Are you one of the many who have chosen to make homemade dog food for your dog as a result of the recent pet food recalls? Do you know that there are some foods that are poisonous or that can make your dog very sick? Read on for information of a good diet for your dog.
The Pros And Cons Of Homemade Dog Food
A note from Joanne of Naturally4Pets:
This topic is important to me. About 7 years ago, we adopted a dog with severe food allergies. At the time of adoption, we didn't know he was sick. In a short time, he became very ill and it took us many months and many vet visits trying to find out what was wrong with him. It was a holistic vet that finally diagnosed him with food allergies. It took us another 1 year+ to figure out what he is allergic to and a suitable diet.
He is allergic to all brands of commercial dog food and most foods. We have been feeding him a RAW dog food diet for many years, one that consists of turkey thigh meat and turkey bones, cooked fish, and a small amount of a few other foods (for addition flavor) and supplements. His "treats" are dehydrated turkey treats (we dehydrate the turkey for him and our other dogs - they LOVE it).
Once we got his allergies all straightened out and a good diet routine, Shadow turned into the most wonderful, loving dog instead of the sickly, unhappy dog he was.
He looks fabulous and continues to enjoy life to its fullest.
My 2-cents: if you choose to discuss a homemade dog food diet with a vet, please make sure that the vet is knowledgeable about dog diets. Many vets are not trained in enough detail about homemade dog food diets and may not provide the most beneficial diet for your dog.
From many years of dealing with vets, I have found that holistic vets are the most knowledgeable in pet food matters and can help you create a good diet for you dog.
Doing your own research is also a very good thing. There is alot of information on the web (please take care to use the advise from a reputable and proven websites).
If in doubt, ask questions. Your dogs diet is very important and a diet that does not include all the necessary proteins and supplements can cause your dog to become ill or more susceptible to illness.
A proper homemade dog food diet can give your dog a longer life span.
And now, on to the article:
Posted by healthylife
Not very long ago, we had a huge pet food recall that scared many dog owners in to thinking they may have unwittingly played a role in accidentally poisoning their furry friend. This recall gave pause to millions and made them take stock in what it is that they are actually giving their beloved pets at meal time. Upon taking a closer look at the ingredients labels on their commercial dog food brands, many thousands of people decided the safest way to go in feeding their pet was to make homemade dog food. While this can have great benefits for your four-legged friend, it can also have serious side effects if you are not diligent in what you are putting in your pet’s food dish for lunch or dinner.
For instance, many people will begin their pet on homemade dog food without first consulting their vet and may accidentally use foods that are actually detrimental to their pet such as
- raw eggs
- raw fish
- or nuts
thinking they are creating a healthy alternative to commercial pet foods. In most cases, by following directions from your vet on proper nutrition for your pooch, you can create a healthy food alternative for your pet. This is one of the biggest pros for making homemade dog food, knowing for sure what is going in to your pet’s food dish can give you great peace of mind.
Conversely, the down side to making homemade pet food is how time consuming it can actually be considering that the ingredients for one batch of dog food will typically only last 3 days in the refrigerator so you will need to make additional dog food every couple of days. This can also become rather pricey depending on the ingredients you use. However, if you were used to purchasing a premium commercial dog food, then the cost may weigh out equally at the end of the month when you are reconciling your budget.
As you can see there are certainly benefits to making home made dog food for your fur-kid, so you will need to weigh each one carefully in order to decide if this is actually the right thing for you and your family.
If you are like most pet owners, you want to make sure that what your treasured dog eats is the best food available today.
The only sure way to ensure high quality nutrition without any added ingredients that could be severely detrimental to your pets health is by making your own homemade dog food. Of course, you only want to switch your pet’s food after consulting with his (or her) vet since any changes in diet should be monitored in case a reaction to the food develops. This is especially important if your dog has had food allergies in the past or has sensitive skin. Your vet will also be able to provide you with the guidelines that are necessary for making your home made dog food to ensure you are including enough protein, carbohydrates and the right amount of vitamins and minerals without going overboard on the fats.
It is also important to remember that if you are going to make your own homemade dog food, that this is not permission to feed your four-legged friend table scraps or other human people that is not part of a healthy diet for dogs.
Keeping this in mind, your homemade dog food needs to contain a protein source — this is especially crucial in maintaining your dog’ overall health and well being. Lack of protein can cause fatigue, poor muscle development and all around poor health so you will need to choose your protein source wisely.
The best benefit about making healthy homemade dog food is that the protein source can be guaranteed to be real meat and not simply a meat by-product as so many commercial dog food brands are want to do. By using a meat by-product, the commercial dog food companies are skimping on protein and, worse, there is no listed source for the meat so it could come from anywhere.
This is enough to send most people in search of simple and easy recipes to make homemade dog food right in their own kitchen.
By making homemade dog food, you are taking a proactive step in ensuring your dog’s well-being and your peace of mind in the safety of your pooch’s food.