Itchy skin can be caused by a number of reasons. Environmental allergies and a poor diet are two of the most common variables that cause dog's to suffer with itchy, dry skin. The problem could be cured by switching your dog to a homemade dog food for itchy skin, but only your veterinarian can tell you for sure.
It's very important to seek the advice of your veterinarian if your dog can't stop scratching. You won't be able to stop the itching until you find the source of the problem. If your dog has an infestation of fleas, a skin condition (like mange) or is allergic to something in his environment, switching his food won't make a difference.
If your veterinarian agrees that the itching is caused by dietary problems, they may want to perform an allergy test on your pet. When you find out what ingredients your pup is allergic to, you can create recipes or purchase a commercial food that does not include that ingredient.
If the problem is poor nutrition, this homemade dog food for itchy skin may help. It is made with limited ingredients and an uncommon protein source to reduce the chance of food sensitivities.
Homemade Dog Food for Itchy Skin Recipe
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- 1 large sweet potato (chopped)
- 1 medium carrot (chopped)
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- 2 cups water
Sauté the ground turkey in the coconut oil in a medium size sauce pan. You can chop the sweet potato and carrot while the turkey is cooking. When the meat is thoroughly cooked, add the chopped sweet potato, carrot and water to the pot.
Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Then, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer the recipe for about 20 minutes. Stir in the frozen peas and let the homemade dog food for itchy skin sit until it's completely cooled.
The heat will warm the peas. Once the recipe is completely cool you can serve it to your pup. The recommended serving size is about 1/2 cup for every 20-25 pounds of body weight. This recommendation is for 2 servings per day.
Your veterinarian can help you adjust the serving size to the right portion for your pet. Active dogs will require more calories than lazier pups. Your dog's weight, age and health condition will also affect the amount of food he will need each day.
Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You can also make this recipe in bulk and store it in an airtight container in the freezer for 2-3 months.