A hydrolyzed protein diet for dogs and cats is a type of diet that is specially formulated for pets to diagnose and/or manage food allergies. The proteins in the diet are broken down into smaller pieces, called peptides, which are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. This can help to reduce signs such as itching, skin irritation, and digestive issues in dogs and cats with food allergies.
The diet may contain hydrosylates of chicken, soy, or novel proteins, such as duck or salmon, which are less likely to cause an allergic reaction, and carbohydrates, such as potatoes or peas, that are also less likely to cause allergic reactions. It's important to work with a veterinarian to determine if a hydrolyzed protein diet is appropriate for a pet and to choose a diet that is balanced and meets the pet's nutritional needs.