An allergy for food means there is a hypersensitive reaction to certain substances in your pet’s daily food. When the
immune system is functioning as it should, it does not react to these relatively harmless substances, because they do
not harm the body. However, a weakened or disturbed immune system does respond violently to these substances, having
a very negative effect.
In general a food allergy can occur at any age, but it is more frequent in younger animals. It is possible that a cat, eating the same brand of food for years, suddenly develops an itch. An allergy builds up slowly. Because most brands of food have the same basic ingredients and protein sources, an allergy can also occur in animals getting different brands of food.
First signs of a food allergy are mostly skin-related, for example a rash that looks like eczema. Those skin problems
can differ from one animal to the other.:
Skin problems caused by a food allergy are very similar to those caused by a flea allergy. Therefore food allergy
should be diagnosed through a diet. A commercial hypoallergenic diet is not reliable. These diets contain too many
food components; a negative test result does not rule out a food allergy. An elimination diet is the only correct
way to diagnose a food allergy. Once it is established that an allergy is caused by a certain substance in the food,
the first thing to do is not feed this substance to your pet anymore. This will not immediately solve the skin
problems, but it will a new allergic reaction.
An efficient elimination diet has to be home made and exists of one type of meat that the animal has never eaten before (and thus no allergic reaction can have occurred yet). As a carbohydrate source boiled rice or pasta can be used. The diet needs to be fed for at least 6 weeks. No other food can be given, so no milk, sausages or other treats. To prevent your pet from eating something “forbidden” outdoors, your pet should be kept indoors during the trial period, or when going outside it should be accompanied by its owner.
In short, the treatment exists in preventing the intake of the original food which contains the components that caused the allergy. Eventually this diet needs to be replaced by a commercial hypoallergenic diet. When a diagnosis is made by means of the elimination diet, a test period with different types of hypoallergenic food will follow in order to determine which food is suitable for the patient.
It is important to prevent a new allergic reaction when treating a food allergy .It is also very important to treat the immune system. A symptomatic treatment of the itching with corticosteroids usually has no effect on the food allergy. The most important thing is to eliminate the food that caused the allergic reaction. The treatment can be supported with the Chinese herbal formula Resilium, which works directly on the disturbed immune system.
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