How to “Treat” your Pooch’s food intolerance …

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I’ve read somewhere that dogs often imitate their owners. I can completely agree with this. My dog, Jax, a Lakeland Terrier, has assumed a quirky personality not unlike myself. Another common trait? He seems to have some mild food intolerances/sensitivities that we are still trying to iron out. He was having some gastro issues and was regularly having ear infections in addition to gnawing on his front paws a lot …. things that may be an indication of a food intolerance (so Google researching has told me). I’ve definitely noticed a big improvement since we stopped giving him store bought treats and making natural treats from scratch. We also give him a hypoallergenic kibble, which originally was supposed to be a short term thing while we ironed out what his sensitivity was, but he seemed to be happy enough with it, and I enjoyed the fact that it contained no wheat, so we continued with this particular kibble.

When we first made the switch, we struggled with what to do in terms of rewarding him with a treat. Our vet suggested making treats out of the wet food version of the hypoallergenic kibble. We scoop out small spoonfuls of the wet food onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 375 degΒ° F for about an hour. We store them in the fridge and use them within a week of being baked. Jax absolutely loves them!

While Christmas shopping this past Fall, my guy discovered this:

Snoopy's Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook Kit

Knowing how much I enjoy accommodating dietary restrictions and trying to use organic ingredients where possible, he picked this up so that I could make organic, allergen-friendly treats for Jax. I enjoy that the recipes are wheat-, corn- and soy-free. The recipes seem to have a base of oat flour (I blended gluten-free oats to make it into a flour), brown rice flour, an egg and water, while the individual recipes dictate the additional ingredients. Β The first few pages are explanatory and even give substitutions if your dog has an egg allergy.

Tonight, I had some leftover pumpkin from making some Pumpkin Corn Muffins, so I used the leftovers to make “The Great Pumpkin” treats for Jax. One of our friends who was visiting at the time said that the dog biscuits smelled amazing.

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I think Jax thought so too!

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Want to make your own organic allergen friendly dog treats? You can purchase online from Chapters:Β http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Snoopys-Organic-Dog-Biscuit-Kit-Snoopy-Snoopy-Bubba-Rose-Biscuit-Company/9781604332896-item.html

Do you have a pet with food allergies/intolerances? If so, how do you deal with them?

8 comments on “How to “Treat” your Pooch’s food intolerance …

  1. h2orevival says:

    I love your blog and appreciate your pet posts. I don’t know if you’re aware of a study that was done on humans with food allergies (they’re out of control now for some reason) and although there is a lot of research yet to do, it was concluded that all 300 participants with food allergies had high levels of a unique pesticide in their system. It is important to note that this pesticide is NOT just present in food but is also a common chemical used in public water systems. So….water is also a problem. I feed my family AND my pets an endless supply of medical grade Kangen water. Dogs (and other pets) are great identifiers of what is good πŸ™‚ I have a test that I do to show people how dogs prefer Kangen water. Put one bowl of the water that you’ve been giving your dog in one bowl and set apart a bowl of Kangen water, They go for Kangen every time and drink more water than is normal for them. Its been amazing to see the health improvements in pets and people who drink Kangen water. Let me know if you’d like to hear more. In the meantime…keep up the good work!

  2. Amanda says:

    I don’t know if my cat has food allergies but she has been grain free since 2006/2007 (so, most of her life) because there were so many issues with tainted/contaminated pet foods coming in from China back then. I’ve always wanted to make her food but I don’t think I’m motivated enough to keep up with her insatiable appetite, ha! That’s a good idea though, to bake the wet version of their food!

  3. Jill says:

    Aww…look at that face! Those treats look awesome too! Kaya says she wants some baked the next time you visit πŸ™‚

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