Increase in homemade food for dogs
All over the world, dogs are enjoying a new kind of dining experience. A kind of canine culinary revolution is taking place. More and more dog parents are coming to realise that commercial dog food is actually doing their dog more harm than good. They’re understanding that, actually, dogs are far better off with homemade dog food. It’s healthier, it’s more nutritious and dogs actually thrive on homemade food for dogs. It’s what we canine nutritionists have been saying for years. Now the veterinary profession is starting to agree with us.
The USA is a particular leader in this field. Largely I believe due to the considerable number of commercial pet food recalls that take place across the United States every year. On average, a staggering five a month. They also happen here too by the way. They’re just not as well publicized. When they are publicized, here’s where you’re like to find information on pet food recalls in the UK.
Vets join the revolution
A great many enlightened and genuinely caring vets have joined this canine revolution in recents years. As I say, particularly in America.
“So, what is so bad about feeding dogs people food?” asks Paula Terifaj. She’s the well-known Doctor of Veterinary Medicine of Founders Veterinary Clinic in Brea, California, by the way. “Nothing! If you know how to eat a healthy, well balanced diet you can apply that same principle to feeding your dog. Only the ratio of meat to carbohydrates and size proportions will change.
“The problem is in thinking that dogs need to eat differently than we do and that all their nutritional needs can be scientifically formulated and packaged into neat little bags. No freshness, no variety and no taste. Does that sound like good nutrition?”
“Worse yet,” she continues, “is that pet food manufacturers are allowed to buy meat and grains that are rejected by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) for human consumption. Our government has protected us from eating harmful foodstuffs, but the same protection does not apply to our pets!
“It is time we invite our hungry hounds back into our kitchens.”
Dogs and cats can eat the same food as humans
If all this sounds familiar, it is. “During the process of digestion, animals break down the carbohydrates, proteins and fats in foods into units – sugars, amino acids, and fatty acids – small enough to be absorbed into the body.”
So said by Marion Nestle, Ph.D, MPH & Malden C Nesheim, Ph.D, in their best selling book, Feed Your Pet Right, The Authoritive Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat.
“These are used to build body parts or to produce energy. That is why dogs and cats are able to eat the same kinds of foods as we do. With only a few exceptions, pets require the same nutrients we do, digest food in the same way, and do just fine on diets similar to ours.”
Well researched and beautifully written, ‘Feed Your Pet Right’ has become the definitive guide on what and how to feed our canine companions. It’s been called the most comprehensive book ever written on the subject for very good reason. It’s a masterpiece. And it very much takes the commercial pet food industry to task for some of its dubious practices. It’s not just professional canine nutritionists who ‘have a bone to pick’ with the commercial pet food industry!
Even vets promote homemade food for dogs
Meanwhile, vet Paula Terifaj, along with vets at the likes of the Angell Animal Medical Center, a multi-practice veterinary clinic with its headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, have gone even further. They’ve gone so far as to suggest homemade dog food recipes on their websites rather than promoting the obviously more lucrative nutritionless kibble recommended by so many vets purely because it enhances their bottom line.
If you really want to improve your dog’s health, nothing beats homemade dog food. Especially for anyone new to home cooked dog food, I’ve created a step-by-step guide to making healthy homemade dog food. It includes a number of canine nutritionist- formulated homemade dog food recipes.