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I asked Sabine for her thoughts on this .... here's her reply
"Many dog foods used to be single protein, and sometimes also single carb. They were just not called "limited ingredient" because highly varied formulas were not that common and we didn't have thousands of different brands on the market.
Then at some point in the early 2000s multi protein formulas became all the rage, and it got to the point where many brands marketed formulas that practically contained everything but the kitchen sink. Products had to contain poultry and lamb and fish and eggs and a variety of carbs, for the sake of variety. Toss in a long list of fruit and veggies as well for good measure.
I've been telling companies for over a decade that it's not a good approach because the more ingredients you have in a single food, the higher the chance that some dogs out there react to one or the other. If a dog can tolerate variety, it's much better to rotate between several different, simpler foods rather than giving in to the illusion that you're feeding "variety" if you feed the same multi formula for years on end.
LID foods are the next step in that development, addressing the individuals out there who fare better on simple formulas.
I'm not sure that we really are seeing "more" allergies. The population of dogs has grown drastically over the last 15 years or so, and continues to go up. Things that weren't diagnosed as easily 20 years ago due to lack of knowledge and available technology are now rather routine.
Far too often people also self diagnose what they think are allergies, but more often than not it's really problems caused by poor nutrition (i.e. poor quality food and often stupid supplements trying to compensate), over-vaccination, and overdosing with all kinds of chemicals. All 3 factors stress the immune system a great deal.
Sadly most vets will throw steroids and antibiotics (for secondary infections) at a problem, and maybe replace a "mainstream" food with a "prescription" formula, but it's all just management by band aid fixes. None address the underlying causes. "
Dave and Molly
Ian Dunbar was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from I.P.D.T.A. Here's a picture of me accepting the award on his behalf.
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