As many of you know, Puck suffers from really bad allergies. We've been trying everything. He is on a wheat free, corn free, gluten free diet (including special treats). It is still not working and Puck has now been chewing sores on his back legs as well as his front. The vet is stumpted and so are we. We've tried every pill out there. We've only found one that has worked, but he can't be on it long term because of the side effects. I have heard that a lot of puggies with bad food allergies get better after they get on a simple home made diet. I'm in college and can't really afford to buy him raw food or the duck that my vet reccomended he eat.
After seeing his new sores this morning though, I've been thinking maybe we could try a cheaper raw diet. I have a lot of chicken in the freezer that we rarely eat. I feed him chicken and rice when he has an upset tummy and he loves it, but could chicken and rice be a regular meal? Would it give him the nutrition he needs? The other question I have is how much would I feed him a day? I don't have any idea how to measure chicken and rice for a pug. Right now he's on a 1/2 cup of dry food twice a day. I know that seems like a lot for a pug, but Puck is very hyper and burns a lot of callories. He weighs about 16-17 lbs. Our vet said when he calms down in a few years we can lessen his food, but right now he's in great shape.
So I guess my questions are has anyone started making their puggies food before? Has it helped their allergies? What is a cheap raw diet I could try ( I can afford chicken and ground beef as well as rice and potatoes. Stuff like that)? How much do I feed him? Also, do I have to make it fresh every night? Or could I make a bunch and freeze it, then thaw it right before meal time?
Thanks for the help guys! I'm really hoping this works!