Have an itchy, scratchy dog?
If so, allergies may be the culprit!
Some common symptoms of dog allergies:
- Constant licking
- Ear infections
- Red, inflamed skin
- Vomiting and diarrhea
Sure-fire signs of allergies include; itching, chronic skin infections, chronic ear infections, or constantly licking the feet.
Energetically Cooling Food Choices
Eastern Food Therapy can help balance an energetically hot dog.
We recommend a cooling, limited ingredient diet for dogs with any type of allergy.
Create your own recipe combining the foods below.
Keep the number of ingredients to a minimum, choosing no more than one (1) source of meat and dairy, two (2) sources of vegetables and fruit, and two (2) sources of grains and beans.
Make sure to use more cooling foods than neutral foods.
For example, if you use a neutral protein, make sure all of the carbohydrates and fats you use are cool or cold.
Aim for 60% meats and dairy, 20% vegetables and fruit, and 20% grains and beans.
Meats & Dairy
Kidney, pork (neutral)
Liver, beef (neutral)
Liver, sheep (cooling)
Vegetables & Fruit
Dandelion leaf (cooling)
Mushroom, button (cooling)
Summer Squash (cooling)
Sweet potato (neutral)
Swiss Chard (cooling)
Grains & Beans
Barley sprouts (cooling)
Black beans (neutral)
Black sesame seeds (neutral)
Broad beans (neutral)
Brown Rice (cooling)
Green beans (neutral)
Green peas (neutral)
Kidney bean (neutral)
Mung bean (cooling)
Red beans (neutral)
Sesame Seed (cooling)
String beans (neutral)
Wheat bran (cooling)
Wheat flour (cooling)
White rice (neutral)
Black sesame oil (cooling)
Flaxseed oil (cooling)
Olive oil (neutral)
Peanut oil (neutral)
Sauce, wheat (cooling)
Sesame oil (cooling)
Soybean oil (cooling)
A Limited Ingredient Dog Food Recipe
5 pounds turkey
1.5 pounds veggies
1 1/3 pounds kidney beans (cooked weight)
¼ cup ground flax seed
1 ½ tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons salt
De-bone and chop meat.
Place all ingredients in a crockpot and cook on low for 4 hours.
In addition, add the following to your pet’s diet:
- One pet multivitamin per day
- Calcium supplement 50mg/kg of body weight (22mg/lb of body weight) per day. Some good choices are:
- Eggshell powder
- Bone meal
- Feed roughly 1.5 cups per 25 pounds of body weight twice daily
- Monitor your pet’s weight. If an undesirable weight loss occurs, please contact your veterinarian immediately so that you can make an adjustment in the feeding/diet plan.
Please consult with your veterinarian and use personal judgment when cooking at home for your dog.
Even though pet food recalls and the poor quality of some pet foods are a concern, many veterinarians voice concerns over homemade diets.
Some vets feel that when fed exclusively, homemade diets may result in vitamin/mineral deficiencies that can adversely affect a pet’s health.
If you choose to feed your dog a homemade diet, you must understand and meet your dog’s needs to stay healthy.
Please share our recipe with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can advise you on supplements for your pet’s individual situation.
Monitor your dog’s health by observing his/her temperament, skin, coat and waste. If you notice anything strange, contact your veterinarian immediately.