Choosing the right diet for dogs with allergies can be a real headache. There are many allergy-friendly foods available, ranging from diets with only a handful of ingredients to those with novel sources of protein to diets with a hydrolysed protein source.
We met Dr Jacques Fontaine, a specialist in veterinary dermatology, and asked him some questions to clarify the choices available.
Many veterinarians approach the problem of allergies in dogs by starting with food allergies first. Are they all that frequent ❓
Among the diagnostic means proposed for food allergies, do blood tests have their place ❓
For dogs with allergies (atopic dermatitis, food allergy), Hill's recommends starting with Hill's Prescription Diet Derm Complete, with chicken egg as a novel animal protein source, so preventing 96% of food allergies. Should an owner whose dog is allergic to chicken be concerned about a cross-reaction with the egg in Derm Complete ❓
Would a practitioner's approach to a dog with pruritus be different from that of a specialist ❓
What about allergies in growing dogs? Would you recommend a Derm Complete Puppy food ❓
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Specialist in veterinary dermatology: Graduated from the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Liege in 1983.
Graduate of the European College of Veterinary Dermatology (ECVD) in 1996.
President of the European College of Veterinary Dermatology from 2015 to 2017
Consultant in dermatology in Brussels (Animal Clinic, Brussels) and Lecturer at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Liege (Belgium)
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