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A Dog Food Recipe is not a Complete Diet!

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I constantly see people asking on the likes of Facebook for free dog food recipes. As a canine nutritionist I can categorically tell you that a dog food recipe is not a complete diet. Nowhere near it. Your dog needs a whole raft of recipes, plus a whole lot more besides, in order to provide it a healthy diet.

You’ve heard the proverb one swallow does not a summer make? It’s the same with dog food recipes. Make no mistake about it, one recipe most certainly does not a complete canine diet make!

There are a number of things your dog requires in its diet. These include:


Variety isn’t just the spice of life. It’s one of the cornerstones of good canine health. One of the basic principles of nutrition. It’s the way you ensure your pooch is receiving its full compliment of nutrients.

Different foods contain different nutrients in different proportions. It’s only by feeding a wide variety of different foodstuffs that you can ensure your best friend receives all the nutrients it requires for good health.


Balance is another of those basic principles of nutrition. And once again you achieve balance in your dog’s diet by feeding a wide variety of different foods. You don’t need to be a canine nutritionist to do this. Although it certainly helps to consult one!

But thereafter, you balance your dog’s diet in the same way you balance your own. By feeding the correct balance, the correct ratio, of protein to fats and of carbs to vitamins, minerals and water.


The third in that triumvirate of principles of nutrition is moderation. That means feeding just the right amount for your dog’s individual requirements. Not so much that he or she gains excess weight, and not so little that he or she loses weight and suffers the effects of malnutrition.

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Supplementation is something else you will need to consider if you want to feed your dog a healthy diet. That’s yet another thing you will not get from a single dog food recipe.

Fish body oil and calcium are two key requirements for a healthy canine diet. Calcium in fact is a dietary essential for a dog. Failing to supplement with calcium is said to be the biggest single mistake made by pet parents new to making homemade dog food for their pooch. And it can be the most costly. Particularly for your beloved pet who will suffer from debilitating bone fragility later in life without calcium supplementation.

In summary

If anyone is considering searching the internet for a dog food recipe, I would say a better use of time would be to consult a canine nutritionist about your dog’s diet. I could create a complete diet for your dog, one that would correctly satisfy its every dietary need.

If you want your dog to remain healthy going forward, please don’t make the mistake made by so many. Please don’t rely on a single dog food recipe when home cooking for your dog!

Gerald Pepin

Gerald Pepin

Canine Nutritionist

Gerald Pepin is a qualified canine nutritionist, writer, speaker and homemade dog food advocate. Gerald believes that good nutrition can improve or cure most canine health problems and that the natural way is always the best way when it comes to healing man's best friend. A life-long lover of German Shepherds, Gerald and his wife The Dog Chef have two GSDs and live in rural Somerset.


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