When I adopted my little J-dog, I expected him to be a sweet little cuddler, and of course, he is. What I didn’t expect was his skin allergies making him and everyone else uncomfortable. Luckily, his skin cleared up when I started preparing his dog food from scratch.
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Why Home Made Dog Food Is Better for a Dog’s Skin (at Least Sometimes)
Using J-dog as an example, he has a grain allergy and if he starts eating grain-based dog food, he gets itchy and starts to lose his fur. I could pick up grain-free dog food at the store, but it often upsets his tummy, leading to “other” unpleasant problems – plus it gets pricey to get the really good brands.
The benefits of preparing your own dog food – for owners of dogs that have allergies and skin problems – are that you get to feel good about helping your pet stay healthy, and you end up with lower vet bills as your pet grows healthier.
(Be sure to discuss anything regarding changing your pet’s diet with your vet before doing it – just to be safe – he or she may recommend a brand that you’re comfortable with.)
Now, I have to admit, this might be harder to maintain for a larger dog. Even with a small pooch, it can be a lot of extra planning. If I forget to plan ahead and get ingredients for his food, I have a backup supply of grain-free food to put in his feeder that I store in the freezer to keep fresh so he never has to go hungry.
Chicken and Sweet Potato Dog Food Recipe
I try to keep my recipes simple and not change things up too much in order to avoid giving J-dog an upset stomach. I do occasionally switch meat and carb sources, depending on what I can find on sale.
Ingredients for Chicken and Sweet Potato Dog Food
This recipe uses a 1:1 ratio of chicken and carbohydrates, but you can mix it up according to your vet’s recommendations – or experiment to come up with something your dog likes.
- Raw cubed chicken (1-cup)
- Raw cubed sweet potato (1-cup)
- (Optional) Peas or diced carrots (1/8-cup)
Directions for Preparing Chicken and Sweet Potato Dog Food
I like to prepare this almost like a stir fry, though it also turns out nice if it’s steamed.
- If stir-frying, spray a light layer of cooking oil in the pan to prevent sticking.
- Put everything in the pan or steamer at the same time, and cook over medium to medium-high heat.
- Let the food cook until the chicken is cooked through and sweet potato cubes get soft.
- (It might seem a little bland to you, but a lot of spices aren’t good for dogs, and bland is typically better for the canine digestive system.)
- Let the food cool before serving it to your dog.
- I like to cook up a large batch ahead of time, so I don’t have to prepare a special meal for the dog every day.
- (I don’t mind spoiling him a little because he gives us an immeasurable amount of love, but there are limits to how many extra meals I want to cook each week, you know what I mean?)
Since I put my little J-dog on a grain-free diet and started cooking the vast majority of his meals, he seems happier, healthier, (fuzzier) and he’s even put on some weight so I’ve had to shop for new dog care products, mainly a pretty new collar for his tags and a car seat harness for him to wear when we go out in the car.
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