How to make the perfect homemade dog food
If you tend to feed your dog mostly commercial canned or bagged dog food, why not treat him or her to some home cooked dog food? Maybe you are a regular to the joys of making your dog his very own homemade dinners and need a little advice on variety? Whichever the reason, I shall show you exactly how easy it is to make your own home cooked dog food!
Firstly, I would like to mention that you should ask your vet before making any major adjustments to your dog’s dietary intake. Making home cooked dog food on a regular basis should be well researched as there are some foods that can be potentially very harmful to your dog’s health. Also, you need to ensure that your dog is getting all the nutrition he needs to ensure he lives a long and healthy life. Commercial dog food generally contains everything he needs, but making your own may require you to read up about it first.
You need to work out exactly how many calories your dog needs to eat when preparing homemade dog food. It is easy to make plenty and freeze it to be consumed at a later date, but both the size and weight of your dog needs to be taken into account as the calories in human food differ from that of dog food. See what he or she is currently getting from the commercial dog food diet and go from there. If he appears hungry, then you are not feeding him enough, if he is leaving some, then you are feeding too much!
Another indication is whether or not the dog’s weight is going up or down. You should keep a close eye on him, and take him to the Vet to have him checked before you change his diet, and then regularly for a while afterwards. He will become ill if you are feeding him the wrong things, or too much, and from the way he reacts, you can tell if there is anything you would need to change.
Ensure all meat is thoroughly cooked before you feed it to your dog. For many years dogs have been known to gnaw on bones and eat raw meat, but for generations now, they have become used to commercial dog food, and their digestive systems have adapted. You also don’t really know where the meat you are feeding him has been, and cooking it properly will get rid of any potential threats.