Most people give their dogs at least some amount of “human food” on occasion, but what if you only fed your dog “human food”? Would it be difficult or take a lot of time or money? Is it better for my dog? In this blog post we will cover these questions and provide some information on making your own dog food at home.
Benefits of Homemade Dog Food
Like with humans, natural and whole foods provide the most amount of nutrients. Everyone knows that processed food has a lower nutritional value and has things added to it in order to keep it safe to eat while it sits in your cabinet. A balanced, fresh food diet is better for human health and is definitely better for a dog’s health as well. When making food at home you can be sure that you know every ingredient going into your dog’s belly instead of a bunch of things in your processed dog food that you can’t even pronounce. Beyond being nutritious, your dog will love the taste of fresh homemade food! Some dogs have allergies or health problems that make it difficult to find the right dog food, homemade recipes can be tailored to your dog’s special diet.
Downsides of Homemade Dog Food
Homemade dog food is obviously more time consuming than scooping food out of a bag or can. The second downside is that the price of homemade dog food can be expensive. Fresh and nutritious ingredients can be costly. The most important downside is accidentally giving your dog an unbalanced diet that can lead to health problems down the road.
Setting aside some time to make your dog food in bulk it can be much less time consuming than you imagine. The first few times you do it will take a little bit of time, but once you know what you’re doing it will get much easier. Think of any of the times you’ve meal prepped for yourself. At first, it can be a bit of a daunting and time consuming task. After a few weeks, you’ve nailed it! Cooking for a few weeks at a time, depending on your freezer space, can really make it easier as well.
The next tip is to look for sales and buy in bulk to help reduce the cost that it takes to make your dog a balanced and nutritious meal.
Lastly, never make a recipe on your own, unless you happen to have a strong knowledge of a dog’s nutritional needs and know how to meet them. There are plenty of recipes you can find online made by experts in dog nutrition that you can use. Remember to always consult your veterinarian when you change your dog’s diet.
Whether you have been thinking about feeding your dog a homemade diet or the thought has never crossed your mind, we hope this post has inspired you to think about making your own dog food instead of purchasing a bag of it next time. Take the benefits and downsides of a homemade diet, as well as input from your veterinarian to decide what is best for you and your furry friend!