4 Best Allergy-Friendly Homemade Dog Food Recipes
Dogs—like humans—can be allergic to almost anything. Dogs can be allergic to their environment and have seasonal allergies or react to specific types of plants/pollen. Dogs can be allergic to food and have stomach problems and gastrointestinal upset. Dogs can even get skin allergies where they get hot spots, dry skin, itchy skin, and tenderness.
No matter what kind of allergies your dog has, a diet with the right balance of supportive nutrients and without inflammatory or potentially allergy-triggering ingredients can help!
Making homemade dog food for dogs with allergies is a fantastic way to make sure they get the high-quality nutrition they need without any of the additives or ingredients that they don’t. Dogs with allergies are often sensitive to more than one thing, and even if it’s not a food allergy, what they eat can reduce or increase symptoms of allergic reactions.
Keep reading for details on what foods to include and not include in your allergy-prone dog’s diet, and four recipes for home cooking for dogs with allergies.
Ingredients To Avoid for Dogs with Allergies
Avoiding certain foods is obviously important for dogs with food allergies, but even our furry friends with environmental allergies can benefit from eliminating inflammatory ingredients and foods with high allergy potential. Some of the most common ingredients that trigger allergies in dogs include:
- Chicken eggs
Helpful Nutrients for Dogs with Allergies
Ingredients high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are excellent for adding to homemade dog food recipes for skin allergies. Ingredients like fish (salmon, cod, sardines) and healthy oils (fish oil, flaxseed oil) are especially high in these crucial fatty acids and can help to soothe itchy skin and inflammation.
Other healthy ingredients like fresh veggies, fresh protein, and gluten-free grains (i.e. quinoa) are also essential for balanced dog food recipes for skin allergies.
Best Homemade Dog Food Recipe For Allergies In 30 Minutes
|(6) 1-cup servings (240 kcal each)
One of the ways this recipe for homemade dog food for itchy skin combats irritation is with coconut oil. Coconut oil is a fabulous ingredient for supporting skin and coat, and can even help reduce inflammation related to allergic reactions. Adding turmeric (a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient) gives this recipe an extra boost of itch-fighting power.
- 1 TBSP coconut oil
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 large zucchini, shredded
- 1 cup baby spinach, finely chopped
- 1 cup carrots, shredded
- ½ tsp ground turmeric
- 1 egg (omit if your dog has an egg or poultry allergy)
- 3 cups cooked brown rice
- In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey and saute until browned and thoroughly cooked through.
- Reduce the heat to medium, then add the zucchini, spinach, carrots, and turmeric, stirring well to combine. Cook for around 5–7 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
- Remove from the heat and add the egg (if using). Mix well to combine—the residual cooking heat will cook the egg as you stir.
- Add the rice, and do a final mix to ensure everything is evenly dispersed.
- Cool and serve.
This easy 30-minute homemade dog food for allergies can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to three months.
Salmon, Spinach, & Pumpkin Dog Food Recipe for Allergies
|8 servings (349 kcal each)
Salmon is the key ingredient in this recipe for homemade dog food for skin allergies created by Angela C. from Pawsome Recipes. Salmon is high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are excellent for helping to keep skin hydrated and healthy while reducing inflammation and supporting fast, efficient healing. If your dog has food allergies, salmon is also a great alternative/novel protein that is still easily accessible to almost everyone.
- 3 lb salmon
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1 cup frozen peas
- ½ cup pumpkin puree (100% pumpkin with no added sugar or spices)
- 2 cups frozen spinach, defrosted
- Preheat the oven to 375℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and transfer the salmon to the baking sheet. Bake the salmon for 20-25 minutes.
- Add brown rice and 2 cups of water to a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Once the water boils, cover, and turn the heat to low. Simmer the rice for 25 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the water has evaporated.
- Add the frozen peas to the cooked rice and stir, then cover again to allow the peas to thaw. This should take just a few minutes.
- Flake the cooked salmon using a fork, being careful to remove skin and bones.
- Combine the flaked salmon, cooked rice and peas, pumpkin puree, and spinach to a large bowl and stir well to combine. Serve!
To serve later, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3–4 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Allergy-Friendly Fish Stew Recipe for Dogs
|2.5 lbs total
Like salmon and many other varieties of fish, cod is a good source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which help to support skin health and reduce symptoms of skin allergies. This recipe was created by Dog Child and contains added moisture, which makes it nice for pups who need a little help staying hydrated, or for pups who like their food to be extra-soft.
- 1.75 lbs deboned cod filets
- 3 cups small-diced potato (russet works well)
- 1 ½ cups green beans (around 113 grams)
- 1 ½ cups green peas
- 2 cups water
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- Add 1 TBSP coconut oil to a non-stick skillet and heat over medium heat until shimmering.
- Add the cod filets to the pan and cook on each side for 3-5 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove the fish from the pan and set aside on a plate.
- Combine diced potatoes, green beans, and green peas in a food processor and pulse to finely chop.
- Add the processed vegetables to the skillet followed by the water. Return the skillet to medium heat and cook for 5–7 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
- Return the fish to the skillet and the remaining 1 TBSP coconut oil. Flake and break apart the fish and mix the ingredients well to create a loose but thick stew. Cool and serve!
This homemade food for dogs with skin allergies can be kept in a sealed, air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to a month.
Meatless Homemade Dog Food Recipe for Itchy Skin
|(30) ½-cup servings (252 kcal each)
Did you know some dogs can be allergic to meat and fish? Some dogs just can’t handle any animal proteins, even novel ones, but how are you supposed to make homemade dog recipes for allergies to meat? The answer is vegetarian dog food!
If a dog needs to be put on a vegetarian diet for their health, there are ways around feeding them animal protein. This isn’t something you should do unless your dog absolutely cannot eat animal protein, since a diet devoid of animal protein requires significant supplementation.
- 6 cups water
- 3 sweet potatoes, cubed
- ½ cup brown rice
- ½ cup quinoa
- 1 cup lentils
- 3 cups peanut butter (must be sugar-free and xylitol-free)
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup flaxseed oil
- Add water to a medium pot and put over medium-high heat to bring to a boil.
- Once the water is boiling, add sweet potatoes, rice, quinoa, and lentils. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, or until everything is cooked through and the water is absorbed.
- Remove the pot from the heat and add the peanut butter, apple cider vinegar, and flaxseed oil. Stir well to combine—it may take a few minutes of stirring for the peanut butter to melt and for the mixture to become smooth and uniform.
- Cool and serve!
This meatless homemade dog food for dog with allergies can be kept in an air tight container in the fridge for 3–5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Bonus: Hypoallergenic Dog Treat Recipe
|24 2-inch treats
Created by Ali Randall from Home & Plate, this recipe for homemade hypoallergenic dog treats is gluten-free, grain-free, meat-free, egg-free, dairy-free, refined oil-free and one of the easiest allergy-free dog treat recipes you’ll come across. Use a 2-inch cookie cutter of your choice to make these treats any shape you want!
- 1 ¼ cups coconut flour
- ½ banana, mashed
- ½ cup applesauce (unsweetened and free from added spices)
- (1) 14 oz can pumpkin puree (100% pumpkin, sugar-free and free from added spices)
- 2 carrots, grated
- 1 cup water
- Preheat the oven to 350 ℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine coconut flour, mashed banana, apple sauce, pumpkin, grated carrots, and water. Mix on medium speed to combine the ingredients thoroughly. The dough should be crumbly but should come together when pressed.
- To shape, you can:
- Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough into a ¼–½ inch sheet, then cut with a cookie cutter, or
- Roll dough balls and flatten them to create round dog treats.
- Arrange the shaped/cut dog treats on the lined baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Cool completely and serve!
Store these delicious dog allergen-free dog treats in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to three months.
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