Yeast infections are a fairly common skin condition in dogs. They are typically not something to worry about, but you should seek veterinary care to get the condition cleared up as soon as possible. This homemade dog food for yeast infections should help clear up skin conditions associated with an overgrowth of yeast.
Skin infections caused by yeast are known as yeast dermatitis. One particular type of yeast, Malassezia, lives on your dog's skin all the time. It does not typically cause problems, but when their is an overpopulation of this yeast, an infection can occur.
If your dog is scratching his ears incessantly, has cracked lips or red, inflamed skin, it could be a sign that he has a yeast infection. Chewing of the paws is another sign of a yeast infection in dogs, as the yeast can build up between the toes and cause irritation. Finally, if the red, itchy skin is accompanied with a foul smell, it's very likely that your dog has a yeast infection.
Home remedies may get rid of a yeast infection in dogs, but your veterinarian can also prescribe a topical cream to help treat the condition quickly. This homemade dog food for yeast infections is also known as a yeast starvation diet. It will help to treat the infection, and then your dog should be gradually returned to his regular diet.
This diet will not provide balanced nutrition for your dog. If your dog suffers from chronic yeast infections, consult a canine nutritionist about the best yeast starvation to meet his needs. This recipe may be a good option for your pet, but a canine nutrition expert will likely recommend adding additional supplements and/or a multi-vitamin.
Homemade Dog Food for Yeast Infections
- 3 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 2 chicken bouillon cubes
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 lb. frozen vegetables
Most experts recommend a diet free of grains, potato and yeast if you're trying to make yeast starvation dog food. As you can see, this recipe follows those guidelines. However, there is one ingredient that I am often asked about – garlic.
Most pet owners are under the impression that garlic is toxic to dogs. This is only true for large quantities of garlic. In moderation, garlic is actual a very beneficial ingredient for canines.
Foods in the genus Allium, like garlic, onions and leeks were once considered incredibly dangerous for dogs. But, according to the Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases, “garlic, on the other hand, is considered to be less toxic and safe for dogs than onion when used in moderation.”
Garlic has natural anti-parasitic, anti-fungal and antibiotic properties. As I mentioned, this recipe should not be fed for a long period of time. It will help to treat the infection, and then your dog should be gradually returned to his regular diet.
Making this homemade dog food for yeast infections is quite simple. It's a slow cooker recipe, so it's great if you work outside the home and want to prepare homemade food for your pet. Just pop the ingredients into the slow cooker before leaving for work, and you'll have a home cooked meal for Fido when you return.
For this recipe, add the chicken, garlic, bouillon and water to your slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours. If you will be out of the house for more than 6 hours, that's okay. Your slow cooker will automatically shut off or switch to a ‘warm' setting after 6 hours.
Now, add the vegetables and cook on low for another 30 minutes. When the homemade dog food for yeast infections is cooled, you can serve it to your dog.
The recommended serving size is about 1/2 cup for every 20 pounds of body weight. You should feed 2 servings per day. Keep in mind that exceptionally active dogs will require more calories, while less active dogs may not require as many. You can store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 6 days.