How to Cook for a Soft Coated Wheaten

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Many wheaten terriers have special dietary needs. A vet-approved homemade diet can be beneficial.
Many wheaten terriers have special dietary needs. A vet-approved homemade diet can be beneficial. (Image: Tibetan Terrier image by wickenden1974 from Fotolia.com)

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.

Brown rice is a good option for pets with a gluten intolerance.
Brown rice is a good option for pets with a gluten intolerance. (Image: Wholegrain Rice and Fresh Rosemary image by Andreja Donko from Fotolia.com)

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.

High-quality protein like chicken, beef, turkey or lamb can serve as the basis of your homemade dog food.
High-quality protein like chicken, beef, turkey or lamb can serve as the basis of your homemade dog food. (Image: chicken lean meat image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com)

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.

Simmer the meat and vegetables until cooked.
Simmer the meat and vegetables until cooked. (Image: chauffer la marmite image by corinne matusiak from Fotolia.com)

Stir the cooked rice into the pot with the meat and vegetables and simmer for a few more minutes.

When allergens are a concern, commercial dog foods cannot compare to a well-planned homemade meal.
When allergens are a concern, commercial dog foods cannot compare to a well-planned homemade meal. (Image: Chicken stew dish isoltaed on white image by Ferencz Teglas from Fotolia.com)

Remove the pot from heat and strain, reserving the liquid for later. Allow it to cool.

Leftover strained liquid can be used in future recipes or served to your pet as a snack.
Leftover strained liquid can be used in future recipes or served to your pet as a snack. (Image: colander cutout image by morrbyte from Fotolia.com)

Once cooled down, but not cold, add 1 tsp. oil and a splash of the reserved liquid and stir. Serve while still warm.

Oil can give your pet energy and can lubricate muscles.
Oil can give your pet energy and can lubricate muscles. (Image: Bottle of Olive Oil image by kellykramer from Fotolia.com)
(Image: empty bowl image by e-pyton from Fotolia.com)

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