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How I Cured My Dogs Seizures, Hot spots, and Allergies.

How I Cured My Dogs Seizures, Hot spots, and Allergies.

So my little dog Reese is a white Pomeranian with a couple of brown spots, cutest little thing ever… he has been with me through so much and I do whatever I can to keep him healthy and happy! I can’t be the only one that would bend over backwards for their furry friends, right??? Even if that means being the “crazy dog mom” to most of my friends.

So when Reese was about 2 or 3, he started having seizures. In the beginning they weren’t super common, maybe once every other month or so, but as it kept happening they got closer and closer together and the severity was also progressing. I had been talking with the vet about them and she said he just had epilepsy and at some point I would have to put him on meds to control it. Thing about the meds though, you have to give them at the exact same time everyday or they will actually cause more seizures… I was about 22 at the time and that seemed like a wholeeeee lot of planning ahead to make sure he got them perfectly every day.. plus I just had this gut feeling that wasn’t the right choice for him so I told her I wanted to hold off until they really started to be unmanageable.

He also is a Pomeranian that was basically BALD due to “hot spots”. His poor little back was tore up and scabbed over constantly, no matter what sprays or ointments or soaps I used to try and help him. It was horrible and I felt so bad for him! I was told he might just be allergic to grass…….

So.. I’ve got this pom that has epilepsy anddddd is allergic to GRASS!? Are you freakin kidding me!?

I'm so glad that I trusted my gut and didn't start him on medicine for epilepsy. These Dog food recipes absolutely saved his life.

I'm so glad that I trusted my gut and didn't start him on medicine for epilepsy. These Dog food recipes absolutely saved his life.

I’ll also say my vet is actually really really amazing and good at her job. They just aren’t really trained or anything in more natural remedies, they are trained in medicine. So in no way do I think she didn’t have the best interest of my pup or not try her best to do right by him.. sometimes momma’s  just know best!

Anyway. When he was almost 7, I was sitting at work one day and an article came across my phone about a certain dog food brand. It said that dogs had died from it, and MANY more dogs were suffering from seizures, baldness, allergies, and a few other things all because they were eating this food that had terrible things added to it! (SUPER popular brand.. so sad that they add crap)

So many of those symptoms matched up with my little Reese! That morning before I read that article was the very last time he ever ate commercial dog food. I immediately researched dog food recipes I could make myself so that I could just see if it helped him and went grocery shopping on my way home for supplies.

And guess what…. within 2 weeks of him eating the food I cooked him, his sores where all gone, his hair was growing back, he stopped scratching himself to death, the hives on his belly were gone, and… his seizures, that had gotten to ATLEAST once a week, STOPPED! Gone. No more seizures.  And I’m not kidding y’all, he was seriously a new dog! He hadn’t been that healthy in YEARS!!

The guilt I felt for feeding him something that was literally killing him for so long tears me up, but I also know that I saved his little life by paying attention and listening to my gut. I share his dinner recipes with as many ppl who will listen because I just hope that if it helped him, it can save another pup too! My mom started feeding it to their pug and all the sores on his back also cleared up!!

My friends and family called me crazy for awhile because I “cook for my dog” but seriously the recipes I have are so quick and easy and don’t take that much effort.. plus, I’ll do anything for my little guy!

So without further ado… my dog food recipes!

I’m going to share a recipe to bake, and a crock pot recipe. Choose whichever works best for you and your pups, or alternate them to switch things up!

 

Dog Food Bake

*lasts 10-14 days for smallish dogs(10-20 lbs).

Can be frozen.

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs of ground meat (chicken, turkey, or beef)

  • 12oz. Frozen for fresh peas

  • 12 oz. frozen or fresh green beans

  • 12oz. Frozen or fresh carrots

  • 1 Sweet potato (sometimes you can find frozen bags too)

  • 1 Apple(NO SEEDS) or 1cp blueberries (fresh or frozen)

  • 3 Eggs

  • 1cp oatmeal OR rice, or neither if your pup needs grain free.

  • ½ cp water

  • ½ cp coconut oil (or more depending on your needs)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Grease pan. Use a 13x9” pan, disposable pans, or cupcake pan for individual servings.

  3. Combine all ingredients except coconut oil in large bowl (or two if needed). Use hand, or utensil to mix together.

  4. Press into pan.

  5. Bake for 35-45 min. Time may vary depending on pan or oven.

  6. Pour/mix coconut oil into food. Store in fridge or freezer.


 

Crockpot Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 5lbs chicken (breasts or boneless thighs)

  • 12oz. Frozen for fresh peas

  • 12 oz. frozen or fresh green beans

  • 12oz. Frozen or fresh carrots

  • 1 Sweet potato (sometimes you can find frozen bags too)

  • Fresh or frozen spinach (as much or as little as you’d like)

  • 1 Apple(NO SEEDS)

  • 1cp brown rice

  • Just enough water to almost cover ingredients in crockpot

  • ½ cup Coconut oil (or more)

  • Crockpot liner (for easy clean up)

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients except coconut oil to crockpot.

  • Turn on high for 5 hours.

  • Scoop out food leaving behind most of the liquid & break up chicken.

  • Stir in coconut oil.

  • Store in fridge or freezer.

 

For both recipes, I feed my 11 pound Pomeranian about ½ cup twice a day, my moms pug is about 20 lbs and gets about ¾ a cup twice a day. ***Pay close attention to your dogs weight when you first start this diet to make sure they are maintaining a healthy weight, not gaining or losing too much. 

I have talked with 2 different vets about this homemade food and both have been SO happy with the recipe and the results! This food literally saved my dogs life, so I hope your canine enjoys it as much as Reese and feels happier and healthier! 

If you found this helpful, please *PIN IT* so others looking for something similar can also benefit! #savethepups

 

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