How long does it take? A timeline for working with elimination diets and changes to your pet’s foods.
Poor Avery. My little 22 pound bundle of terrier mix can’t seem to catch a break. The itching, paw licking, patchy spots of fur on her thighs, small red bumps on her tummy, and my best guess is that this recent reaction is chicken-related.
Avery had to wear this awesome inflatable “cone” for a bit after scratching so bad during flea season she caused a small laceration behind her ear.
When we adopted our little girl from the Humane Society, I spent a week transitioning her to our Classic (Chicken and Lamb) formula. She seemed to like it and did well eating everyday. But she was itchy. Boy was she itchy.
So, shortly after we switched her to our New Zealand Lamb formula – no chicken protein, but it does have chicken fat. I was trying to determine if chicken was the issue, as chicken and beef are two of the most common protein allergens for dogs. She seemed to improve a bit, but still itchy. Then, it hit. Flea and tick season. Poor Avery was undone. Even with treating the yard, using commercial flea/tick control, and natural prevention, she itched more than ever – to the point it kept her awake all night it seemed! She even started scratching at her ears. Avery had just turned three and seemed to have developed flea bite dermatitis. Enough was enough. I put her on a full on, chicken-free detox diet – our Cold Water formula.
I noticed improvement. Avery was doing well on the new formula. Still a bit itchy but less. I upped my game. We added cold-pressed organic coconut oil to the mix (one tsp in the morning, one tsp at night) to her food, as well as Grizzly Salmon Oil and NaturVet Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics. Each supplement to help reduce skin inflammation and/or boost her immune system to decrease symptoms. (You can watch my YouTube video here and learn the reasons behind my product selections.)
It took about eight weeks to see really good results, but the best results were around twelve weeks. When doing an elimination diet with your pet, that’s the timeline. When you switch your pet’s food, attempting to isolate the cause of irritation, they should be on the same food (preferably a single protein, single carbohydrate source food), for a minimum of eight to twelve weeks to see full results.
You may see some positive results in as little as week, but give it time to see full positive changes – unless, of course, the results you are seeing after a week are not positive but negative (increased itching/scratching, etc.). If you see negative results after switching your pet’s food, stop and call a knowledgeable kibble expert for re-evaluation of your pet’s personalized diet plan.
If your pet is experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, please contact our expert kibble staff for a free nutrition analysis and diet recommendation.
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