Homemade Pet Food
How to Create Natural Pet Foods at Home from Scratch
Whether you’re concerned about the health implications of conventional dog foods, are looking for a way to adopt a vegetarian diet, or want to find greener ways to feed your pet, making your own homemade pet food may just be the answer. There are many benefits to a homemade pet diet, including:
- Fresher, healthier ingredients
- Greater ingredient control
- Improved digestibility
- Lower costs
Types of homemade pet food
Just as in the world of human cuisine, there are several ways you can approach homemade pet foods and natural pet food recipes. The two main philosophies are as follows:
- Raw pet foods: This type of homemade pet food is created using raw meaty bones, organ meats, muscle meat, and eggs, as well as some of the other more basic ingredients. The ingredients are blended together and fed to your pet without being cooked. Though we’re often concerned about feeding raw foods to our pets because of the risk of parasites and bacteria, when properly prepared and stored this can be a healthy, safe way to provide your pet with the right nutrients.
- Cooked pet foods: Using many of the same ingredients as in the raw pet food diet above, cooked pet foods are different in that the meats and dairy products are cooked before being served to your pet. There are even recipes for making dry pet foods and treats just like those you would buy at the local pet food or grocery store. Learn how to make your own natural dog treats today.
Whether you choose raw or cooked homemade pet foods, there are other basic ingredients you’ll include in your natural pet food recipes, such as vegetables, fruits, juices, grains, fats, and carbohydrates. You may also add a vitamin and mineral supplement to the food to boost quantities of essential nutrients.
Tips for creating optimally balanced homemade pet food
If you’re new to the world of homemade pet foods and natural pet food recipes, let us help you get oriented by giving you a few of the top tips to keep in mind:
- Emphasize variety by mixing and matching various proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and other ingredients. Not only will your pet enjoy the change in menu, it will ensure balanced nutrition.
- Having balance in each meal is good, but more important is to have balance throughout the day. Not every meal has to have every mineral and amino acid - as long as you’ve got each throughout the day, you should be covered.
- Be creative! Rather than relying on set recipes, work with your vet to find the best nutritional balance for your unique animal companion(s).
- You don’t have to go cold turkey! It’s okay to continue to feed your pet some commercially prepared foods as you make the transition and try out your skills as an animal chef. Take your time as you and your animal friend adapt together.