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 for Allergy-Prone Dogs
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.
A nutritionally balanced canine diet contains:
- 60% – 80% Protein – mostly from meat
- 20% – 40% Carbohydrates – from grains, vegetables, and fruit
- A minimum of 2% fat
Use the list of foods below to create endless delicious recipe combinations for your furry friend!
Mix up the ingredients as needed to create a food that your dog loves.
You can easily track the protein, carbohydrate and fat ratios in an online food log like the ones found on Fitbit and Livestrong websites.
In order to keep the recipe low-allergen, you must limit the ingredients to one protein source, two vegetable sources, and one fat source per batch.
The sample recipe also calls for honey and flax seeds. We recommend adding both to each batch you make.
Honey is cooling and helps with allergies. Use local honey if possible for a better end result.
Flax seeds are a source Omega-3 content. Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory. (Fish oil is a better source of Omega-3s, but you can’t cook fish oil because it will degrade.
It’s best to stick to all cooling food items, but you may add one neutral item per bach for convenience.
Kidney, pork (neutral)
Liver, beef (neutral)
Black beans (neutral)
Black sesame seeds (neutral)
Broad beans (neutral)
Green beans (neutral)
Green peas (neutral)
Kidney bean (neutral)
Red beans (neutral)
String beans (neutral)
White rice (neutral)
Black sesame oil
Peanut oil (neutral)
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
Debone and chop meat and vegetables.
Place all ingredients in crockpot layering:
- Slow cooking root vegetables on bottom
- Meat in the middle
- Fast cooking items on top
Top with 1 cup water.
Cook on low for 4 hours.
In addition, add the following to your pet’s diet:
- One canine multivitamin per day.
- Calcium supplement 50mg/kg of body weight (22mg/lb of body weight) per day. Some other good choices for calcium are eggshell powder or 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.