It is not uncommon for people to continue seeing allergic reactions in their dogs even after switching to a brand who manufactures hypoallergenic dog food. If this is the case, it may be time to investigate ways to eliminate the ingredients in those foods in order to determine the exact ingredient that the dog must avoid.
There is obviously no better way to control what is in a dog’s food than to make it at home. This way the owner has complete control of the ingredients, as well as the freshness of the food their dog is eating.
Foods to Avoid & Foods to Add
Many different foods have been determined to be high risk for causing allergic reactions in dogs. These would include things such as diary, soy, corn, wheat, and in some cases pork. Sadly many dog food manufacturers include these in the generic dog foods found at most retail stores.
It is important to avoid the foods above at all cost when it comes to a dog with allergies. Of course by taking away all these items, one might be thinking “Well that’s pretty much everything in their food. What will they eat then?” – And that’s exactly right, these ingredients are in most generic dog foods.
The good news is, after eliminating these common allergens from the dog’s food, they should begin showing signs of improvement, but they’ve got to eat of course!
This is why it is suggested to add foods such as fruits and vegetables, lean meats like chicken, turkey, or buffalo. Good sources of slow digesting carbohydrates like sweet potatoes and non-hydrogenated oils, such as olive, coconut, or grape seed oils, in order for the dog to receive their essential fatty acids.
Easy Hypoallergenic Dog Food Recipes
Let’s face it, store bought hypoallergenic dog food is not cheap. In fact even for just a small bag one could pay upwards of $60 per bag – that is outrageous!
Here are 2 very simple hypoallergenic dog food recipes:
Dog Food Recipe #1
- 2 lbs. – Ground Lean Meet (i.e. Chicken, Turkey, Buffalo)
- 4 C – Rice (Brown or White)
- 2 tsp. – Rosemary (Dried)
- 1 lb. – Frozen Vegetables (California Blend – Broccoli, Carrots, and Cauliflower)
- 12 C – Water
- Mix ground lean meat, rice, rosemary and water into a large bowl and stir until evenly mixed throughout
- Place in a pot and put on the stove, with the stove set on high
- Wait for water to begin to boil, then turn heat to low and simmer with lid on the pot and set timer for 20 minutes
- Then add the vegetables and continue cooking for another 5 minutes
- Remove from stove and allow to cool off before serving
- This will need to be kept refrigerated due to the fresh foods used in this recipe
Dog Food Recipe #2
- 2 C – Rice (Brown or White)
- 2 – Sweet Potatoes (cut into cubes)
- 2 C – Carrots (diced)
- 2 lbs. – Chicken Breasts (approximately 4 breasts)
- 4 C – Water
- Use large crockpot
- Mix all ingredients together thoroughly
- Cook on high for approximately 5 hours
- Let cool and serve
- This also must be stored in the refrigerator due to the use of fresh foods
Additional Information to Know
These recipes can be altered to a specific dog’s needs and taste. It is intended to make 20 cups of cooked dog food. Obviously increase or decrease ingredients to make desired amount.
Here is a general rule of thumb when it comes to feeding hypoallergenic food to a pooch. If by following these suggestions the dog is losing or gaining weight then adjust the portion size accordingly.
10 lb. – 1/2 C daily
20 lb. – 1 C daily
40 lb. – 2 C daily
60 lb. – 3 C daily
80+ lb. – 4 C (and up) daily
Read how to choose the right hypoallergenic dog treats.