Homemade Dog Food Recipes for Skin Allergies

By Tom •  Updated: 06/04/22 •  10 min read
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Homemade Dog Food Recipes for Skin Allergies

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Do you have a dog that suffers from skin allergies? Have you tried to use different dog foods to help him find relief? If so, we understand it can be frustrating. The process of going through so many different dog foods is also quite expensive. So, what can you do to help your dog and keep expenses down?

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You may want to consider making homemade dog food recipes for your allergic fur baby. There are many benefits that go along with making your own dog food. But how do you know where to start?

Find the Cause – Allergy Testing

The very first thing to do may be to visit the vet and talk with them about your dog’s skin allergies. They may prescribe some medication to help your dog find relief. The vet may also want to conduct allergy testing to find out what’s causing your dog’s allergies.

Dogs are very much like us when it comes to allergies. They can develop allergies to foods, anything in the environment, chemicals, and more. Food allergies can be more challenging to determine; however, the vet can tell you whether food allergy tests are needed or not.

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Another way the vet may test your dog for food allergies is with an elimination diet. The elimination diet is sometimes used for humans, too! The test involves feeding your dog different foods. The test is always supervised by the vet, so they can act in case your dog has a serious allergic reaction. The diet includes a limited number of ingredients and may take about 12 weeks to conduct.

If your vet wants to do an elimination diet test, they will tell you how to ensure your fur baby gets all the calories and nutrients he needs during the test.

Eliminate Allergens

Once your vet has determined what your dog is allergic to, they will explain how to avoid and eliminate these allergens for your dog. The best way to keep a dog from having an allergic reaction is by avoiding the allergen(s). That can be very challenging if your dog has environmental allergies, but it’s still doable. The vet may say your dog needs to practice avoidance and take medications, which work together to help your dog feel better.

When it comes to foods, these may be clear after the allergy tests and the elimination diet. Some of the most common food allergens for dogs include:

If a dog eats food that contains ingredients he’s allergic to, he will have an allergic reaction. And these are not the only foods that can cause problems in dogs. Some dogs are also allergic to fish, shellfish, and dairy products (including milk).

It’s important to understand that any allergy cannot be completely cured. The best way to control allergy symptoms is by avoidance and elimination. These methods may also be combined with medications, depending on what the vet finds during allergy testing.

Food Allergy Symptoms in Dogs

Dogs may show the following symptoms if they have a food allergy:

Food allergies can be debilitating and miserable in both dogs and humans!

Homemade Dog Food Can Help Food Allergies

Another way to manage your dog’s food allergies is to make homemade dog food for him! That may sound like a daunting task, but once you get used to this, it’s pretty easy. Dogs aren’t that picky (usually) and love to eat! So, the key is to find dog food recipes that don’t contain ingredients your dog is allergic to and other ingredients he loves!

You may want to check with the vet before starting your dog on a homemade dog food diet. The reason is that you want to be sure to get the nutrients and calories correct for your fur baby. He needs a certain amount of both to stay healthy. Your vet will have the best advice on how many calories and the specific nutrients your dog needs. They may also have some examples of homemade dog food recipes to get you started.

In addition, be sure to avoid any ingredients that are toxic to dogs, such as onions, garlic, and more. Ask the vet about the toxic ingredients you should avoid using in your dog’s food.

Be sure to ask the vet if your dog will need additional supplements on a homemade diet.

Homemade Dog Food Recipes for Allergic Dogs

In this section, we’ll share some recipes that are perfect for dogs with allergies. However, because each dog has different allergies, be sure to review the ingredients to make sure they’re safe for your dog and his allergies! OK, let’s get started!

1. Turkey Stir Fry

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add turkey and olive oil to a frying pan or wok.
  2. Cook on medium-high for about five minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add other ingredients.
  4. Cook everything for an additional 15 minutes, stirring often.
  5. Cool & serve!

2. Crockpot Duck

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in the crockpot in this order: rice, water, veggies, and duck.
  2. Cook food on low for eight hours.
  3. Cool & serve!

3. Easy Deer Meal

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Put water, venison, sweet potatoes. And rosemary into a large Dutch oven or pot.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat to low.
  3. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add frozen veggies and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Cool & Serve!

4. Mutton Dinner for Dogs

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Boil mutton for 1 ½ hours or until done.
  2. Cook oats accord to the package directions.
  3. Drain water from mutton and mix in oatmeal, cucumber, and fish oil.
  4. Serve when cool.

5. Hearty Healthy Stew

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add water, turkey, carrots, green beans, and apple to slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.
  3. Add peas and parsley, then cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Transfer all to a mixing bowl, add olive oil and mash together.
  5. Cool and serve.

6. Veggie Delight

Instructions

Instructions

  1. Steam carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and zucchini for about 10 minutes.
  2. Cook turkey and liver in skillet until fully browned, then drain.
  3. Combine meat and veggies, then mash or chop in a food processor.
  4. Toss with olive oil.
  5. Serve when cool.

7. Doggy Turkey Stew

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Saute meat in pot until browned.
  2. Stir in coconut oil, potatoes, carrots, and water.
  3. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and cover; simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Stir in frozen peas until heated.
  5. Cool and serve

8. Lamb & Rice Meal

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. First, cube the lamb or grind it—either will work.
  2. Cook the lamb meat in a skillet. Add water to just cover the meat. Wait until the water comes to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer. Cover the meat and cook for about 30 minutes.
  3. Drain excess liquid.
  4. Cook the rice in another pot, according to package directions.
  5. When the ingredients are finished, let them cool down, then mix together and serve!

9. Easy Crockpot Beef & Rice Meal

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add 4 cups of water to crockpot.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Cover and cook for 6 hours on low (on high for 3 hours).
  4. Stir occasionally.
  5. Allow to cool and serve.

10. Beef Stew of Dogs

Ingredients

Ingredients

  1. Microwave sweet potato for 5 to 8 minutes, until tender and firm.
  2. Slice beef stew chunks into small, bite-sized pieces for your dog
  3. Cook meat in skillet in vegetable oil over medium-heat until well done (about 10 to 15 minutes)
  4. Remove stew meat from pan, keeping drippings.
  5. Dice sweet potato.
  6. Heat drippings to medium heat and slowly add water and flour, whisking to create a thick gravy.
  7. Add in the meat, carrots, green beans, and sweet potato, stirring till coated.
  8. Cook for about 15 minutes until veggies are tender.
  9. Allow to cool and serve.

11. Turkey Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cut carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli.
  2. Add 6 cups of water and oil to ground turkey in a large pot and boil until meat is cooked.
  3. Add vegetables and fish oil to the pot and continue cooking until veggies are tender, then drain.
  4. Cook the rice in a separate pot according to the package directions.
  5. Combine rice and turkey/veggie mixture.
  6. Let cool and serve.

12. Pork & Veggie Meatballs

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cut or grate all veggies.
  3. Combine pork, flaxseed, oats, yogurt, oil, and fish oil in a large bowl. Mix well.
  4. Form this mixture into 1 oz meatballs and place on a parchment-covered cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes.
  5. Let cool before serving.

Summing It Up

When a dog has allergies, he’s miserable and doesn’t feel good. If your fur baby has symptoms of allergies or has an allergic reaction, be sure to call the vet right away. Your dog needs to be evaluated for allergies.

The vet may run allergy tests and an elimination diet to find what your canine companion’s allergic to. This process can take a while, so be patient. When the vet has learned your dog’s allergies, they will explain how to avoid and eliminate these allergens so your dog can feel better. They may also prescribe medicine and a homemade dog food diet!

You’ll be surprised at how much better your dog feels once his allergies are managed and controlled! We hope some of the recipes in this article will be a good fit for your allergic canine companion!

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Tom

Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!
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