There aren't a lot of commercial dog food options for dogs with allergies. Of the recipes available, most are very expensive. For this reason, many pet owners choose to feed their allergic dog a homemade diet. When you make dog food at home, you know what ingredients go in it and what care is used in preparation.
Food allergies are not as common in dogs as most people think. Quite the opposite, allergies are usually caused by the environment and/or genetics. However, some possible food allergies in dogs could be caused by meats, grains, corn or dairy.
By making homemade dog food for you pup, you can alter recipes to fit his exact needs. It's one of the most popular approaches to the elimination diet, which helps to figure out the cause of allergic reactions.
Keep in mind that this recipe is just a suggestion. It will not be suitable for every dog with allergies. Be sure to check with your veterinarian or a canine nutritionist before switching your dog to a new diet.
An expert in canine nutrition will evaluate your dog and this recipe. They can help you decide if this recipe will be nutritionally balanced for your pup. It is likely that they will also recommend supplements to add to this (or other) homemade recipes.
Crockpot Duck Chuck for Dogs with Allergies
- 1 lb. duck
- 1 cup DRY brown rice
- 1 cup carrots (chopped)
- 1 cup peas
- 2 cups water
As with most slow cooker recipes, this Duck Chuck is very easy to prepare. It only takes me about 15 minutes to prepare all of the ingredients. Once prepared, just add the ingredients to the slow cooker in the order listed above.
You can cook this dog food on low for 8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. If you're adding supplements or a multi-vitamin to the recipe, be sure to add it once the food has cooled. You don't want to alter the nutrients in the supplements through the cooking process.
Once the food has cooled, you can immediately feed it to your pet. The recommended serving size is about 1/2 cup for every 20 pounds of body weight. You can store leftovers in the refrigerator for 5-7 days, or freeze them for up to 3 months.
If you'd like to change up this recipe, you can use a different protein source or other dog-friendly vegetables. Just be sure to discuss these changes with your canine nutrition expert to ensure they will still offer a balanced diet.
You may choose to use beef, chicken, bison or even ostrich meat instead of duck. If you're on a budget, use ingredients that are in season and easily found in the area that you live in.
The same goes for vegetables. Feel free to use any other dog-safe vegetables, such as broccoli, sweet potato, green beans, kale or spinach. Again, try to find veggies that are in season to save on your budget. You can even grow your own vegetables to add to your dog's dinner if you'd like.