I have a Maltese who keeps scratching and chewing her paws constantly. I have changed foods several times to try and alleviate possible foods she may be allergic to. The more I read, the more frustrated I get. I get reccommended a food like venison or lamb, or duck in order to eliminate chicken and beef, and when I read the labels they contain chicken fat or beef liver. My vets want to send her to a pet dermatologist for allergy testing almost 2 hours away. I have read multiple places that the testing isn't accurate for foods anyway so I want to try elimination diets myself first. I have finally decided to try a homemade food, consisting of lamb, sweet potato, green beans and brown rice. She is a 9 pound maltese and I am wondering how much is appropriate to feed her. Does anyone have any suggestions for how much, portion wise, to feed her. I want to be sure I am giving her a balanced diet. Thanks in advance! Alo, if anyone knows of a safe home remedy to help me get her paws healed from her chewing the pads, I would love the suggestions. I have tried almost everything and hate seeing her miserable.