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Limited Ingredient Diets for dogs: 6 benefits you should consider

Limited Ingredient Diets for dogs: 6 benefits you should consider

It’s always disheartening to see a loved pet sick or miserable due to allergies. When you’ve identified that the sickness or allergic reaction is coming from his diet, you’ll want to try to remedy it as soon as possible!

 Limited Ingredient Diets for dogs

As we pet parents pay closer attention to the diets of our furry kids, taking the diet “back to basics” with a Limited Ingredient Diet (LID) for dogs is a very effective way at identifying the problematic ingredient and finding a better solution for your pet. LIDs serve to eliminate any extra or unnecessary ingredients for dogs with food sensitivities. For those that are interested in maximizing nutritional benefits while minimizing the risk of your dog getting sick, LID diets are the way to go!


A limited ingredient diet is exactly what it sounds like: a diet that is made up of a limited number of ingredients. If you look at the ingredient deck on traditional dog food kibble, you may find that the list includes as many as 20 or 30 entries. Furthermore, many of these ingredients may be difficult to identify — they either have chemical-sounding names or they are byproducts of other things. With an LID, pet parents can expect the ingredient list to be much shorter and, in many cases, the ingredients used in the formula are of high quality and easy to identify. Many LID formulas also make use of novel protein and carbohydrate sources.

In addition to reducing the risk for food sensitivities, feeding your dog an LID may offer other benefits such as:

  • Reduced stomach sensitivity issues, relief from digestive upset
  • Improved energy levels related to proper nutrition and nutrient absoroption
  • Relief from skin problems such as itching, flaking and hot spots
  • Improved digestion and regularity – fewer, firmer and smaller stools
  • Lower carbohydrate count (depending on the formula)
  • Limited number of ingredients often means no/fewer artificial additives

Dee-O-Gee offers a variety of LID formulas for pet parents to get the most out of feeding your furry kids! Stop by any local Dee-O-Gee location or take a look at our LID formulas available online.

Don't forget the treats!

LID treats are important too

If you have identified an LID food option, make sure you don’t forget that many treats have lots of ingredients! Adding a single-ingredient LID treat to your dog’s nutrition plan will make your LID efforts for your dog even more successful!

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