is where Limited Ingredient Diets can be a huge benefit. Not only are most Limited Ingredient Diets grain-free, but most also have a single protein source. The fewer ingredients in your pets food, the less chance there is of one causing a health problem.
Many pets suffer from itchy skin, paws, or ears, stomach sensitivity, unhealthy bowels, or a lack of energy. While these symptoms may all relate to your pet’s food, they may not mean your pet has a food allergy. More often than not, these symptoms are cause by the fillers and excess ingredients in many commercial foods. Limited Ingredient Diets can help provide your pets with a balance diet made only with ingredients they need to be healthy.
When you transition your pets from a standard pet food to high quality Limited Ingredient Diets, like Natural Balance, you are cutting out many unhealthy ingredients. Your pets’ discomfort will hopefully clear up, but remember to transition your pet’s food slowly.
How to Transition Your Pets to Limited Ingredient Diets
We recommend replacing a ¼ of your pets’ food with the new food at every meal for 3 days. If there no new problems or increased old issues appear, replace an addition ¼ of the food for 3 more days. Your pet should now be getting a 50/50 blend of old and new foods. Continue to replace ¼ of the old food for 3 days until you only have new food left. By this time, your pets should enjoy the new food with no problems. While your pets’ health issues may not clear up immediately, you shouldn’t change your pets’ food again for a few months unless a Vet recommends it.
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