Jan 19 , 2023
Have you even wondered what’s really in that bag of kibble at the grocery store? You have turned over the package and read the ingredients, but still it seems too baffling. What do all of those long, scientific words really mean? Does the nutritional facts truly benefit your doggo’s health?
Sometimes, the only way to make sure that your dog’s diet is nutritionally balanced is by making their food on your own. However, it’s not that easy compared to just pouring the dog food into a bowl and mixing it with water.
Plus, home made dog foods need more time, effort, and knowledge to make sure that your dogs’ diet is healthy and nourishing enough to meet your their daily nutritional needs. But in the end, all will be worth it because you fully know what your furry friends are eating.
So if you’re planning to switch to making homemade dog food for your pooch, here are more reasons why that’s a good plan.
Why homemade food is good for your dog’s health and how to make it properly
Creating a healthy diet for your dogs at home will allow you the opportunity to take charge of your pets’ health. Especially if your dogs have health issues or are under medication, you can control the amount of protein and calories that are needed for their daily diet.
You may also consider the raw diet for them. This diet consists of raw meat, vegetable juices, and grains. Dogs by nature, if you let them thrive in the wild, they will eat this variety of food. Getting your dogs’ diet back to the basics will help them encourage good health.
In terms of organic diet, it can be easily achieved at home since a lot of organic foods are widely available already.. If you have access to home-grown organic goods in your local area, this may be the best option for your pets. If you have the time and space, consider growing your own organic vegetables to include in your dogs’ diet. What better way to keep their diet on track?
Now that you are close to turning away from processed food, how about your dogs’ treats or snacks? You can still make your homemade dog treats at home or by simply feeding them baby carrots or pieces of apple as a natural treat.
Dogs also love ice cubes as a snack. You can bake goodies for your doggos too, using fruits and veggies. Or, try frozen vegetable juice or dog biscuits made from organic ingredients.
Don’t worry, offering these foods in moderate amounts will not alter their diet at all. Just make sure not to give too much before and after meals. Do remember to subtract the amount of treats from the daily regimen at mealtime to keep the diet balanced properly. For instance, if the dog’s diet typically includes five baby carrots a day, you may want to subtract this from the meal and use them throughout the day as treats.
Additionally, aside from the fact that homemade dog foods contain no preservatives, they’re also less expensive. When you buy kibbles or canned foods, most of the time you’re buying the brand. The more popular the brand is, the more expensive it gets.
Can I alternate homemade dog food with kibbles/canned foods?
If your dogs came from a dry or canned food diet, you can gradually transition their meal to homemade, organic foods. Start with small steps first to prevent any gastrointestinal issues.
For urgent travels, sometimes preparing homemade foods from scratch can be time consuming. It’s good to have a high-quality dog food just in case and some treats so your doggos won’t get hungry on the road.
It’s also a good idea to have prepared pre-cooked meals or cooled veggies & fruits for on the go.
Humans and animals need fruits and vegetables for a healthy and balanced diet. However, a dog’s nutritional value differs from ours. Which is why it’s important to make sure you provide all the right nutrients your dogs need to maintain a healthy weight and life.
Unbalanced and poor nutrition can lead to obesity, malnutrition, or other diseases. You can ask the vet for your dogs’ diet plan and recommended daily supplements that are appropriate for their age and weight.