Last year my poor dog had such severe allergies she was loosing her hair. After taking her to the vet and discovering she was allergic to the corn in her food and grass outside. I went to the pet store and found that over 80% of dog food sold has corn as the first ingredient listed. Which means the food is mostly corn. Corn is a GMO food.
I did some research and began making my own dog food. She loved it. It was not a lot of work but only last about 3 days so you must do it often. Working from home, I have the time to do this. Those who have to work outside the home may not have the time. I tried making larger batches so it would last a week, but she did not want it after 3 days. To be honest, I don’t want food that was cooked 5 days ago either, so I couldn’t blame her.
After about 2 weeks, the itching and scratching was less and her hair started to return. This was great. The vet wanted $17 a week to give her a shot, I did not want to spend that on drugs, the trip to town (which for me is 1 1/2 hours round trip) the stress on her and no guarantee it would work. I opted for a natural alternative and it worked great. Her hair came back thick and fluff, her itching went away and the whelps on her belly were gone.
Win Win if you ask me.
We have to keep our grass cut as it really irritates her skin.
You will find many different recipes on line for homemade dog food, make sure you are giving them enough of the vitamins and nutrients they need in the food you prepare. It takes time, research and effort but it so much better for them than shots. This is my opinion of course but has been documented by many holistic vets.
Here is what I cooked for her:
1 cup brown rice
1/2 cup lentils
1/4 cup green peas
1/4 cup green beans
1/4 cup carrots
2 TBSP natural peanut butter
2 eggs (I have chickens so mine are natural/organic)
organic flax oil or cold pressed virgin coconut oil
chicken (deboned and skin removed)
The rice and veggies are cooked together in the broth from the chicken. NO spices, salt or any by-products. No corn, sugar or preservatives. Chicken was cooked, cooled and shredded in the food processor. All items combined and placed in an air tight container, stored in the fridge. Each day she was given one cup.
After time I eliminated the rice and beans. The amount of meat was increased. I also added organic oatmeal to the mix.
She really enjoyed it.
*avoid white rice and pasta, no onions, some dogs fair well with garlic but use with care*