A raw diet is one of the best ways to give your dog’s immune and digestive system the support it needs to develop and grow strong. It improves the dog’s overall health and relieves allergic symptoms by providing anti-inflammatory benefits. When dogs are on a poor diet, it sometimes manifests through skin rashes or a lackluster coat. The stronger the immune system, the better your dog’s skin and coat look. As a balanced diet, it also improves their chances of fighting off common dog food allergies without going to the vet. So, you need to give them the appropriate diet to gain these benefits.
Skin Allergies in Dogs
Dog owners should realize that other than food allergy, your dog’s skin condition may also be affected by external factors such as flea bites, dirty beddings, pollens, dust, mold, etc. These are either inhaled or have met your dog. It is important to understand first what type of skin allergy your pup is having and find out what causes it so you can adjust from there.
If you are sure the allergy is caused by food sensitivity, seek further advice from your vet. Before following any of these homemade dog food recipe ideas or making any change to your dog’s diet, it is crucial to find out first which foods your pooch is allergic to so you can avoid them. If you’re worried about your dog’s health, see the vet or try an elimination diet. Also, pay attention to their weight, age, breed, and energy levels when deciding what to feed them. This will help you give them the right nutrition.
Raw fish and veggies
Fish is rich in omega-three fatty acids, which veterinarians claim decreases the level of inflammation. It is also a great alternative for dogs that have an allergic reaction to chicken or beef. Making your own dog food using this recipe is very easy.
- Five pounds non farmed oily fish fillet such as mackerel
- Eight ounces of kale
- Five ounces of broccoli
- Four ounces of dandelion greens
- Twelve ounces of blueberries or mixed berries
- Six tablespoons of seaweed calcium
Grind or chop the fish meat into small cubes. Pure the broccoli, kale, greens, and bone meal in a food processor. Mix the fillet and veggie plus berry mix thoroughly and place the mixture into small containers. These are to be placed in the freezer for storage before serving to the dog. The food should also be frozen according to one to three-day portions.
BONELESS TURKEY AND EGGS
Turkey is a good option for dogs because it is lean and easy to digest. That makes it a good candidate for dogs that have allergies. It also has some aspects like riboflavin which improves the metabolism process. The recipe’s ingredients have also been carefully chosen to ensure they meet the AAFCO minimum nutrition requirements for dogs.
- Five pounds of lean turkey meat
- Two pounds of chicken heart
- Six pasture-raised eggs without the shells
- Eight ounces of kale
- Eight ounces of dandelion greens
- Eight ounces of broccoli
- Twelve ounces of blueberries
- Six tablespoons of ground pumpkin seed (for healthy fats)
Grind the chicken heart and the turkey meat. If it is not possible to obtain a grinder, you can chop the meat into small cubes. Make a puree from the eggs, broccoli, kale, greens, pumpkin seed, and berries. Mix the puree with the cut or ground turkey and stir to ensure good dispersal. Divide the mixture into small containers and place them in the freezer for storage. The food should be frozen in one to three-day portions.
RABBIT AND VEGGIES
Rabbit is one of the best options for dogs that have allergies. It can also be used as an elimination approach to see which meat the dog is sensitive to. In a dog elimination diet, the proteins the dog tends to eat are removed, and you feed it a single option. If this is the case, though, it should not be given alongside poultry or beef because the results would not be reliable.
- Four pounds of rabbit, or two rabbits’ carcasses
- Eight ounces of broccoli
- Half an ounce of chopped spinach
- Six ounces of blueberries
Cut the rabbit into small pieces. It can be fed as muscle meat whole or ground with organs such as the liver and the heart. Pure the broccoli, berries, and spinach in a food processor. Mix the rabbit meat with the vegetable puree and put the remaining mixture into small containers, which are then placed in a freezer. The homemade food is to be frozen in one to three-day portions.
HOMEMADE BEEF AND LENTILS
Ground beef and lentils are nutrient-rich and non-toxic homemade dog foods. They also come available with great nutrients and fiber. It is also very digestible and great for your dog’s skin, so you do not have to worry about unpleasant gassiness.
- Ground beef
- Sweet potatoes or brown rice
- Sunflower oil
- Salmon oil
- This time you will not have to worry about cutting the meat up as you need to mince beef to get the best results. Blend the eggs, carrots, spinach, and sweet potatoes in one setting, along with the sunflower oil. Then mix the egg and vegetable puree with the beef. Separate your dog’s food into small containers and put these in the freezer for storage.
- Some of breed-specific raw recipes are as follow:
- Raw dog food recipes for Pitbull
- Raw dog food recipes for golden retrievers
- Raw dog food recipes for German shepherds
Homemade Dog Food Recipes for Skin Allergies
Oftentimes, food allergies to things as seemingly mild as beef are caused by an immune overreaction to a previously consumed type of protein, for whatever reason. In that case, the simplest thing you can do is to swap out the offending meat with another.
In the case of beef, one great substitute is lamb. Lamb and beef are highly similar in calorie and nutrient content, but lamb is ultimately higher in fatty acids such as omega-3 and CLA, making it better for their hearts and brains. Here’s a great lamb-based homemade dog food recipe you can try:
- Ground lamb: 2 lbs.
- Lamb organs (lung, heart, liver, esophagus, trachea): 1 lb.
- Lamb neck, chopped: 1 lb.
- Sunflower oil: 1 tbsp.
Grind or chop the organ meat and mix all ingredients evenly. Make sure you get an even mix of lamb organs, so no single organ makes up more than 10 percent of the meal. The lamb neck is there to provide raw meaty bones, which are great for balancing your dog’s calcium and phosphorus intake.
As with all recipes on this list, it’s best to get all the ingredients as fresh as possible to avoid contamination. This recipe stands on its own, but it’s recommended that you serve your dog a variety of dishes, with a good number of them including fruits and veggies. You can mix this one with a few greens to round out the nutrient profile if you’d like.
Fresh Fish and Garlic
Fish are often considered to be great for giving dogs healthy skin and lush shiny coats. This same reason is why they’re usually recommended for dogs suffering from skin allergies. Oily fish is very rich in omega 3.
This may seem counter-intuitive to pet owners who have fed fish like mackerel or sardines to their dogs, only to seem them break out in a rash. But there are plenty of other oily fish out there if your dog doesn’t agree with the more common types of fish. Tuna, salmon, and herring are great, and they’re the centerpiece of this dog food recipe.
- Herring, tuna, or salmon: 3 lbs.
- Cod liver oil: 1 tbsp
- Ground turkey or ground beef organ mix: 2 lb.
- Minced garlic: 1-2 cloves
- Mixed vegetables (carrots, brussels sprouts, or celery ideal): 1 lb.
- Duck neck: 1 lb.
Chop the vegetables and organs into bite-sized pieces or puree them all together. Throw in whole fish and duck neck and rub all of the food with minced garlic and cod liver oil.
If your dog isn’t used to eating whole fish, you may want to debone them before mixing in with the rest of the ingredients. If don’t have duck neck and decide to debone the fish, add about 3 tbsp of bone meal to provide calcium. Makes a 4–5-day supply for the average dog.
Rabbit and Vegetables Mix
If it happens that your dog is allergic to the protein that comes from common meat such as chicken or beef, rabbit can serve as a great alternative protein source.
Rabbit meat is generally regarded as a hypoallergenic type of meat. It’s got a good amount of lean protein, allowing you to easily substitute it for chicken or turkey meat in your dog’s food. Plus, it has higher amounts of selenium and iron compared to chicken. These essential minerals both help inflammation subside.
Rabbit recipes are lower in calories and fat, and higher in protein, making them great for keeping up your dog’s protein intake while tempering their calorie consumption. Here’s what you need for a simple mix of rabbit and vegetables:
- Rabbit meat and organs, chopped (if bone-in), cubed, or ground: 4 lbs.
- Bone meal (if not bone-in): 4 tbsp
- Spinach or dandelion greens: 1 oz
- Broccoli: 8 oz
- Mixed berries (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries ideal): 6 oz
Pure or chop non-meat ingredients in a food processor and mix with meat. Sprinkle with bone meal if not using bone-in meat, and portion according to your feeding plan. Makes about 5 pounds or a 3-day supply for a 50-pound dog.
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