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Is your four legged family member scratching, biting, or licking at its paws uncontrollably?

Are the little red bumps that have sprouted on its stomach, legs, or back causing obvious discomfort and itching?

Are you worried about what’s provoking these painful rashes, raw patches, or bite-like red spots all over your dog?

 

The simple answer is: Your dog might have food allergies.

Just like humans, dogs are prone to allergies. Unlike people, though, your pup can’t tell you what’s causing it discomfort or pain. The only answer is for you to be vigilant and thorough in recognizing your dog’s symptoms, and to make the necessary changes that will enable him or her to live a comfortable, symptom-free life.

Aside from itchy rashes and red spots, food sensitivities can be recognized in a number of other ways.

Does your dog experience any of the following symptoms on a regular basis?

-Constant scratching and shaking of the head

-Chronic ear infections

-Frequent diarrhea or gas

-Licking of the feet

-Hair loss

-Red spots or skin inflammation

-Coughing or “hacking”

-Constant sneezing

 

If you can answer yes to one or more of the symptoms listed above, there’s a chance your dog might have a food allergy or intolerance; it’s time to consult your vet for a proper diagnosis.

If a food sensitivity seems likely, your dog might be prescribed medication for temporary relief or allergy shots for a more long term solution. Rest assured, though, even if your dog does suffer from any of these problems, there are other at-home steps to take that will relieve their discomfort and get their health back on track.

 

Here’s where to start:

Try a New Dog Food

 

If your vet does diagnose your dog with a food related sensitivity, the first step to take is switching their food.

Dogs are commonly allergic to foods like:

-Pork

-Poultry (chicken, turkey, duck)

-Beef

-Eggs

-Corn & Wheat

-Dairy

-Soy products

To find out which food your dog is reacting to, try implementing an elimination diet.

 

To do that, remove every single food your dog currently eats and replace it with a food source they’ve never come into contact with before. Like humans, dogs can also develop allergies over long periods of time, so even if your dog has eaten chicken products with no issues throughout its entire life, you’ll still want to eliminate them.

Good food sources to try during the elimination diet stage are things like buffalo, salmon, sweet potatoes, or even kangaroo. While these might sound a little strange, by feeding your dog something they’ve absolutely never come into contact with, you’ll be able to more quickly and surely figure out which specific food is ailing them.

After you’ve switched your dog to a new food, wait for all symptoms to disappear. Once they do, you’ll know your dog isn’t reacting to the food they’re currently eating, and you can start re-introducing more common foods, one at a time.

Reactions to food usually show themselves within a few days to weeks of consumption, so this process will take time. To get your dog’s health back on the right track, though, it’s well worth it.

Once you know which foods your dog is sensitive or allergic to, you can choose to either buy processed food or make your own. If you’ve decided to feed your dog something like venison or kangaroo, for example, feeding your dog a homemade diet might be easier.

Raw Diet Pros and Cons

 

Feeding your dog homemade meals, or a raw diet, comes with its benefits and drawbacks.

Benefits:

-You’ll know exactly what goes into your dog’s food and won’t have to translate words off the back of dog food packaging.

-You’ll be able to use ingredients that might otherwise be hard to find in processed dog food.

-You can eliminate all processed ingredients and preservatives from your dog’s diet.

Negatives:

-Feeding your dog a raw diet can be both time consuming and expensive.

-Dogs have different nutrient requirements than humans, and it’s easy to leave an important element out if you’re not following strict guidelines from a pet dietician.

The best decision for you and your dog will depend on your lifestyle and preferences. Whichever route you choose, make sure your dog’s food only contains ingredients that have been cleared through the elimination diet phase.

What About Treats?

Dogs with food allergies and sensitivities often miss out on the fun stuff like treats and bones. There’s nothing worse than feeding one pup a tasty treat while the other sits by and watches. The good news is, dogs with food sensitivities can enjoy the tastier things in life right alongside their four legged friends.

 

There are three great options when it comes to snacking outside of regular meal times:

 

  1. Feed your dog cut up fruit, vegetables, or even meat for small snacks or treats. Of course, make sure each food is safe for dogs and has passed the elimination diet test. If you’re sure the chosen food is in the clear, though, bite size pieces make excellent treats. Fruits like grapes are a no-go for canines, but apple slices without the seeds can be a perfectly healthy snack. Fully cooked shrimp or other dried meats are also great choices.

 

  1. Buy all natural dog treats. If cooking and preparing snacks for your dog is too time consuming or you’d just prefer the convenience and safety of knowing someone else has handled the hard part for you, opt for pre-made, all natural dog treats. Companies like Safe Bones Co make tasty and healthy treats with no preservatives, which are wonderful on-the-go options your dog will love. You won’t find ingredients like corn meal or chicken by-products with companies like this, so you can rest assured your dog’s health will be in good hands.

 

  1. Prepare home-made treats. Sure, you can feed your dog whole foods like apple or shrimp, but where’s the fun in that? There are hundreds of excellent dog treat recipes for all the avid bakers out there. Try this list for homemade dog treat recipe ideas; make sure to swap out any ingredients your dog might react to.

 

For a crowd favorite, try preparing a batch of homemade jerky treats for your dog.

 

Ingredients needed:

-2 to 3 pounds of meat (use a meat that’s safe for your dog)

-¼ to ½ tsp of soy sauce

-1 tbsp of creamy peanut butter (optional)

 

Follow these steps for tasty jerky treats:

  1. Freeze the meat for 1 to 2 hours. Make sure it’s still thaw enough to slice.
  2. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees after the meat is frozen. You can also use a dehydrator, but an oven will work if you don’t have one.
  3. Slice the almost-frozen meat as thinly as you can without letting it fall apart.
  4. Place the meat slices in mixing bowl and add soy sauce and the optional peanut butter.
  5. Mix the ingredients together and let them sit for 5 minutes.
  6. Place the meat evenly spaced out on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, making sure none of the slices overlap (if you’re using a dehydrator, follow the directions for your machine).
  7. Leave the meat in the oven for 2-4 hours, flipping once throughout. The total cooking/drying time will depend on the season and humidity, and the level of doneness you prefer.
  8. Remove the jerky, let it cool completely, and store it in a cool, dry place.

 

Author bio:  Kristen Youngs writes for pet blogs like https://safebones.co and spends much of her time hanging out with her own pup or traveling the world.

We all love our dogs and we love giving them treats when they do something good. But we may not know what’s in those store bought treats and if it is good or bad. It doesn’t help when there are recalls for dog foods and treats as well, that end up worrying dog owners more than anything. So when you want to give your dog a special treat, what do you do? Well, here are two do-it-yourself gourmet dog treat recipes that you can easily make at home:

Natural Greenies Treats
Greenies is a brand of dental dog treats that helps to freshen breath and clean teeth. Here is your recipe for natural Greenies treats at home! You’ll need: 3 ½ c organic brown rice flour, 1 tbsp premium activated charcoal, 4 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 egg, ½ c packed fresh mint, ½ c packed fresh italian parsley, 1 c chicken broth, 1 tsp Swanson GreenFoods Liquid Chlorophyll.

Heat your oven to 400 and then line a baking sheet with either parchment or spray with non-stick spray. Then mix the flour and the charcoal and put to the side. Now, you’ll want to finely chop the mint and parsley and mix it with both the oil and ¼ c of the broth so that it makes a paste. Once you have your paste made, add in the chlorophyll and mix well. Carefully add the paste mix to the flour and knead like a bread recipe. You’ll want to add in the remaining broth carefully, mixing well in between each addition. If you find that the recipe is getting too stick to knead or roll out, you can add in a bit more flour or dust the area that you’re working with it. The dough will not be green, in fact, it will be a dark gray color normally. Once you have your dough completely mixed and kneaded, roll it out and use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Let them cool and then store in an air tight container in the fridge.

Dog Chicken Jerky
Every dog loves meat, so why not make them and organic treat that they can gobble up? Here is a recipe for organic chicken jerky for your furry baby. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 package lg organic boneless chicken breasts, and a pinch of sea salt. (Pretty simple, right?!) Preheat your oven to 200 degrees and cut the chicken into very thing strips, cutting with the grain and removing all fat. Very lightly sprinkle sea salt onto the strips, not too much, just enough that your dog thinks they are getting human food. Now, lay the strips on a baking sheet or rack and bake about 2 hours at 200 degrees or until the meat is dry, but still soft (like jerky). If you’re not sure that it’s totally done yet, you can leave it in for another 20 minutes or so, checking it often. You basically want to make sure that they chicken is done all the way through.

When it’s finished, let it cool and then store it in an air tight container in the fridge. You can also use a dehydrator for this if you have one, but the oven version does make the chicken a little softer for your dog to chew. And hey, why not try some for yourself while you’re at it? Although, your dog may get a bit jealous.

No matter how much you love your dog, flowers and candy on Valentine’s Day just aren’t appropriate for him! However, you can still show your dog some affection and let him know that you want him to be your Valentine with some healthy Valentine treats. Here are some fun Valentine treat options for you to offer your dog so he won’t feel left on when you’re having some bon bons with your sweetheart.

 

Remember that chocolate is a big No-No for dogs! Even if your dog begs for your Valentine candy, don’t let him have any. And take care to keep your candy and other chocolate out of reach so your dog won’t be tempted to help himself.

 

Homemade Hearts

 

Why not give your dog your heart for Valentine’s Day? Not your actual heart but these delicious homemade hearts. They’re not only healthy for your dog, they’re also easy to make. They’re made with natural ingredients that you can find in your grocery store and they take just a short time to whip together. Your dog will love them!

 

Makes 10 mini cakes

                             Ingredients

For the cake:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 cup butter (or ¼ cup vegetable oil)

¼ cup all natural peanut butter

1 cup shredded carrots

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 ½ tablespoons all natural honey

½ cup lowfat buttermilk

 

For the frosting:

8 ounces of lowfat cream cheese

1 ½ tablespoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

                             Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a mini heart cake pan with nonstick cooking spray and set it aside.
  2. Mix the flour and baking soda. Add the peanut butter, vanilla, honey, and oil/butter and stir. Add the buttermilk, ¼ cup at a time. Stir in carrots.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the mini heart openings, filling each one three-quarters full. Bake for at least 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely.
  4. While the cakes cook, prepare the frosting by beating the cream cheese, vanilla, and cinnamon together. Once the cakes have cooled, frost. Drizzle melted peanut butter on top or top with additional shredded carrots.

 

Carob Hearts

 

Chocolate may be bad for your dog but carob tastes very similar and it’s perfectly fine to give your dog cookies and other treats made with carob. Dogs love them! Try these Carob Heart cookies for your doggy Valentine. These cookies are made with all natural ingredients and if you want to nibble on them yourself, they’re yummy.

 

Ingredients

1 ½ Cups Wheat Flour
½ Cup Rolled Oats
¼ Cup Carob Powder
½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Egg
½ Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Honey

 

Directions

  1. In a small bowl combine the wheat flour, rolled oats, carob, and baking powder. Set aside. In a separate bowl beat together the egg, water, and honey. Add the dry ingredients and mix until well blended and it forms a stiff dough.
  2. Place on floured surface and roll to desired thickness. Cut into heart shapes. (You can buy heart-shaped cookie cutters online or in kitchen supply stores.) Bake at 300 degrees. If rolled to 3/8? thickness, baking time is 30 minutes to 35 minutes.
  3. Melt carob chips in the microwave or double boiler and drizzle over the treats for more carob taste.

 

Try these healthy Valentine’s Day treats for your dog instead of treats and snacks made with preservatives and other ingredients that you can’t identify. Your dog will really be able to tell how much you love him.

Here is a recipe for dog biscuits that my dogs just love.

Ingredients:
1 cup oatmeal
1/3 cup margarine
1 tablespoon beef boullion granules
5 1/2 cups hot water
1 tablespoon garlic powder (optional)
3/4 cup powdered milk
3/4 cup corn meal
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 egg  (beaten)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Put the oatmeal, margarine and boullion in separate bowl and pour the hot water over it.  Let stand for 6 minutes.

Stir in milk, cornmeal and egg.  Add flour 1/2 cup at a time mixing well after each addition.

Knead on floured surface for 3-4 minutes adding more flour if necessary to form a very stiff dough.

Roll dough to 1/2″ thickness and cut into shapes with your favorite doggy cookie cutter.

Bake at 325 degrees on parchment paper for 50 minutes.  Allow to cool and dry out until hard.  Store in air tight container.

Homemade Dog Birthday Cake

Taco’s favorite birthday cake recipe

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup butter – softened
1/2 cup corn oil
1 jar baby food , meat, beef, strained
4 eggs
2-3 strips beef jerky

Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Grease and flour a 8x5x3 loaf pan
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside
In a separate bowl, cream butter until smooth.  Add corn oil, baby food and eggs and mix until smooth.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix until smooth.
Crumble the jerky and fold into batter.
Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cook on wire rack for 15 minutes.
Ice with plain yogurt or cottage cheese.
Store uneaten cake in refrigerator.  (this should keep for 3-4 days – although Taco and his brothers have not tested how long it will stay fresh)