One of my dogs suffered from severe allergies. This lead me on a journey to find the best and healthiest foods for her. It seems too, that every time I look at news, there's a pet food recall. It's not so hard to cook for pets, I make their dinner when I make mine. Loving dogs as I do, I enjoy cooking for them. Keeping them happy and healthy makes me happy!
Growing up in the English countryside, our family dogs were always fed people food, not from the table, but in their bowl! (ok, I admit, I used to sneak tidbits under the table). The meat was usually some kind of offal, Brits are big on offal, or leftovers from the Sunday roast or a chicken. A few veggies were added to this, with a little gravy. Our dog lived to 15, with very few vet visits other than teeth cleaning.
I make something different every night, rotating meats and veggies to keep their diets varied. I learned that dogs that suffer allergies should not be fed the same thing over and over. Didn't seem to make sense at first, but on further research, I found that allergies often occur just because of that!
I chose the obvious, and eliminated all grains. Also adding anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant spices, vitamins and seeds along with some pro-biotics to make sure everything is absorbed and to add the friendly bacteria.
This is what I prepared for my three small dogs tonight:
One can of sardines (each), in water with skin bone
Coconut flour mixed with warm water. One heaped tbsp per 10lbs of body weight.
Freshly ground flax and chia seeds, one tsp of each per dog.
Steamed broccoli and kale.
Sprinkle of turmeric.
Vitamin C powder.
Ratios of meat: 40%, vegetable 50% other fiber 10%. Fat is good for your dog in small quantities, no more then 15% fat in the meat. Do not overdo fat as it can cause pancreatitis.
I feed sardines once a week only.
A little about some of the ingredients:
Coconut flour is a great source of fiber, low in calories and carbohydrates. It provides protein and iron. Fiber is important in your dogs diet to help with elimination and therefore toxins too, also anal gland secretion. Added fiber is also a great way to help a dog lose weight, as it satiates the appetite with very little calories.
Sardines provide not just protein but essential omega 3 fatty acid, vitamin D, phosphorus, B12.
Flax is known for it's anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer properties as well as omega 3.
Chia seeds contain a number of vitamins and minerals, a very popular Superfood.
Kelp, a seaweed, contains iodine and is rich in minerals. Effective supplement for endocrine system and metabolism.
Kale is an excellent source for Vitamins A, K, C, and many minerals. Anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
The carbohydrates in the vegetables and coconut flour are enough, starches/grains are not necessary carbs in a dogs diet.
The poops your dog will have are proof that this is a healthy diet! Mine all also have very shiny, soft coats and very little dander. They have never had any ear issues (stinky or slimy stuff in their ears) and never any skin problems. Since I started them on this diet, my little Dachshunds allergies have not occurred in years. They are at a perfect weight, with a waistline, feel a little ribs.
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Upon finding out that my trusted chicken jerky treat, by Dogswell, had been recalled, I decided it was time to start baking my own. One of my dogs, Bunny, has severe allergies and has actually had anaphylaxis twice. So, feeding her a healthy diet has been paramount to maintaining her good health. Aside from baking treats, I cook for my three dogs daily. I've been doing this for a number of years, also based on Bunny's allergies. I will be blogging about healthy balanced dinners, nutritionally sound for dogs. Today, I'd like to share with you a recipe for an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant treat that my dogs just love!
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
2 tbsp flax seed, whole seed freshly ground
2 tbsp chia seed, whole seed freshly ground
1 tbsp Marmite (yeast spread)
1 tsp organic unsulphured Blackstrap molasses (please omit if your dog has cancer, bacterial infection, is on anti-biotics)
1 cup water
1 heaped tbsp organic unrefined coconut oil
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp kelp
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and stir. I prefer to use freshly ground flax and chia seed and use a coffee grinder for this. Heat up cup of water and add Marmite, Blackstrap molasses and coconut oil, stir until blended. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until fully blended. Lightly grease baking tray with some coconut oil and place rolled out and cut dough to tray. Put in pre-heated to 350 degrees oven for approximately 20 minutes (time may vary depending on how thick/thin you roll the dough).
A little about the ingredients:
Coconut flour is a great alternative to gluten flours, it has fewer digestible carbs than other flours. It contains protein, iron and a high percent of dietary fiber. Extra fiber in your dogs diet helps digestion and elimination therefore helping in absorption of vitamins and minerals and in detoxing. Filling but not fattening.
Buckwheat flour, even though it's name says "wheat" it is actually a gluten free flour. Made from a fruit seed, buckwheat is often mistakenly thought of as a grain. Rich in flavonoids; phytonutrients that protect against diseases by extending vitamin C absorption. Also a high fiber and low carb flour, buckwheat contains protein and the calories all come from this protein, not carbohydrates. It contains magnesium, phosphorus for healthy bones and teeth, copper and iron for red blood cell production. Vitamins that it contains are all fat soluble, 3 B vitamins and thiamin for healthy circulation.
Flax seed has many benefits, it's anti inflammatory properties are well documented in fighting allergies, bowel disease, skin problems, arthritis, and cancer. Loaded with omega 3 fatty acids flax seed helps in the fight against weakened immune systems.
Chia seeds are becoming very popular for humans and why not dogs too! containing omega 3's and 6's and large amounts of protein, fiber, calcium and iron, along with magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, zinc and boron. This all adds up to healthy cells, brain and eye development, joints, immune system and skin and coat.
Marmite is high in niacin (vitamin B3) B12 and brewers yeast. Studies reveal that Marmite can ward off infection, B3 boosts white blood cells to fight off bacteria. Also rich in omega fatty acids and anti-oxidants, brewers yeast helps ward off fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and biting insects. Great too for dogs that have high stress/anxiety as it helps balance hormones related to stress.
Blackstrap molasses is full of vitamins and minerals, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, chromium, copper, selenium, protein and B vitamins. A superfood indeed! Used especially and effectively for treatment of arthritis.
Coconut oil, virgin, unrefined and organic contains lauric acid, noted for anti cancer properties. Great for digestion, skin, coat, metabolism and digestive issues.
Kelp, this seaweed is rich in minerals and salts. Great for the endocrine system and therefore metabolism. Helps to keep fleas and ticks at bay as well as being a huge benefit for dogs with allergies. Rich in iron, iodine and amino acids it fortifies the blood and helps boost the immune system.
Cumin and turmeric are known for their anti-inflammatory, anti cancer, anti-oxidant properties.
Please check with your vet when feeding anything new.