Homemade Dog Food
I have been a fan of homemade dog food diets for a long time. With all the news lately of tainted dog and cat food many people are now reconsidering how safe commercial dog and cat foods are for their pets.
It is very easy to get started making homemade dog food. Realize that dogs need to eat the same healthy foods that we need. Quality meats, fresh vegetables, and carbohydrates make up the basics. The portions of meat, vegetable, and carbohydrates should be 40/30/30 respectively.
Many people are nervous to start making meals for their dogs, but it is actually easier than you think. Almost anyone can add some cooked meat, vegetables, and rice or potatoes into a pan.
Start off by picking almost any meat you choose. Turkey is often a good choice for easy digestibility, but almost any meat will do. Other choices of meat include beef, ham, chicken, or pork. Just be sure you thoroughly cook the meat until it is done.
For vegetables you can just buy a frozen vegetable mix from the store. Fresh vegetables are the best and contain more nutrients, but frozen veggies are easier. Just add them to the meat after it is cooked and warm them up.
For carbohydrates most people use either rice or potatoes. It doesn’t really matter unless your dog has a preference for a certain carbohydrate.
For seasoning most people will add a little bit of garlic, because dogs seem to like the taste of garlic, and it is also a natural flea repellent. Be sure not to over season, because often dogs do not like a lot of seasoning and my become sick because of it.
If you are currently feeding a commercial dog food slowly over the course of a couple weeks start to feed your homemade dog food. If you just switch over to a homemade dog diet right away, the dogs may not eat it, or even develop diarrhea.
Another great reason to feed homemade dog food is because many dogs have food allergies. Buy feeding your dog a type of meat he hasn’t eaten before it can lessen the signs of food allergy. Proteins are often the main source of food allergies in dogs, so by changing their source of protein, you can often alleviate any signs of food allergies.
After you get done cooking all of your homemade dog food, you can store it in the refrigerator for 3 to 7 days. Once you start cooking for your dog you’ll really see the benefits of a homemade dog food diet. Be sure to consult your veterinarian before starting and remember to never feed your dog chocolate.
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