Homemade Dog Food - 5 Tips For Making Dog Food At Home
There are many health benefits that come with preparing your dog's food at home. Knowing exactly what your dogs are consuming gives peace of mind and reassurance they're getting what they need to maintain optimal health. Here are the 5 tips for making homemade dog food:
Balancing the diet is the most important factor. If the diet is not balanced, it becomes less than ideal and can ultimately lead to many deficiencies. If there is a lack of vitamins or minerals (especially calcium) in the diet, dogs can run into health problems quite quickly. Especially in puppies, it can happen in just a few months. This is the main reason that vets are opposed to homemade meals, they are the ones who witness all the deficiencies firsthand.
Meat Selection: Meat, raw or cooked is the base ingredient for homemade dog food. Dogs are obligate carnivores and thrive on a protein based diet. Meat options include: beef, lamb, pork, turkey, chicken, venison, ostrich, buffalo, etc. Be sure the meat is fresh and fit for human consumption. The fat content should be no greater than 15-20%. Feeding fish occasionally is acceptable, but definitely not as a main staple.
Vegetables: Vegetables can make up about 1/4 of the meal and provide vitamins, minerals and fiber. Dogs get more nutrients from the vegetables if they are lightly steamed, chopped or pureed. Vegetables to include: squash, pumpkin, zucchini, carrots, peas, beets, yams, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans and sweet potato. Vegetables to avoid: onion, potato, tomato, bell peppers, spinach, raw beans, garlic, leek, chard and beet greens.
Avoid Feeding Carbohydrates (corn, wheat, rice, brown rice & potatoes): Dogs lack the digestive enzymes to break down and metabolize carbohydrates. They contain no nutritional value for dogs and basically just go right through the digestive tract. Carbohydrates are often the main cause of many canine diseases, including obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease and allergies. The reason they are added to commercial pet food is that it cuts down on the production cost.
Have fun and enjoy the results! Play around with different meat/vegetable combinations. See which meat and vegetables are your dogs favourite.
Recipes & Diet Information
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