Food allergies can be tricky to isolate and diagnose, and often, the process of elimination is the only way to determine exactly what food your dog is allergic to. Putting your dog on a novel food trial diet may be the best method for isolating a food allergen. You can purchase a commercial dog food, such as Iams kangaroo and oat prescription dog food, to accomplish a novel food trial, or if your dog has known allergies to common ingredients, such as chicken and lamb.
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Discuss your dog’s allergy symptoms with your veterinarian. Itchy skin, recurrent ear infections, irritated eyes and/or paw licking can indicate an allergy. If the symptoms do not vary with the seasons, they may be related to food. You may already know that your dog has food allergies, or you may need to determine what, if any, food allergies it has.
Whether you need a unique, prescription dog food to determine a food allergy, or if you already know what your dog is allergic to, you must work with your veterinarian if you would like to try Iams Kangaroo and Oat prescription dog food.
Get a prescription for the Iams dog food from your veterinarian. You cannot purchase this dog food unless you have a veterinarian-approved prescription. The Iams kangaroo and oat prescription dog food is specially formulated for dogs suffering from itchy skin, and the ingredients are unique, satisfying many allergic dogs’ needs for ingredients not commonly found in regular dog foods. Dogs with allergies to common dog food ingredients, such as chicken or lamb, may benefit from a unique formulation such as the Iams prescription food.
Buy the Iams Kangaroo and Oat prescription dog food from your vet clinic. If your vet does not carry this type of dog food, he may refer you to other local area vet clinics which have it in stock so that you can buy it locally.
Request that the dog food be shipped to you if your veterinarian, or other local veterinarians, do not carry the food. The veterinary specialists for Iams report that there are online sources which will ship directly to your residence. Vetcentric.com and Petfooddirect.com are two companies referenced by the Iams Company as vendors who will ship directly to your home.
You must have a prescription to order the food. Your vet office can fax in the prescription or you can fax it yourself if the vet office information, and the veterinarian’s signature, are on the request.
Tips & Warnings
- If you suspect that your dog is suffering from allergies, it is important to take it to a veterinarian for evaluation. Untreated allergies are uncomfortable and can compromise your dog's health.
- Iams.com: Iams® Veterinary Formulas Skin & Coat Response KO/Canine Dry Formula
- Peteducation.com: Food Allergies and Food Intolerance
- The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook; Betsy Brevitz, D.V.M.; 2009
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images
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