Home Cooked Pet Food For Pet Health

Why Homemade Pet Food is Better for Your Pet

Whether you own a cat or dog, they are more then pets; they are our most precious companions who offer unconditional love.  In return, all they require is daily care, proper nutrition, exercise, and lots of hugs and praise.  When it comes to nutrition, however, recent events suggest that store-bought pet foods can be a detriment to their health.  This article will discuss why homemade pet food is better for your pet than conventional processed food.

A dog’s recommended daily allowance should include: vitamins, minerals, protein, fat, carbohydrates, and water.  Just as there are different species of dogs, so too, each requires a different diet regimen.  A balanced diet should be prepared according to the size, breed, and special needs of the canine.  Foods which should not be given to dogs include: chocolate, dairy products, and foods that contain sugar or yeast.

A pet owner, who raised beagles as a hobby, fed them the following homemade food:  spaghetti and meatballs.  This may sound a bit strange, but the meat is full of protein and the spaghetti is high in carbohydrates.  Of course, this staple was not a daily occurrence, however, the beagles were always in good health, had exceptional shiny coats, and adapted to this Italian family’s cooking.

Most experts advise that you should alternate between meat, chicken, and turkey; but do not use any pork or pork products in the meals.  For young puppies; meat, fruits, and vegetables are recommended.

There are also dog owners who prefer to feed their dogs vegetarian diets which may include: carrots, apples, and brown rice.  This in combination with vegetables, pasta, and meat includes all of the nutrients a dog may need.

It should be noted, however, that before preparing any homemade food for your pet that you consult a vet to ensure you are offering a balanced meal for the type of dog you own.  Since not all breeds are the same, some require more of one ingredient than others.

Cats

Preparing homemade food for cats can be a bit tricky.  They cannot tolerate preservatives, and therefore it is again essential that you consult a vet to ascertain what type of diet is best for them.

It is the general consensus, however, that cats require the same nutrients as dogs: vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and fat.  The one exception is that cats require higher amounts of protein, therefore, utilize ground chicken, ground turkey, and ground lean beef in their diet.  In addition, add an occasional egg (either hard-boiled or scrambled) as well.

While cats love fish, it may not be a good idea to incorporate tuna or fresh fish into their diet since it is now known to contain mercury.  Experts advise that supplementing a cat’s diet with flaxseed oil, vegetables, and salt in minute amounts should be part of the dietary consideration.

Choosing homemade foods for your pet can be a healthy alternative to the processed foods available today.  Besides the fact that some of these canned foods are very low in quality, the widespread recall of commercial pet foods has generated a newfound respect for holistic, vegetarian, and homemade preparations.

Dog Poisons In The Home

Common Household Items that are Poisonous to Dogs

Just as you house-proof your home before the new baby begins to walk, you have to consider that a new dog will go after just about anything in the home. Here are some common household items that are poisonous to dogs.

  • Medications: Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, aspirin, cough and cold syrups, and prescription drugs should all be kept out of the reach of dogs.
    Indoor Plants: These can be very dangerous for dogs and should only be kept on a counter high enough so a dog cannot reach for it. If you have a large dog, you may want to get rid of these plants altogether. They include: Tulip bulbs, poinsettias, philodendrons, daffodils, lily of the valley, and azaleas.
  • Foods: Dogs have a way of getting into cabinets where the “good stuff” is stored. These foods are dangerous for dogs: chocolate, yeast, grapes, onions, and raisins.
  • Insecticides: These should not be kept in the home, but kept in a locked cabinet or on a high shelf in the garage: rat poison, flea and tick products, and other insecticides.
  • Cleaners: These are sometimes kept under the kitchen sink. Dog-proof the cabinet so that these items cannot be taken out by your dog: bleach, detergent, furniture polish, soap, and disinfectants.
  • Chemicals: These include lighter fluid, turpentine, antifreeze, gasoline, glue, paint, solvents, and any type of acids.
  • Tobacco: Try to avoid leaving out a pack of cigarettes that can easily be eaten by a dog.
  • Household Hazards: Ensure that there are all the electrical outlets in your home are covered; no extension cords are within sight or available for a dog to chew on; all electrical appliances are turned off or unplugged, and small collectable items you have showcased in your home are transferred to the top of an open bookshelf or an enclosed glass closet.
    Ensure that no bathroom items are left out on the sink or counter. If you have a cabinet under the bathroom sink, ensure it has a safety lock as well.

Dogs are a curious animal and they are inherently prone to forage for food or other items they consider chewable toys. Think of your dog as another child; as dedicated as you are to child-proofing your home, consider dog-proofing as well. In this way, there is no chance of an accident occurring when you are not home or when you are fast asleep.

For puppies, it’s a good recommendation to keep them in a kennel during the night so that they can sleep peacefully and not roam around the home. For older dogs, no doubt they will be trained not to attempt to eat something they are not supposed to, or grab something out of a cabinet.

Always err on the side of caution, however. A simple test would be to get down on your hands and knees and go through your entire home. This test has been used by those who wish to child-proof their home; looking at it from a child’s perspective. It is a sound idea.