If your dog suffers from allergies, preparing homemade hypoallergenic dog food allows you to select wholesome, natural foods she can tolerate. Hypoallergenic dog food has a decreased tendency to provoke allergic reactions because it excludes protein triggers, such as wheat, gluten, soya, some meat, eggs and dairy products.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Wrap the salmon filets in parchment paper, and place on a baking sheet. Bake until the fish flakes easily, or about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the salmon from the oven and coarsely chop into a bowl. Set aside to cool completely.
Peel the sweet potato, then chop into small cubes. Cut the baby-cut carrots in halves. Place the sweet potato and baby carrots in the saucepan, cover with water and boil until tender, about 20 to 30 minutes. Drain the vegetables, then set aside to cool. Chop the parsley, then set aside.
Gently toss the salmon with the vegetables in a bowl. Fold the vitamin E, nutritional supplements or canine multi-vitamin and chopped parsley into the salmon and veggies.Spoon about one-quarter of the food into your dog's bowl for each of two daily servings for an average-sized dog, 50 to 60 pounds. Drizzle with olive oil, and serve. Store the leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Double the recipe and divide into individual serving portions in plastic zip-top bags, and freeze for up to one month.
A meal that is hypoallergenic for one dog does not necessarily mean it will be for another. There may be a vast range of food sensitivities or triggers that only an elimination diet can determine.
Consult a veterinarian when allergies are suspected. Common signs of allergy are Itching and scratching, dandruff or an excessively oily and odorous coat, chronic ear infections or a buildup of yeasty debris in the ears, chronic licking of the feet and front legs often causing a red, raw spot referred to as hotspot, gastrointestinal upset with flatulence and general lethargy.
This salmon and vegetable meal makes enough to feed a medium-sized dog, about 50 to 60 pounds for two days, or one salmon filet and one-half of the veggies divided into two meals per day, depending on the size of the salmon filet.
Try a variety of other fish in your dog's meals, such as tuna, mackerel and whitefish.
Other meats such as organically-raised, cage-free turkey or free-range chicken, and fish such as tuna, mackerel or whitefish may be incorporated into the homemade hypoallergenic diet, if tolerated well by your pooch.
Along with sweet potatoes, try finely-diced raw carrots or zucchini, or cooked cauliflower, green beans and squashes such as pumpkin.
Items You Will Need
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- 2 Alaskan salmon filets
- 1 large organic sweet potato
- 1/2 cup organic baby-cut carrots
- 1 tablespoon fresh organic parsley
- 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 200 IU vitamin E
- Canine multi-vitamin or nutritional supplement
- The Honest Kitchen:
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- the Honest Kitchen: Hypoallergenic Dog Food
- Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog; Wendy Volhard and Kerry Brown, D.V.M.
- H Allergen HA+ Hypoallergenic Dog Food: Why Hypoallergenic
- The Dog Bowl: Benefits of Kelp
- Whole Dog Journal: Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
- Whole Dog Journal: Fish Oil for Dogs
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