Disclaimer: Whenever you are making changes to your dog's diet, always consult a veterinarian for the healthiest foods to feed your dog.
While many of us may believe that homemade meals could be the healthiest option for our pups, it's not always the case. Generally, pet food products are designed with a strong balance of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals for specific dog sizes and ages.
According to The Philippine Star
, "Complete and balanced products provide between 42 and 48 required nutrients
, including specific vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and amino acids."
Moving on from the basic essentials of what our pups need, The Philippine Star
also noted a study by the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine that concluded that 84% of homemade meals were lacking in vital nutrition. Wow! That means most of these recipes severely lacked essentials that ensure a pup's happy, healthy life.
Use this short check list to be a dog food guru:
Why aren't some homemade meals healthy?
- It's missing essential vitamins and nutrients.
- It's not the correct portion size.
- It's healthy for humans, but not for dogs.
How can I incorporate homemade meals and be healthy?
- Discuss with your family vet the best vitamin, mineral, and nutrient foods.
- Consider age, size, activity level, dietary needs and any applicable allergies when meal planning.
- Consult reputable sources on safe and healthy food and harmful foods to avoid
- Homemade meals should be a supplement to your pet's diet, not a sole food source.
Stay ahead of the learning curve when it comes to foods that are dangerous for pups. This infographic
is a great help.
Featured image via @mythreedoxies and H/t via The Philippine Star