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.
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
- Meat and other animal products should always make up at least half of the diet
- You should use lean meats
- Heart is a good choice. It is lean and less expensive than other muscle meats
- Beef liver is very nutritious
- Fish provides vitamin D
- Fruits such as berries, bananas, apples and pears are good choices
- Eggs are highly nutritious adding
- Plain yogurt is well tolerated by most dogs
- Deeply colored vegetables and fruits are the most nutritious
- Veggies such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, and winter squashes provide carbohydrate calories
- Leafy Green in excess can cause gas
- Avoid grapes and raisins. They can cause kidney failure in dogs.
- Some grains such as corn and wheat may contribute to inflammation caused by allergies, arthritis, or inflammatory bowel disease
- 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.
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
- Disproportionate amounts of protein
- Deficits in calcium, vitamins and minerals
- Inappropriate calcium:phosphate ratios
- Low energy
- Reduced palatability
- Feeding raw meats can lead to digestive infectious disease (e.g. salmonela)
- Feeding bones can lead to trauma in mouth and gastrointestinal tract
- 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.