March 26, 2010

The benefits of making your own dog food

While commercial pet food is usually healthy and meets the nutritional requirements for your pets, the fact is that you don’t always know what’s in this food. In the past couple of years there has been a surge in the number of pet deaths related to commercial pet foods. These deaths were almost always the result of some kind of bacterial contamination and while the risk of illness associated with commercial pet food is low, it’s still nice to have the option to make your own pet food from home.

First of all, it’s never advisable to feed your pet table scraps. Dogs or cats that are fed from the dinner table tend to develop begging behavior not to mention the fact that human food isn’t always appropriate for animals. However, if you’re interested in making your own pet food, speak to your veterinarian about which foods are healthy for your animal and which are not. Online you can find a variety of recipes that are good for your animal but you need to keep a couple things in mind. First of all, the size of your pet will determine the size of portions. Moreover, if your cat or dog gets a lot of exercise, they’ll need to eat more. But you want to be careful to balance your pet’s caloric intake with expenditure so that weight gain isn’t a concern.

While making your own pet food can be time consuming, animals generally prefer fresh meals and they can be much better for their health as well. Commercial pet foods often contain preservatives and additives but with homemade pet food you have total control over what your pet is eating. Just remember to feed your animal a balanced diet with proteins, vitamins, and other nutrients.

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