Making Your Own Homemade Dog Food
Whn you finally have decided to buy a pet dog and to care for him at all turns, then the little fellow is litterally becoming a part of your family. And in no-time you should be able to do anything for the betterment of him. This also includes giving him a very healthy and nutrition meal at all times. You can also opt to buy commercial foods from stores. But most of the part is just fillers and they are a lot expensive compared to homemade foods. Further, when you create your homemade food for your dog you exactly get to know what your friend is eating. So, get your apron, and get ready to teach yourself some new tricks. However, there are some important things that you need to know about your pet’s health and nourishment when you are preparing the food by yourself.
Making a healthy food that meets the nutirtion needs is simple, only when you know things about it. It can be done, however, it also takes some dedication, and a lot of work and time.
1. It All Starts With a Good Recipe
Unfortunately, many homemade food recipes fall well below the nutrition limit; largely due to lack of knowledge. Pet foods, especially for dogs, needs a iron, copper, calcium, and zinc. Even some recipes created by veterinarians don’t measure up. The University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine tested 200 recipes, many written by vets. The researchers found most of the recipes were short on some essential nutrients.
So what exactly the best way to make sure that the recipe has what it needs?
The best method to ensure that your recipe touches all lines is to choose one created by an expert, especially in training in dog nutrition. Your choice of expert should be a certified pet nutrionist with a good experience in making pet foods. If you are uncertain, ask your vet, he/she should be able to point you in the right direction.
A basic essential in your pet food should be protein (this includes animal meat like beef and chicken, seafoods, dairy, or eggs, etc.), fat (from meat or oil, but should be a limited amount) and carbohydrates (grains and veges). Your pet also needs calcium (from diary or an ingredient such as egg shells), and another essential item is fatty acids such as certain plant oils, egg yolks, oatmeal, and other foods.
These are nly for normal, healthy dogs. If your dog has a special case involving health issues, then his diet also needs to be extra-special. You may need a pet nutrition expert to create custom recipes.
2. Prepare the Recipe Right
We know tha some of you might have the temptation to do some experiments in the kitchen. But, trust on this, save those experiments for yourselves. It’s better to improvise in your meal than in your pooch.
Here are certain points to keep in mind when you are preparing the meal for your dog.
Always do your best effort to follow the recipe. If you attempt to alternate it, then it could give some unexpected effects since there are also food items that becoms poisonous at mixing. As an example, if you cook chicken, within skin or without, or with bones or without, will change the recipe’s nutrition profile. You might also add or subtract calories without meaning to.
Try not to swap ingredients. You might find some ingredients that looks similar but defineitly don’t provide the same nutrition. As an example, corn, canola, and walnut oil provide certain essential fatty acids that olive oil and coconut oil don’t. By making swaps among them, you could very easily unbalance the diet.
Have a food scale with you. Food scales are a lot better than measuring cups, especially for measuring meat.
Make sure you cook all animal products, this will kill any bacteria that could make your dog sick. Cook grains, beans, and starchy vegetables to make them easier to digest.
Never and never attempt to add foods that are exotic or unfamiliar to your pooch. This includes especially chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, avocados, and Macadamia nuts.
If you want to mix things up, do it with the treats you feed. Offer dog-safe fresh fruits and vegetables as treats.
3. Add the Right Supplements
If you have decided to feed your pooch from scratch, then it surely needs some extra supplement that includes nutrients such as calcium. Which ones depend on which nutrients are missing from his meals. A good recipe should include specific supplement instructions. If you’re unsure, talk to a pet nutritionist.
4. Make Sure the Diet’s Working
Make sure that you do constant check-ups with your dog. Once your dog is been dining from homemade food, take him on a visit to you vet, just to ensure that his growth is okay. This will make sure that he is not gaining or losing too much weight. If his weight is changing, check it again in a couple of weeks.
Take your pooch for a checkup twice a year. The vet can look at his skin, coat, body condition, and any type of problems that might be happening as the result of the diet.