There are many articles that tout the reasons one would choose a homemade dog food recipe over manufactured dog food such as kibble when feeding their pet.
Some of the more common reasons include: 1) Increased health, well-being and vitality for your dog; 2) Fewer allergies, illnesses and vet visits (in other words you save a ton of money!) and 3) The questionable quality of many processed dog food ingredients.
However, in this article, I wanted to highlight reasons that are often overlooked in choosing a steady diet of homemade recipes vs. processed food for your pet.
Overlooked Reasons To Go Natural
When you make your own recipes, you control every, single ingredient that goes in. For dogs with allergies, remove ingredients from his favorite recipes until you find the culprit. Or better yet, start with just a few basic ingredients.
With processed food, you have to switch foods and it is likely that the heavy grain concentrations or additives in his kibble are causing the allergies in the first place.
Is your dog overweight, does he/she require less protein? Again, you can control every ingredient to match your dog’s nutritional need perfectly.
There is such an incredible community that exists on the Internet now for owners who prepare their own dog food recipes.
When you join the ranks, you will be embraced and you will meet some of the most passionate, caring dog lovers who have as their mission your dog’s full and vital health. (This is not something that can be said for your average corporation in charge of profits for selling dog food.)
You needn’t stagger around not knowing what to do, or where to buy the best supplies or how to prepare delicious and healthy recipes. There are plenty of people to help you along the way with advice, books and other recommendations.
You will be among so many friends who will love you and your dog.
With homemade dog food recipes you are free to experiment with so many varieties of food for your pet.
I shudder to think about millions of dogs who live their whole lives eating sub-standard, processed food every single day. (They must truly love us because they hardly complain…)
Feeding our pets has turned into a boring, meaningless routine based mostly on convenience (not necessarily the best nutrition.)
But with only a small amount of effort and really not too much additional time, feeding time can turn into a great adventure for you and your pet. The smile on your dog’s face at feeding time will make your heart burst because he / she knows that a wonderful surprise awaits.
There are several more less common (but important) reasons I can highlight for choosing a homemade dog food recipe over processed food; however those will have to wait for another article.
In the meantime, remember the three C’s (control, community, and creativity) as you being to experiment the joys of feeding fresh homemade recipes to your dog.