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The term 'dietary sensitivity' is a common phrase covering any adverse reaction to food. Within this there are two main types of sensitivity, food allergy and food intolerance.
A food allergy will result in an immune response to a particular ingredient in the diet. This can be any food product but in most cases it is usually in response to a protein in the product. Once the ingredient that causes the reaction has been identified it will need to be excluded from your dog’s diet for life.
A food intolerance is where the reaction to a particular ingredient does not cause an allergic reaction but where an ingredient cannot be tolerated. In some cases, dogs may be able to eat the particular ingredient in small quantities, however, as there is no way of knowing at what level a reaction will be triggered, it is prudent to avoid the ingredient once identified.
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