Making your own dog food from the comfort of your home is no longer a new thing and there are more than a few reasons why every dog owner should have this option as part of the means of feeding his or her dog. Any opportunity to either avoid or reduce the quantity of commercially produced pet food is always a welcomed option; therefore learning how to make dog food is the way to go.
Since the unfortunate incident of pet food recall of some years back when some pets died after consuming those commercial products, learning how to make dog food has taken a central role as regards what and how our dogs are fed. However, in order for our DIY dog food to be successful and meet the nutritional and dietary needs of our dogs then we must be aware of certain guidelines before putting all those ingredients together. Homemade dog food falls into two major categories -cooked or raw.
One of the primary reasons why dog owners are encouraged to learn how to make their own dog food is so that they can determine what goes into their dog’s diet but without adequate knowledge before embarking on this great idea, it is quite easy to end up feeding your dog with food that does not meet his dietary and nutritional needs because certain key ingredients are either lacking or are in excess.
Some guidelines for making healthy food for your dog are (applicable for both cooked and raw diet):
It is essential that the food you make for your dog meets his nutritional needs i.e. his food should be balanced and complete. This is not a difficult thing to achieve as long as the food the dog is being fed with over time includes a wide variety served at different meals; completeness in nutritional terms would easily be achieved. So the danger here is to avoid feeding your dog with the same meal with very little variation.
While making your dog food, make sure that no one particular food type should take up more than 50% of the diet.
Your may include leftovers as long as they are food that you can eat yourself. Animal products such as meat should consist of about half the diet while paying attention to high fat content and if your dog is not involve in intense exercises then lean meat with about 10% fat is the way to go.
Your DIY dog food should also include fish which is good source of vitamin D.
Include a small quantity of organ meat such as liver every other day as opposed to feeding on larger quantities once in a while.
Also let your dog enjoy the rich benefits of eggs which you should also include on a regular basis.