You may think that fresh, homemade dog food is the best way to give your dog a balanced and nutritional diet that’s free from deadly chemicals and toxins which may harm your dog but what you may not know is that over 90% of the recipes for home prepared dog meals and treats contain misleading instructions and at least one assumption for an ingredient, supplement or way to prepare the food that completely changes the nutritional value of your dog’s homemade food which can negatively affect your dog’s health.
The facts I’ve uncovered for you tells a terrifying story. My recommendation is you should look for recipes that are written by board-certified veterinary nutritionists if you want to be sure that your dog’s homemade food is nutritionally complete and balanced.
Read this article because you don’t want to find out when it’s too late to do something about it that your dog’s health problems come from feeding your dog an unbalanced diet.
8 Primary Nutrients for Homemade Dog Food
- Vitamin D
- Folic Acid
Work with your vet and a board-certified veterinary nutritionist to help you create a balanced diet for your dog’s age, breed, size and pre-existing health issues.
Facts about Time and Costs to Make Dog Food at Home
- Time: It takes more time for you to cook your dog’s food than it does to buy it at your local pet supply store. For example, if you choose organic chicken and vegetables for your dog’s food you may have more travel time to purchase these ingredients.
- Costs depend on the grade of commercial dog food if you choose organic ingredients to cook your homemade dog food at home. Remember that you can feed your dog less high quality nutritionally balanced food. Here are some average costs:
- Canned dog food: $1.75 – $3.50 per pound
- Dry dog food: $1.25 – $2.75 per pound
- Homemade dog food: $2.50 – $4.60 per pound
- Shelf Life: Packaged dog food has a longer shelf life. You can make a big batch of dog food for small dogs and freeze it in meal size containers that last a week. It’s best to store meals for bigger dogs in the refrigerator because they will be devoured in 2-3 days.
Pros and Cons about Homemade Dog Food
- Pro: You can keep toxic ingredients out of your dog’s food when you make your dog’s meals at home.
- Con: You can pose a greater risk to your dog with an unbalanced raw diet made in your home.
- Pro: You can carefully manage your dog’s nutrition and make your dog well as long as you work with your vet and a nutritionist.
- Con: You will spend more time in your kitchen making your dog’s meals and spend more money on the ingredients.
Note: You need to stick to the original homemade dog food formula recommended by your veterinary nutritionist because it’s dangerous for your dog if you change the list of ingredients in your recipe, which may lead to malnutrition for your dog and cost you more time and money in the long-run.
This article gives you the pros and cons that should help you make a balanced decision whether to make your own dog food and how to know how to buy the best commercially made dog food for your dog. Share this article with other dog parents and expect to get the best health strategies from Dog Health News.
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