A dog with a food allergy can thrive on a homemade diet that's tailored to meet his specific nutritional needs and avoid problem ingredients. Before switching to a homemade diet, talk to your veterinarian or an animal nutritionist to make sure your dog eats a balanced diet. recommends choosing a recipe created by someone trained specifically in animal nutrition. After you've determined what your dog will eat, follow the recipe as written, without any substitutions; a small deviation can change a diet's entire nutrient profile. Other tips for cooking for your dog include:
Cleaning and applying your treatment of choice allows you to inspect the sore for changes; if it is draining, hot to the touch or red -- or if you detect a fever or behavior changes -- contact your veterinarian immediately. If possible, leave the sore uncovered. You may need to get a plastic cone, called an Elizabethan collar, to put around your dog's head to prevent him from licking and scratching the wound. Try small socks on paw wounds; dress your dog in a soft T-shirt for sores on his body. If the sore doesn't heal within a week, consult your veterinarian.