Once you have established that your dog has food allergies, you will have to make some decisions as to how to change their diet. There are two options. You can prepare homemade diets or purchase commercial diets specifically designed for food allergy dogs. (Photo Credit: Eloise Mason/Flickr
You may choose to prepare your dog food for allergy at home. If this is the case, consult with your veterinarian before you begin. Here too, you have options. With the proper guidance, you can prepare a raw dog diet from ingredients found at your grocery store. It is important to maintain the proper levels of protein, fat and carbohydrates in your dog’s allergy diet and therefore your vet is your best consultant.
Opinions vary as to how dog allergy food should be done. There are many suggestions online and some are excellent. If you have acquaintances that feed their dogs "raw", they may be an even better assistant with your preparation.
Remember that you are doing this because of potential dog food allergies. You should eliminate any ingredients that are in your dog’s current food. If you commercial dog food is beef based, change to another protein. Eliminate grains that may have been in the commercial dog food and switch to raw vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, potatoes and green beans. Potatoes and brown rice are good choices for your carbohydrate. Amounts vary and you should ask your vet how much of this diet your allergic dog would need. (Photo Credit: ColorblindPICASO/Flickr)
It is often suggested that you eliminate the common proteins such as beef and chicken and switch to other meats. Venison, rabbit, duck and fish are good changes. Use the same protein for the entire period of your trial. The only reason to switch would be if your dog exhibits further allergic reactions or sensitivities. Once you have gone through the elimination process with one of the combinations, you can try another. Dogs do not need a great variety, but owners seem to think they do.
During the initial trials, do not give your dog any treats that are not made of the same ingredients in the main food. Doing so will defeat the purpose of the trial period. Elimination of extra ingredients will allow you to make an educated decision as to the effectiveness of the change.
If you choose to cook your dog allergy food, you will have to eliminate all bones from the meats. Cooked bones will splinter when your dog eats them. Raw bones are less likely to splinter. The same percentages that are in the raw food diet can be used in the cooked. The meat can be cooked in a large skillet with enough moisture to keep it from sticking. Vegetables can be cooked separately and added to the meat when done.
If you have a very small dog, you may want to further chop the ingredients in a food processor to get the chunks down to their size.
Some vegans want to feed their dogs vegetarian diets. There are mixed opinions on this subject and with sensitivity to grains, you may have to use extreme caution with the choice of ingredients for your dog allergy food.
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