Why Homemade Healthy Dog Food Recipes Are Better For Your Dog

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Why Homemade Healthy Dog Food Recipes Are Better For Your Dog

The latest pet food recall demonstrates that pet food can be unhealthy and that our pets are at a great risk of being poisoned. Our pets depend on us for their health and safety and pet owners are now beginning to look more closely at a safer and healthier alternative. This alternative is in preparing their own homemade dog food recipes.

The Recall

The latest recall was initiated by an increased rate in the sudden deaths of cats and dogs. Investigations discovered that the main cause of death was linked to kidney failure, which in turn, was linked to our pets eating infected and toxic food products.

Commercial Dog Food

It has been no secret to veterinarians and dog handlers alike, that commercially processed dog food has been linked directly to thousands of dog deaths each and every day in just the United States alone.

As many believe, the cause is a combination of unbalanced nutrition and the use of preservatives, dyes, chemicals, fillers and animal by-products. The animal by-products are usually from diseased meat and the fillers are often made up of corn, a substance that dogs can not digest.
Again, it is this inferior grade of dog food and it's heavily loaded toxins, that cause kidney failure, which results in death.

Most of this low quality grade of food should of been thrown away in the very beginning and should of never been placed on the grocery food shelves.
The cheaper brands may be loaded with way to many calories and not enough of vitamins, minerals, proteins, or carbohydrates and most all of the premium brands are found to be either to high, or to low in protein, calories and other nutrients for particular dogs.

Homemade Dog Food

Many animal experts recommend homemade recipes for dogs. These recipes can range from a natural diet consisting of raw meat to vegetarian diets that contain naturally balanced vegetable ingredients.
Although the menu requirements may differ from that of humans, they are still not that much different and some meals, such as the vegetarian diet, can be prepared just as easily, creating a natural, tasty and nutritionally balanced meal.

Both dogs and cats do extremely well on the natural nutrients and enzymes that are produced in raw meat. Like humans, each dog may have their own specific nutritional needs.
Dogs do not require much of carbohydrates to maintain their health, so a diet that is low in carbohydrates and high in protein is the ideal diet.
A healthy dogs diet will consist of approximately 40 protein and about 30% starch.

Tips to Help Maintain a Balanced Homemade Diet

During the process of changing and maintaining our pets diet for a healthier one, we may find that in our busy, fast paced lives, that we don't always have the time to prepare nutritious meals for them.
Quite often however, when we're preparing our own meals, it really isn't that much more time and effort into making up several day's worth of meals for them all at the same time.

When we're short on time, an alternative to preparing healthy meals is to serve the 'commercial' variety. HOWEVER, to help maintain the quality of a homemade diet, it is IMPORTANT to serve only the most healthiest food available.

To find the healthiest selection, choose foods with an AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) guarantee. This guarantee insures that the food was tested using feeding tests.
Avoid all foods that contain 'by-product meal' or 'meat & bone meal'. Also avoid those foods that have 'by-products' as it's main source of protein.
Choose the foods that list meats by their name such as 'chicken' or 'chicken meal' instead of just 'meat' or 'meat meal' as their first ingredient.

Conclusion

The choice to insure your pets health and safety, is of course, yours. You can take the chances of finding the more expensive 'organic' or 'natural' pet foods, with hopes that they do indeed contain natural ingredients, or you can use what you have in your own kitchen to easily prepare healthier meals. These homemade recipes are fresher, cheaper, healthier and most often can be prepared without difficulty.
Most important of all, is that you'll have the comfort of knowing that your pet is receiving the perfectly balanced food that they were meant to receive.

To learn exactly which foods are the most healthiest for your pet and to also discover how to quickly and easily prepare healthy meals that will insure your pets longevity and maintain a lifetime of health, Click Here! to find 245 homemade dog food recipes that you can easily prepare in your own kitchen.
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