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.
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.