Like humans, some dogs have more sensitive stomachs than others. Certain ingredients may cause symptoms of digestive upset such as excessive flatulence, diarrhea, constipation or nausea. This recipe is made with limited ingredients that may be suitable for a dog with a sensitive tummy.
It can be challenging to feed a dog with a sensitive stomach. It will take a while to figure out what ingredients cause a negative reaction, and your veterinarian will likely recommend trying an elimination diet in order to gather information.
There are a range of factors that can cause sensitive stomach in dogs, including stress, dietary allergies and even cancer. However, the most common causes of this condition are too many of filler ingredients, difficult-to-digest meals and high fat foods.
The first step to fighting stomach sensitivities in a dog is to simplify their diet and go back to the basics. Getting rid of as much unnecessary filler ingredients as possible will make meals easier to digest, and also potentially pinpoint the biggest offenders. For these reasons, many pet owners choose to feed a homemade diet if their pup has a sensitive stomach.
Beef Stew for Dogs with A Sensitive Stomach
You should not change your dog’s diet without consulting your veterinarian first. Sensitive stomach issues could be a symptom of an underlying health condition, so it’s important to rule that out before switching his food. I recommend consulting your veterinarian before feeding this recipe to your dog. They will help you to determine if this dog food will provide the balanced nutrition that your dog needs.
Recipe: Beef Stew for Dogs with A Sensitive Stomach
As I mentioned, this is a limited ingredient recipe. It’s also a slow cooker recipe. While it may be a healthier alternative for your pet, it’s also easy to make and can be prepared in bulk and frozen for later use.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 6 hours
- Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
- Yield: 12–14 cups of food 1x
- Category: Dog Food
- Method: Slow Cooker
- Cuisine: Dog Food
- 2.5 lbs. lean ground beef
- 15 oz. dark red kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
- 1.5 cups dry brown rice
- 1.5 cups chopped carrots
- 1.5 cups chopped squash
- .5 cups peas (fresh or frozen)
- 4 cups water
If you don’t have a lot of extra time to prepare meals for your dog, using a slow cooker may be helpful. Slow cooker recipes only require a little bit of prep work. There is no need to tend the food while it’s cooking.
Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker in the order listed above. Cover and cook on ‘Low’ for 6 hours.
If you work outside the home, this recipe is a great alternative to meals that you have to fix daily. You can put the ingredients in the slow cooker before you leave for work, and by the time you get home Fido’s food will be ready. Plus, you can make the food in bulk so you only have to cook once a week or so.
As soon as this beef stew dog food dish has cooled, you can feed it to your pooch. You can store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze them and they’ll keep for up to 3 months.
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 197
- Sugar: 1 g
- Sodium: 39 mg
- Fat: 3.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 21.3 g
- Fiber: 3.5 g
- Protein: 19.5 g
- Cholesterol: 42 mg
How much to feed: I recommend feeding about 1/2 cup of food for every 20-25 pounds of body weight. This is just a guideline. Some dogs, like working dogs and very active breeds, will need more calories than this. Lazier pets and senior dogs may not need as many.
For More Information
We publish many homemade dog food and treats recipes every month. For more recipes, pet food cooking tips and advice, see our “Recipes” section. If you’re new to home cooked dog food subject, I recommend you read more about “How Much To Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements To Use” to create well-balanced meals, and “How To Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food storing in a fridge or a freezer.
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