Post # 1
Hi Pet Parents and Friends!
Please share your dogs fav homemade recipes! I’m trying to build my recipe book up for my dog who is a year and has several (like 50) allergies to the environment and food.
Post # 3
We have found the best solution for us is dehydrated special formula food. In particular, we feed Honest Kitchen which is human-grade food with a variety of protein sources and formulas to choose from, including gluten-free and grain-free. We were cooking from a variety of dog food recipes before but the only thing my dogs have consistently eaten daily (for both store-bought and homemade food) has been HK food. You just add warm water and wait 5 minutes. I read online that a lot of dogs with major allergies do well with HK. I think they’ll also send you sample sizes too so you don’t have to commit to a giant box right away.
Post # 4
As a vet, I strongly discourage using recipes off the Internet. A study came out this past month from our main vet journal looking at home cooked diet recipes and all were found to be nutritionally inadequate unless they were prepared under the supervision of a boarded veterinary nutritionist.
It is difficult to properly balance calcium and phosphorus ratios on your own and this can lead to serious medical consequences. You should speak with your vet about commercially available hypoallergenic diets or ask for a referral to a boarded nutritionist if you really want to pursue a home cooked diet.
Post # 5
We feed our dogs cooked meat (mainly chicken) and vegetables. This was at the recommendation of our holistic vet, and our dogs are doing great 🙂 Be sure to give them chicken broth and fat as well.
Post # 6
@lilbluebird: I have cats and they HATE Honest Kitchen – no matter how hard I try to incorporate it into their diets. Sigh! Supposedly the dog products have a might higher acceptance rate.
No offense to our vet bees (we love you, honest!), but most prescription diets are made with really crappy ingredients. I had cats diagnosed with FLUTD and CRF and the vets gave me dire warnings of what would happen to the cats if I did not feed a prescription diet. I to proceeded to spent months scanning the nutritional and veterinary literature, as well as consulting with several holistic vets. I ended up slightly modifying recipes by Dr. Donald Strombeck (a veterinary gastroenterologist known for his nutritional research) – Home-prepared Dog and Cat Diets, the Healthful alternative. And balancing the calcium/phosphorus levels is not that hard. All of our cats benefited from the dietary change. The FLUTD cats both lived an additional 14 years after diagnosis and the CRF cat lived to be 21 and 1/2 years old. I still home-cook wet food for our cats and use the best quality kibble I can afford – no corn, soy, or what (common allergens), no by-products, etc. I also add nutritional supplements and probiotics as recommended by our holistic vet.
I tried raw with the cats and they never really warmed up to it. I have seen some amazingly healthy animals who are fed raw diets. That being said, I think a lot of caution must be used with raw in terms of meat sources, sanitary conditions, meat handling, etc. In other words, I think it can be done and be of great benefit, but it has to be done with some care.
I must admit I am becoming increasingly worried about GMOs and contaminated imported ingredients in pet food (as well as people food!).
Post # 7
Another vet here. I strongly second what mtrl01 said. Think of it this way… you wouldn’t try and formulate your own baby formula if your baby couldn’t handle regular breast milk or formula. You would be discussing it with a pediatrician to make sure your baby get all the correct nutrients that it needs. It is no different with a dog. This is NOT a good area to try and DIY!
Post # 8
Ok, to all the Vets out there, my post is about treat recipes, etc. I feed him ZD Ultra (per my vet) for his allergies. We are very limited on treats, biscuits, etc. I was hoping for recipes. Thank you for your input. I was curious about what people are feeding their pet with allergies. Because when I talked to my vet she didnt’ recommened homemade food for them (expensive and hard to get balanced).
Post # 9
@Costa Rica Bride: We like thick-sliced dehydrated sweet potato as a rawhide alternative (we buy it as a specific dog treat, but I don’t think it would be hard to make) – my dog can crunch through it really fast but stuffed into a Kong or Everlasting Treat Ball, it makes for a good puzzle for him. I’ve also had good luck substituing garbanzo bean flour for AP/whole wheat flour in most baked-treat recipes. Applesauce or mashed banana can stand in for egg, if that’s on the no-no list.
Post # 10
I am also the proud puppy-momma of a dog with severe allergies. He eats Orijen’s Six Fish, and has never responded well to homemade recipes.
However, I will give you my other tips we use regularly:
vinegar rinses! white or acv, 1 cup to a gallon of water. pour over dog after last bath rinse, allow to sit a minute then towel off. we see a great deduction of allergens and yeast each time.
acidophilus and anti-histimines– takes one dose of each. what we use now in place of cyclosporine and steroids.
we had a string of not-great vets, all focusing on heavy pharmaceuticals (one used to insist on cortisone shots….a total of about 6 in one year. later learned that each of those shots can shave a year off his life…) we’ve done allergy immunotherapy shots, cyclosporine/atopica pills (daily for 3 years), oatmeal baths, everything “hypo-allergenic” (food, shampoo, bedding, everything).
his symptoms are managed now, but we work everyday to find something else we can do for him. he turned 7 this weekend, and has been suffering from allergies since he was 1.5.