Homemade dog food for dogs with allergies is a really great option when you consider all of the irritants and allergens that commercial dog food may contain.
While you probably have never considered it, many of the ingredients contained in commercial dog food have zero nutritional value for your dog, home made dog food is the way forward.
What is Really in Commercial Dog Food?
Have you considered reading the label?
When you see things like “by products”, then you should be concerned. By products can be any number of things, but generally, they can be categorized as whatever is not consumed by humans, including scraps trimmed away from choice meat cuts, fat, bone, intestines, ligaments, hooves, beaks, horns…. if this disgusts you, it is because this is truly disgusting.
Unfortunately, pet foods are not as closely regulated as human food.
Many different types of foods can be cooked and added to your dog’s food, and it is also possible to make generous batches of the food and then freeze it into separate portions to ensure that you have enough to last you for quite some time so you don’t have to make homemade dog food for dogs with allergies from scratch each and every day.
The basic ratio in homemade dog food for dogs with allergies is about 45% protein, 30% carbohydrates and 15% fat. The protein can be just about anything that is lean, including beef, lamb, pork, chicken, fish or eggs.
Carbohydrates can be vegetables, just so long as you do not add things like garlic and onions which can be toxic to dogs. The fat can be an essential fatty acid such as fish oil or flax seed oil.
The oil can help to reduce inflammation and skin irritation which should be one of the main objectives in homemade dog food for dogs with allergies.
Why You Should Make Your Own Dog Food
Your dog will really enjoy your homemade dog food, and will probably be excited at meal times. Can you imagine eating the same food twice daily for the rest of your life? This is what we subject our dogs to when we purchase the same commercial dog food over and over again.
It is really not that difficult to blend and create your own homemade dog food, using low cost ingredients, that your dog will absolutely love.
Start by asking at your local supermarket about stewing meats or lower cost cuts of meat that you can purchase in bulk.
You can decide whether you are going to feed your dog raw or cooked; however, if you decide to go with raw, you will have to ease your dog into it slowly because his stomach will not be accustomed to it yet.
Sprinkling a garlic powder and a couple of teaspoons of essential oil over your dog’s food just before serving it. The garlic powder helps to repel fleas and the essential oil reduces skin irritation.
Don’t be put off; making homemade dog food for dogs with allergies is not that hard.