Grain-Free Goodness: Tasty Recipes for Sensitive Canine Stomachs

Key Points

  • Grain-free dog food makes mealtimes exciting for your dog.

  • Ditch the kibble and create homemade dog food perfect for your dog's sensitive stomach.

  • Try these grain-free alternatives to help satisfy your picky pup.

Box store kibble has become a mainstay for dog owners. The combinations of ingredients range from simple to unpronounceable.

What do you do when your dog is sensitive to grains or just doesn't like the taste of the store-bought stuff you put in their bowl? Consider the benefits of homemade dog food.

The Benefits of Homemade Grain-Free Dog Food

 A dog with a sensitive stomach is a challenge for many owners. There are specialized kibble and supplements to ease your dog's queasy stomach, but the benefits of homemade grain-free dog food outweigh even the best commercial kibble.

Food allergies and intolerance to some ingredients cause many stomach problems for your pup. Controlling the ingredients in your dog's food quickly corrects most of these conditions.

Perhaps the easiest way to avoid upsetting your canine's tummy is simply to avoid grains in their diet. Many dogs are allergic to rice, wheat, and other grains.

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Another consideration is that your dog may not like certain proteins. You may love a good beef steak but aren't so keen on pork chops. Your dog also has their favorite foods.

Maybe the chicken and rice kibble you bought on sale just isn't tickling the old tastebuds like it used to.

If a dog that generally eats anything you put before them suddenly turns finicky, it could be a sign of an underlying health condition or a new food allergy. If this behavior persists, see the vet.

Homemade dog food improves your dog's health, gives them more energy, and makes it easier for them to maintain a healthy weight.

There are many fantastic and tasty recipes to improve your dog's health and avoid painful stomach issues.

Grain-Free Recipes for Sensitive Stomachs

Stick with fresh ingredients. BalanceIt, a source of veterinary-approved recipes for homemade dog food, lists numerous ingredients to keep your dog strong and active.

The American College of Veterinary Nutrition states, "Raw diets, both home-prepared and commercial, have become more popular." The organization says benefits range "from improved longevity to superior oral or general health and even disease resolution, especially gastrointestinal disease."

Check out these fantastic DIY dog food recipes, including low-glycemic carbohydrates, to tantalize your dog's tastebuds. These recipes make a week's worth of food for a 50-lb. dog. Adjust the recipe for smaller or larger dogs' daily nutritional needs.

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Sweet Potato & Fish Recipe

This mouth-watering sweet potato fish recipe makes your dog beg for more. It's a single-source protein recipe making food time fun and exciting for your dog.

This limited-ingredient recipe ensures easy digestion and is fiber-rich for dogs with sensitive stomachs.

  • Cooked Cod: 2986 grams

  • Cooked Sweet Potato: 3350 grams

  • Olive Oil: 236 grams

  • Raw Carrots: 330 grams

  • Cooked Broccoli: 390 grams

  • Raw Apples (no core or seeds): 259 grams

  • Raw Bananas: 169 grams

  • Vitamins or supplements of choice

This sweet potato fish recipe is a sure-fire hit at mealtimes and gives your dog what they need to thrive.

Turkey & Pumpkin Formula

This turkey pumpkin formula is grain-free and made of high-fiber ingredients. It makes for the perfect hypoallergenic dog food, supports digestion, and reduces known stomach allergies.

  • Cooked Ground Turkey (85% lean): 1838 grams

  • Olive Oil: 206 grams

  • Cooked Broccoli: 917 grams

  • Raw Carrots: 770 grams

  • Raw Apples (no core or seeds): 464 grams

  • Raw Bananas: 282 grams

  • Canned Pumpkin: 705 grams

  • Raw Blueberries: 426 grams

  • Vitamins or supplements of choice

Turkey is the primary protein source and pumpkin aids healthy digestion.

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Lamb & Pea Recipe

While this lamb pea recipe costs more than others, it's a low-glycemic carbohydrate recipe that's beneficial for dogs with sensitive stomachs.

  • Cooked Ground Lamb: 1743 grams

  • Olive Oil: 95 grams

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  • Coconut Oil: 98 grams

  • Raw Carrots: 757 grams

  • Cooked Peas: 380 grams

  • Raw Blueberries: 814 grams

  • Unsweetened Applesauce: 1129 grams

  • Vitamins or supplements of choice

This simple lamb pea recipe has limited ingredients, making preparation fast.

Chicken & Lentil Formula

Chicken is a staple in many commercial dog foods. This chicken lentil formula goes above and beyond kibble to give dogs high-fiber ingredients from the lentils. It's perfectly suitable for dogs with food allergies and sensitive stomachs.

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  • Roasted Chicken Breast: 1482 grams

  • Cooked Lentils: 2277 grams

  • Coconut Oil: 152 grams

  • Olive Oil: 148 grams

  • Raw Carrots: 564 grams

  • Unsweetened Applesauce: 305 grams

  • Raw Bananas: 132 grams

  • Vitamins or supplements of choice

Chicken is the single protein source in this delicious, easy-to-prepare option for the budget-conscious dog owner.

Venison & Sweet Potato Blend

Dogs love a good piece of meat, and this venison sweet potato recipe offers no exceptions. This hypoallergenic dog food recipe makes the perfect grain-free option for sensitive stomachs.

  • Cooked Venison (92% lean): 1297 grams

  • Cooked Sweet Potato: 3550 grams

  • Olive Oil: 220 grams

  • Raw Carrots: 344 grams

  • Cooked Cauliflower: 620 grams

  • Raw Bananas: 168 grams

  • Peaches: 366 grams

  • Vitamins or supplements of choice

Venison is the primary protein source but could prove costly — unless you're a successful hunter who doesn't mind sharing your trophy with your best friend. The ingredients in this venison sweet potato recipe are stomach-friendly and ensure a satisfied dog.

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Dog Food Preparation

Cooking your grain-fee homemade dog food does take extra time, but it's worth it. Ensure the diet is complete and balanced using proper ingredients and supplements. Preparation is also crucial to a well-cooked meal for your pup.

Plan how you want to prepare the food. This makes the process easier. Cooking all food at the proper temperature kills any harmful bacteria or organisms that can cause health problems.

Once done, portion out your dog's meals. Storage is easy with freezer-safe containers or bags. Store ready-meals for up to a week in the refrigerator or for a couple of months in the freezer. Longer invites freezer burn that lowers the food quality.

Take the frozen meals out with enough time to thaw before your dog's meal.

Add any vet-approved supplements afterward or according to the directions on the label. These supplements come in tab, powder, and liquid forms. Many companies offer supplements and vitamins as chewable treats, making training fun and healthy.

Proper Nutrition for Dogs

If your dog has a sensitive stomach, these recipes make a great start to address that problem. These grain-free recipes make the perfect meals for dogs with allergies or intolerances.

Preparing homemade dog food takes extra time, but caring for your best friend ensures their health and long life.

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Talk to your vet, and always use the freshest ingredients.

If your dog is a picky eater, try these homemade dog food recipes to find one that is appealing to your pup. Create a wonderful meal for your dog that makes mealtime a highlight of their day.

You have the best dog and they deserve the best from you. If they suffer from food allergies or sensitive stomachs, homemade grain-free meals or vet-recommended dog food for sensitive stomachs ensure they get fresh ingredients to meet their nutritional needs. They also address your dog's gastrointestinal system needs.

Food made for your dog with your own loving hands also strengthens the owner-dog bond that lasts a lifetime.

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