What You Need To Know Before Taking The Leap
Home made dog food, kibble, canned, raw, dehydrated, freeze-dried; when it comes to dog food, I’ve truly have done it all.
If you’re contemplating the idea of cooking for your dog, I’d like to share some insight on home made dog food.
Most dog owners typically consider cooking for their dogs after their dog has already been diagnosed with an illness such as kidney/liver disease or they just found out their dog has cancer. Reason being; these diseases require nutritional support in order to either manage or in some cases, cure the disease.
Whether you’re interested in home made dog food because you prefer to know exactly what your dog is eating or because he’s sick; you must understand that supplements will also play a large role in your dog’s home made diet.
It’s not as simple as going to the store and purchasing meat, veggies, fruit, etc. and throwing it all together. Doing this would lead to much bigger problems for your dog.
A home made dog food must be BALANCED just like commercial dog foods. This is the largest advantage of feeding commercial dog foods.
Home Made Dog Food For The Healthy Dog
If your dog is healthy and you’re just more comfortable cooking for him on a regular basis, I highly suggest that you purchase a book that includes recipes along with the necessary supplements you need to balance his diet. There’s some excellent books that will help you do just that.
Balancing A Home Made Dog Food
Nutritionists in the veterinary field often recommend adding one of the following supplements to home made diets for dogs.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are not feeding raw meaty bones, then CALCIUM MUST BE ADDED to the diet in addition to one of the following supplements. *Adult dogs require roughly between 800 and 1,000 mg of calcium or 1/2 teaspoon of ground eggshell per lb of fresh food daily.
Include 1 of the following tablets daily per 20 pounds of body weight:
- Centrum Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplement
- Theragran-M Advanced
- One A Day Maximum Formula
Since calcium and phosphorus MUST be managed in dogs with kidney disease; this product is a nice option since neither are included. Animal Essentials Herbal Multi-vitamin for Dogs and Cats (300 Grams) is another option that is highly recommended for balancing home made dog food and it might be a good idea if your dog has existing kidney problems (talk to your vet first) to use this vs any of the above.
It’s important that you know exactly what the calcium and phosphorus blood levels are from your dog’s bloodwork so that you (or your nutritionist) can determine how much calcium should be added to the diet. I highly recommend checking out DogAware if your dog has kidney disease. Mary who is the site owner works hard to help her visitors who are struggling with their dog’s kidney issues. You can contact her on her website.
The average dog owner should not try and home feed their dog without some sort of guidance. Again there are some great books that will help guide you and you MUST remember the supplements.
* Dog owners with dogs suffering from kidney/liver issues should take into consideration their dog’s calcium/phosphorus ratio to best determine what diet of home made dog food would work best.