Homemade Dog Food
Natural Home Made Dog Food
All the odds and ends that you put together at home and serve as your beloved companion’s meal fall into this category. It has come to the fore with all the recent news about the dog food recall and associated concerns with commercial dog foods. This might be the one that you’re looking for.
The usual homemade dog meals include big meaty stews, healthy soups, pies, vegetables and maybe some raw bones every now and then.
SO WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF FEEDING THE BEST DOG FOOD IN THE FORM OF HOME-COOKED MEALS TO YOUR DOG?
The benefits of preparing your pet dog’s meals from scratch are countless. For one, you have the complete control of all meals served to it, plus having the peace of mind knowing what exactly is being fed to your dog and how clean were the environs when the food was prepared.
But it takes a really organized person to set up a homemade feeding plan and then prepare all of the daily meals. Also, the homemade dog food option comes with the added responsibility of formulating nutritionally balanced meals and meeting the calorie requirements for your dog. With proper knowledge, various good dog food recipes, and knack for cooking, you’ll get into the routine in not time.
The best thing about home-cooked dog food is that you get to feed your beloved pet real nutritious food minus additives, extenders and preservatives. Also, it really doesn’t cost much higher than the manufactured stuff. The benefits outweigh the costs in so many ways.
But wait! Feeding your dog with home-cooked meals is just like feeding a human being. There are foods that do not go well with its physiological make up too. Much as you yourself love to indulge in chocolate and dairy products, do not do the same to your dog.
Also, do not include macadamia nuts, raisins and grapes to your dog food. And most of all do not incorporate alcohol. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out why.
The best thing to do before embarking on this endeavor is to consult a professional who can give you advice as to what foods in particular can and can’t you feed your dog. Your friendly vet is there to guide you.
Let’s cut the crap and look at a different way of providing nutrition to our pets. Many people nowadays have opted to cook rather than buy their dog food. Despite the inconvenience, a lot of pet owners have decided to prepare home-cooked meals for their dogs and they are one in saying that by doing so, pet dogs get to taste the real Grade A dog food ever.
It takes more than just looking good to ensure your pet dog’s health, and feeding it the best dog food in the market is not an assurance of achieving premium health. What is the best dog food?
4 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD COOK FOR YOUR DOG
Dogs never had it so good! Just look at the variety of food available for them…. the food, the attractive packing, the freebies and coupons that come with it…..
Yet there are so many write ups everywhere telling you that you should rather cook the meals for the dog than buy it.
The reason why pet experts advocate this (See Facts about Dog Food and Feeding) are many, but four of them are most important and after reading them you too will want to prepare your dog’s meals for him.
Reason 1: FRESH IS FABULOUS!
Just like you and me, a dog too should be given fresh wholesome food. This way you can cut down drastically on your pet’s intake of food additives that give shelf life to commercial dog food. Fresh food smells good and tastes good— even for your dog!
Reason 2: POSSIBLE ALLERGIES
Food additives like Ethoxyquin, Butylated Hydroxiansole and Butylated Hydroxytoluene, may cause allergies in dogs. Allergic symptoms may be watery dull eyes, skin eruptions, undue shedding, lack of interest in food, lack of energy, or a lack lustre appearance.
Reason 3: THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS?
Do you know whether the commercial food contains no such ingredient that may be harmful to the dog. Some dogs are known to develop the problem of bloat after consuming soy regularly. Also, there are a variety of ingredients that may seem safe to you, but are actually not at all good for your dog. Are you sure these have not been included in the ready-made dog food? Here is a list of some of these ingredients.
alcoholic and caffeinated drinks
fruits like raisins, avocados and grapes
leaves, stems, and seeds of cherries, plums, peaches and apples
Reason 4: SPEND WISELY
Commercial dog food is quite expensive. You will be saving an unbelievable amount every time you opt to cook your dog’s meal rather than serving it directly from the carton/tin. Watch your monthly expenses slide down when you switch over to home made food for the dog. You can really spend wisely and buy the wholesome ingredients, rather than the ready made food.
There are many good brands of commercial food that provide a balanced meal made of nutrtious and harmless ingredients. But there are other foods too that are not so good and still make their way to the shelves. You will have to be careful to avoid them.