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Tips For Homemade Healthy Dog Food

With so many different brands of dog food on the market why would you want to make your own homemade dog food? The answer is if you make it yourself you know exactly what’s going in there. And perhaps even more important, what’s not in the food.

The major pet food manufacturers would have you believe that homemade food is somehow unsafe for your dog. They ignore the major pet food recalls in the last several years where food was contaminated and hundreds, if not thousands of pets died. For hundreds (if not thousands of years) since dogs have been domesticated, they have eaten what they could catch and leftover food from humans.

Dogs are simple to please with food. They eat pretty much anything and everything. Unlike cats which are strictly carnivorous, dogs are more like bears and people and are omnivores. An omnivore eats and digests both meat, vegetables, grains, and fruits.

Unless your dog is one of the large breeds you can probably make homemade food for less than the cost of premium canned food.

You may be asking yourself “How can I possibly make sure that my dog gets everything it needs nutritionally with home made food?” If you serve a varied diet you’ll naturally cover all the bases. And here’s a simple trick: dog food should be 1/3 protein source, 1/3 veggies and fruits, 1/3 carbohydrates like rice or potatoes. Rotating the types of protein, veggies, fruits and carbohydrates you serve insures your pampered pup will get everything they need.

Homemade dog food is not leftovers but you can use left over people food if you cook healthy for yourself. Don’t salt the food and watch the fat content. While pizza could be a once in awhile treat, a fast food diet isn’t good for you or your dog.

There are a few foods dogs shouldn’t have including:
grapes
onions
alcoholic beverages
most nuts
milk
mushrooms
salt

Garbage which some dogs consider food
peach and plum pits
cherry pits
coffee grinds
egg shells
spoiled food
tomato, potato, rhubarb leaves

Avoid those and your dog should be okay.

If your dog has a chronic disease don’t switch to homemade foods until you’ve consulted your veterinary. Too much protein can be a problem, or too much carbohydrates can be a problem.

Change the dog’s diet gradually to avoid tummy upsets. Start by mixing a little of the homemade food with the store bought food and gradually increasing the amount of homemade food. Within a couple of weeks your dog could be eating a healthier diet.

Dee Power is the author of several nonfiction books and the two legged companion of Rose, the Irish Setter and Kate, the English Springer Spaniel. They give two paws up to Dee’s healthy homemade dog food and Dee’s grilling tips.

Tips For Choosing Healthy Dog Foods

You don’t have to be Doc Dolittle to know that healthy dog foods are beneficial for your pet dog. These foods include various natural, holistic ingredients and exclude various additives. But, do you know which ones to get your pet?

The next time you agonize over what to get Spot or Dido, think of the human “food pyramid”. Dog food should contain a particular ratio of different foods, so look for meals that are approximately 50% meat, 40% veggies, and 10% carbohydrates.

Marvelous Meat Meal
By nature, dogs are meat-eaters. Thus, when searching for holistic dog foods, look for those with a high content of something called “meat meal protein.” Essentially, this is pre-cooked meat, so look for it in the label and then verify that meat meal is included as three of the top five ingredients in holistic dog food.

Dogs Cannot Live on Meat Alone
While you should not expect your dog to become a vegetarian, dogs still need certain minerals and vitamins from veggies. Make sure that the healthy dog food you choose has several different vitamins. For instance, Vitamin A can make your pet dog’s vision sharper, and can also prevent different eye diseases, such as glaucoma.

Holistic dog food should also contain whole grains, so your canine gets the minerals, vitamins, and fiber that it needs. Excellent choices include barley, brown rice, rolled oats, and millet. However, keep in mind that you need to avoid refined grains, as dog food producers often add them as fillers.

Nature-Made Versus Man-made
To select the healthiest dog foods, choose those that are free of additives, such as preservatives, artificial flavors, and artificial colors, For instance, avoid the preservatives BHT and BHA, which could cause cancer. Instead, choose natural preservatives including Vitamin E and Vitamin C.

If you want your pet to be fit as a fiddle, give it healthy dog foods. Follow these tips to keep your dog happy and healthy-the natural way!

For more tips and advice on healthy dog foods visit the healthiest dog foods blog, and learn to feed your dog the healthy way.

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