There’s an awful lot of information about the pros and cons of home cooking for dogs, but finding quality, straightforward truth can be an uphill climb. That’s why we’re going to break down the basics and detail exactly why home cooking for dogs is so beneficial.
The Downside of Commercial Pet Food
First, some bad news.
When it comes to commercial pet foods, there are issues. For one, regulations are slack. In the United States, the USDA does not control regulations of pet food quality and nobody’s really looking at what goes into private pet food products. Quality control is a matter of the state and there can be major variations in how regulatory codes handle the food you feed your pet.
What’s more, many private pet food companies cut corners when it comes to what they put in their food products. They need to cut costs and produce revenue for their stakeholders, so they’re willing to do whatever they can to achieve that goal.
That means diminishing quality standards on the food you buy.
And without proper regulatory standards, that standard of quality can be difficult to navigate for even the most knowledgeable pet owner.
Regulating the Home Diet
On the other hand, human foods cooked for pets – that’s what goes into a homemade pet food diet, after all – are regulated. By you.
You can manage and monitor precisely what goes into your pet’s food dish, putting you in the driver’s seat in terms of quality control, portion direction, nutritional stability, and so on. You obtain the ingredients, you know how to prepare the dishes, you search for quality cookbooks for pets, you do the homework. That’s the best regulatory system on the face of the earth.
Remember what we talked about in terms of regulations and commercial pet foods?
That leads right into the problem of filler in commercial dog foods. Those aforementioned cost-cutting measures lead to the inclusion of “filler.” These cheap ingredients flesh out the full “bag” of dog food and make it more substantial, which in turn means more profit for pet food giants.
Apart from being a waste of your money, the disadvantage of filler ingredients is that they can create problems for your pet. Not only do some filler ingredients create more internal waste, but they can also lead to allergic reactions and health problems. Some dogs do not digest cheap filler ingredients well, which can lead to a series of health problems.
By watching over the whole process of pet food creation yourself, you ensure there is no filler in your doggy diet and safeguard against potential allergens and other difficulties.
Of course, the home diet is what you make it. If you choose fresh, healthy ingredients, your dog will have a fresh, fit source of food. It’s that simple. Home cooking takes away the guesswork of pet food shopping and ensures you provide a proportionate, nourishing meal for your pet – day in and day out.
Because commercial pet foods are rife with preservatives and artificial flavoring, consumption can lead to substantial health difficulties – or the aggravating of prevailing health problems. Some dogs respond poorly to some of the grains or coarse irritants in pet food, too, which can lead to digestive problems like diarrhea.
By including fresh ingredients that you yourself have checked out, you can avoid things like “meal” and corn products that go into standard pet foods and get down to the brass tacks of food preparation. That makes your dog’s food healthier, safer and just flat-out better.
You can tailor your dog’s diet specifically to your pet by using fresh ingredients, selecting the sorts of vegetables and proteins you know your dog will love and safeguarding that you produce the food at a planned, expected time each day. This avoids the temptation of simply flinging a bunch of kibble into a bowl for all-day consumption.
More Pros, Few Cons
At this point and time, it’s hard to argue against home cooking for dogs. The health benefits, as we’ve discussed, are abundant. You can watch over what your dog eats from day-to-day, ensure a well-proportioned approach to nutrition, avoid grains and detrimental additives, cut preservatives, slash costs, and serve meals at dependable intervals without risking overfeeding.
In the end, you have to ask yourself: is there any reason not to home cook for your dog?