What are the best diets to serve Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers?
In the case of this breed, home-cooking might be the best alternative.
Although Wheatens are generally healthy, with a life span of 12 to 15 years, they are susceptible to allergies and protein-wasting disease also known as protein-losing nephropathy. Protein-wasting disease impacts both the kidneys and intestines and the dog loses protein through them—and there has been some research linking this disease to allergies.
While it is potentially fatal for the dog, but it can sometimes be managed so, as usual, prevention is better than treatment, and you’ll have absolute control over the ingredients in a home-cooked meal.
Here’s a recipe ideal for this breed:
• 2/3 cup lean beef, chicken, turkey, lamb or organ meat
• 1 small sweet potato or yam
• 1 carrot
• ½ cup brown rice
• 1 teaspoon oil, such as sesame, sunflower or flax seed
• Cook 1/2 cup brown rice according to the package instructions.
• 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.
• Stir the cooked rice into the pot with the meat and vegetables and simmer for a few more minutes.
• Cut meat into small pieces; add chopped carrot and yam or run them through a food processor or high-speed blender
• Once cooled down, but not cold, add 1 tsp. oil and a splash of the reserved liquid and stir. Serve while still warm.
• Leftover strained liquid can be used in future recipes or served to your pet as a snack.
• Oil can give your pet energy and can lubricate muscles. It’s also good for the coat to counter this breed’s tendency toward dermatitis.
• Sweet potatoes are especially high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.