14 Homemade Dog Food Tips

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14 Homemade Dog Food Tips

At the present time, there is a growing curiosity about the experience of cooking homemade dog food.

Dogs are family and some owners want to offer their dogs homemade meals.

If you are included in this group there are things you need to know to keep your dog healthy.

Above all the diet you feed your dog should be complete and balanced meeting your dog’s nutritional requirements.

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Puppies are more vulnerable to problems caused by nutritional deficits or excesses than adult dogs.

Large breed puppies are mainly at risk from too much calcium prior to puberty.

Calcium in excess can interfere with bone growth.

General guidelines for homemade dog food diet

  1. Meat and other animal products should always make up at least half of the diet
  2. You should use lean meats
  3. Heart is a good choice. It is lean and less expensive than other muscle meats
  4. Beef liver is very nutritious
  5. Fish provides vitamin D
  6. Fruits such as berries, bananas, apples and pears are good choices
  7. Eggs are highly nutritious adding
  8. Plain yogurt is well tolerated by most dogs
  9. Deeply colored vegetables and fruits are the most nutritious
  10. Veggies such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, and winter squashes provide carbohydrate calories
  11. Leafy Green in excess can cause gas
  12. Avoid grapes and raisins. They can cause kidney failure in dogs.
  13. Some grains such as corn and wheat may contribute to inflammation caused by allergies, arthritis, or inflammatory bowel disease
  14. Grains and starchy veggies like oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, barley, and pasta are good choices. All grains should be well cooked.

Benefits of homemade dog food

Many people believe that homemade diets are healthier and more natural.

Homemade dog food recipes allow you to know precisely what goes inside your dog’s food dish.

In addition, some consider that cooking your dog’s homemade diet fortifies the human-dog connection and that it is economical to prepare dog food at home.

My advice is:

Complete, balanced and nutritionally adequate homemade diets require substantial time, effort and cost. You should keep this in your mind before start feeding your dog this type of food.

Homemade diets can be deficient in some essential nutrients that dogs need on a daily basis.

Here are some easy homemade dog food recipes: 2 Yummy Homemade Dog Treats Recipes

Common faults in homemade dog diets

  1. Disproportionate amounts of protein
  2. Deficits in calcium, vitamins and minerals
  3. Inappropriate calcium:phosphate ratios
  4. Low energy
  5. Reduced palatability
  6. Feeding raw meats can lead to digestive infectious disease (e.g. salmonela)
  7. Feeding bones can lead to trauma in mouth and gastrointestinal tract
  8. Diets have not been verified with animal feeding trials or laboratory analysis

If your option is to feed your dog a homemade diet you should carefully evaluate the recipes you select.

You should always consult with a veterinarian or veterinarian nutritionist to get appropriate guidance and information before starting to feed your dog a homemade diet.

In specific situations homemade diets may be beneficial to your dog’s health.

For example, if your dog presents some medical problems, such as chronic pancreatitis or chronic kidney disease, the right homemade recipe may be a good choice for the nutritional management of the disease.

Whether your dog has medical problems or not, you should at all times communicate your veterinarian assistant that your dog eats a homemade diet.

Your veterinarian can advise you about recommended supplements you should add to your homemade dog food recipes.


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

One Comment

  1. Karen Mitchell June 16, 2015 at 4:01 am - Reply

    In my opinion, and I know there are a lot of other people who would agree, a well balanced raw diet is the best thing for our pets.
    People, if you choose to feed your pets an all natural diet, it is important to spend some time in research so you know what your dealing with. Like with ANY diet, including commercial fed, if not introduced or implemented properly, it leads to diseases and other medical problems, usually in the second half of the dogs life.

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