Useful information about the needs of cats and dogs with nutritionally sensitive health conditions.
Food-responsive enteropathy is one of the most common forms of chronic enteropathy in dogs and includes those with adverse food reactions (i.e., food allergy and food intolerance) and those with intestinal inflammation that benefits from properties of a different diet.1 Food-responsive enteropathy is characterized by persistent or intermittent gastrointestinal (GI) clinical signs lasting 3 weeks or longer in the absence of other causes (e.g., dietary indiscretion, parasitism, identified enteropathogens, or neoplasia) and non-GI diseases.2,3
Dogs with food-responsive enteropathy are more likely to be younger, have less severe clinical signs, and exhibit more large-bowel diarrhea compared to dogs with immunosuppressant-responsive enteropathy.4─6
Since many dogs with chronic idiopathic GI signs respond well to dietary changes, an elimination diet trial is often recommended before endoscopy for those dogs with mild or moderate signs unless negative prognostic factors (e.g., hypoalbuminemia, hypocobalaminemia, high clinical activity index score) are present.1,2,4,7,8
The goals of nutritional intervention are to provide a complete and balanced diet that avoids known allergens or ingredients that cause adverse food reactions and resolves or minimizes clinical signs.
An elimination diet has been proven to be the most effective method for diagnosis and treatment of food-responsive enteropathy.6
This short, screening diet history form is a practical, easy-to-use document that can help clients provide important information about their pets’ diets.
Pets who are finicky, fussy or not interested in food can be a challenge.
A visual aid to the Purina Body Condition Score System for dogs.
Gradually transitioning onto a new diet minimizes the risk of stomach upset.