Many choose to make homemade dog food for a variety of reasons. Some dogs and cats have food allergies, some have special health conditions that make it necessary, and other dog owners want to be sure that their dogs are eating a healthy, balanced meal. This is especially true after the recent pet deaths and pet food recalls from tainted dog food.
Really, the best way to know what your dog eats is to make your own homemade healthy dog food. But before you begin switching your dog over to dog food that is homemade, be sure to meet with your veterinarian. It is often recommended to gradually switch from commercial pet food to natural homemade because your pets digestive system may not adapt well to a sudden change.
When it comes to shopping for ingredients for your homemade dog food, look for fresh, natural ingredients that will result in the best tasting and most nutritious dog food. Dogs will need a balance of protein, fats, grains, and certain vegetables.
A balanced diet is necessary because a dog fed too much protein can lead to joint problems brought on by an imbalance in their calcium and phosphorous ratios. The grains and vegetables are also necessary because your dog’s ancestors ate a diet of raw meats, grasses, and grains.