For a breed susceptible to allergic triggers, like the soft coated wheaten terrier, a home cooked diet can help by eliminating allergens. This medium-sized terrier is an affectionate and gentle breed that is prone to protein-wasting disease. Most wheaten terriers also suffer from dermatological problems that are triggered by fleabites, inhaled environmental allergens and food allergies. These allergic reactions can cause ear infections, stuffy nose and dermatitis. If you observe your wheaten terrier constantly licking and scratching the belly area or paws, homemade meals may alleviate the condition.
Things You'll Need
- 2/3 cup protein (chicken, turkey, beef, lamb or organ meat)
- 1 small sweet potato or yam
- 1 carrot
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup brown rice
- 1 tsp. oil (flax seed, sesame, sunflower)
Cook 1/2 cup brown rice according to the package instructions. Set aside.
Measure 2/3 cup of meat and cut into small pieces — unless you're using ground meat. Finely chop the carrot and yam or run them through a food processor.
Place the meat, carrot and yam in a pot and add the 1 cup of water. Turn the stove on high heat and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to medium and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
Stir the cooked rice into the pot with the meat and vegetables and simmer for a few more minutes.
Remove the pot from heat and strain, reserving the liquid for later. Allow it to cool.
Once cooled down, but not cold, add 1 tsp. oil and a splash of the reserved liquid and stir. Serve while still warm.