Comparison of Commercial vs. Homemade Dog Food
Choosing between commercially prepared and homemade dog food is but one of the challenging dilemmas dog owners face. Did you know that your dog’s nutrition determines every other aspect of his life? This is why you should be very careful when selecting food to give to your dog.
Research shows that the nutrition puppies get can influence their growth, behavior, general well-being, and appearance. You have a big responsibility to provide good nutrition for your dog, which comes down to the decision between commercially or homemade dog food.
Commercial Dog Food
Commercial dog food refers to packaged food for dogs sold in supermarkets, at pet stores, and supplied by your veterinarian. This food is normally canned and therefore dry, semi-dry, or wet.
Dog owners have been choosing commercial dog food for many years because it is easy and quite inexpensive.. You only have to buy it and feed your dog without any added work or expenses.
The sad reality is that some of these foods have long term implications for your dog. This is not to say that all commercial dog foods are dangerous for dogs but most of them actually are, as they are deficient in many important nutrients required by dogs, in addition to containing rubbish fillers which are dangerous to dogs. In addition, the cooking processes used to prepare these foods ruins the small amount of nutrients present in the food.
The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine requires that pet food be “pure and whole-some” and “safe to eat for animals,” but pet food does not need approval from the FDA before being placed on the shelves to purchase.
This allows the commercial pet food companies huge leeway when it comes to what may be put into their pet food. You’ve probably heard of several major pet food brands having to recall dog food laced with melamine, an industrial chemical that can cause kidney stones and kidney failure in animals.
By-products are commonly found in the list of ingredients on dog food bag, which could mean anything from ground up, euthanized animals, blood, and chicken beaks and feet. Also, the ingredient list might say it contains vegetables but most use this term to describe fillers‒such as corn or beet-pulp‒that are not healthy for your dog.
The FDA allows certain additives and preservatives to be used in pet food that are considered unsafe for human consumption. These additives and preservatives may cause serious health problems for your dog, such as cancer, kidney failure, and/or liver failure.
If you choose to give your dog commercial food, you should be careful about the brand you pick because few have been found to be nutritious dog food, and many of them can harm your dog. Do your research and make sure the brand you choose doesn’t sell food that can harm your dog.
Homemade Dog Food
Preparing your dog’s food at home gives you total control over his meals. Home cooked dog food doesn’t contain preservatives or additives, as it is made from fresh, healthy ingredients. In addition, you will have peace of mind, knowing your dog’s food was prepared in a clean environment. Be prepared for the extra work it will take if you choose to give your dog homemade food.
This means you’ll need to get organized in order to come up with a feeding plan in order to prepare his daily meals. Another responsibility with homemade dog food is the fact that you are tasked with formulating meals that are not only nutritionally balanced but that will provide your dog with the calorie requirements he requires. This shouldn’t, how- ever, pose a big challenge, once you have read the dog food recipes and tips in this website.
Boiled vegetables, boiled chicken or turkey, and cooked brown rice are some examples of the healthy ingredients you can use. The unused portion of these ingredients can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days before it goes bad. You can also freeze the meals in portions and keep them for months.