Hypoallergenic dog foods are ideal for many different dogs, not just those suffering with allergies. They can also be a great choice for dogs with sensitive stomachs and those with health concerns that need limited ingredient foods. This hypoallergenic homemade dog food recipe avoids using some of the most common ingredients known to cause food allergies.
Food allergies can manifest in different ways. The most common symptoms include upset stomach, diarrhea and itchy skin. If left untreated, your dog's quality of life will greatly decrease with a food allergy. Not to mention, he could become dehydrated from vomiting or chronic diarrhea.
According to the Louisiana State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital:
Some pets develop specific hypersensitivities to components of their diets. The allergen usually is a major protein or carbohydrate ingredient such as beef, chicken, pork, corn, wheat, or soy. Minor ingredients such as preservatives or dyes are also potential allergens. (Source)
There are plenty of commercial hypoallergenic dog food brands out there, but pet owners can also make their own. This hypoallergenic homemade dog food recipe uses chicken as the protein source. If your dog happens to be sensitive to chicken, just substitute a different protein source that your dog's stomach can handle.
Hypoallergenic Homemade Dog Food Recipe
- 1 cup brown rice
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups vegetables
- 1 pound of boneless chicken breast
This recipe has as few instructions as it does ingredients! Because this is a slow cooker recipe, you simply add the ingredients, set the slow cooker and then go about your daily routine until the recipe is finished cooking.
As I explain in my video guide, you'll need to layer the ingredients in the same order that they are listed above. Pour the rice into the bottom of the crock pot, add the water, veggies and then place the chicken on top.
Speaking of vegetables, you can add any dog-friendly vegetables that you'd like to this hypoallergenic homemade dog food recipe. I used squash, carrots and green beans. Peas, broccoli, pumpkin, kale and spinach are all great choices as well.
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Once you've added all of the ingredients, put the lid on the slow cooker and cook this hypoallergenic homemade dog food recipe on low for about 8 hours. After 4 or 5 hours you'll notice that chicken becomes extremely tender and you can pull it apart into smaller pieces with a fork.
Once the food cools, you can serve it to your pet. The serving size for this recipe is about 1/2 cup for every 10 pounds of weight per day. For example, our Labrador weighs 80 pounds, so she gets 4 cups of this food every day. It's best to split this amount into two smaller portions for feeding in the morning and night.
You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. You can also freeze leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 months. As I mention in my video guide, I like to make large batches on this hypoallergenic homemade dog food recipe and freeze it for use when I'm too busy to spend an afternoon making meals for my dogs.
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