Diet makes the difference (Sponsored by Iams)

Iams® Veterinary Formulas Skin & Coat Response™ FP diet proven to improve the clinical signs of canine atopy.
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Jul 01, 2008



Nutritional management is a simple but powerful tool in controlling the clinical signs of atopy in dogs. A recent double-blind study compared the performance of three commercial veterinary diets in atopic dogs regarding pruritus, skin lesions, and overall atopy severity and found that diet does make a difference.


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Of the three diets compared (diet A, Iams® Veterinary Formulas Skin & Coat Response™ FP; diet B, ROYAL CANIN Veterinary Diet™ Canine Hypoallergenic HP 19™; diet C, Hill's® Prescription Diet® d/d® Potato & Salmon Formula Canine), diet A was significantly more effective at managing pruritus, skin lesions, and overall atopy severity in moderately to severely atopic dogs than diet B. Dogs fed diet C did not show significant differences vs. diet A in improvement of the clinical signs.


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The diets in this study varied in ingredient and nutrient composition; however, the study results of this and previous studies suggest that the dietary omega-6:omega-3 fatty acid ratio may be important in managing the clinical signs of atopy (data on file, P&G Pet Care, 2008).

Reference

1. Scott DW, Miller WH, Griffen GE. Skin immune system and allergic skin disease. In: Muller & Kirk's Small Animal Dermatology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: WB Saunders Co, 2001;543-666.