December 14, 2017

The Basics Of Home Cooked Dog Foods

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Many dog owners struggle to provide their pets with the very best in nutritional offerings in everything from their food to their treats. Most recognize that commercially developed dog foods may contain ingredients that are causing their dogs to have digestive disorders or other types of health issues. Other dog owners just want to feed their dogs holistic or organic types of foods that they know completely what they contain.

There are options for cooking and preparing your own types of dog food. There is also the option to incorporate a raw food type of diet, also known as a BARF diet. Either option is a possibility but they are certainly not for everyone. In the most general sense making home cooked dog food is great for those with small and medium sized dogs but once you start getting into multiple dogs or the large or giant breeds it becomes more problematic.

The biggest issue for most people today is finding the time to actually shop, prepare and cook for your pets. Granted cooking isn’t as specific as for human consumption and you can largely use ingredients from the kitchen, but you do have to ensure that the food is nutritionally sound. This means sticking to some type of proportion control in your batches to include protein, fats and small amounts of carbohydrates. Many home cooks make the mistake of adding too large a percentage of carbohydrates resulting in overweight and unhealthy pets over time.

The good news is that domestic dogs are very adaptable to different types of foods. While the original wolf ancestors may have been rather strict carnivores, domestic dogs are now more omnivores, meaning they can tolerate carbohydrates much better. High fat diets are also a problem for dogs, just as they are for humans. Any home made diets should have a good source of fat such as beef fat or chicken fat but they shouldn’t include large quantities of bacon fat, grease or margarine or butter. This is because the later contain a lot of salt, which can also contribute to health problems over time.

Generally most recipes should include about equal amounts of proteins from meats and a good mix of slow and rapid fermenting carbohydrates. Five to ten percent of the total meal should be made up of a good fat, including Omega 3 fatty acids found in flax seed oil. Good choices for the proteins include low fat types of ground beef, ground turkey or ground chicken. Cold water fish including salmon or halibut are also good additions but be careful to check for mercury and ensure they are wild caught as much as possible. This eliminates the concern of growth supplements or chemicals in the fish.
Good sources of carbohydrates are found in everyone’s kitchen. They must be cooked to be of use to your dog but they can include wheat based products such as whole grain pasta or small amounts of organic bread. Rice and potatoes are also good choices for any dog’s diet. Oatmeal, peas, beans and carrots can be added for color as well a variety.

Article by Owen Gates, check out Petflow for Innova pet food & Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover online!

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