Friday, June 19, 2009

Homemade Foods For Our Dogs: Pros And Cons

The majority of pets around the world used to be fed with commercial dry or canned petfood, and the owners of such pets believe that this is the only right way to feed their cats or dogs. At the same time, many owners prepare natural homemade meals for their pets. Why they do so? Some pets have special nutrition needs and simply can not eat commercial foods. In other cases, owners have a tend to cook own meals and be sure that their pets are supplied with high quality foods.

There are 3 most common types of dog diets. The first one is providing your dog with balanced homemade special foods rich with proteins and fats. The second one is a combination of high quality homemade foods with high quality commercial dry and canned foods. And, finally, the third type of diet is feeding the dog with the meals that is cooked for the whole family. If you want to make your dog eat only homemade foods, it is necessary to keep in mind some very important issues.

First off, remember that cooking for your dog takes time and efforts, as well as takes certain additional expenses. Second off, you need to remember that dog's diet should be balanced and rich with certain nutrients and minerals. Sometimes it makes sense to add special supplements of additives to your homemade dog food. If the diet of your dog is not balanced, it may harm your animals.

Besides, you should keep in mind that homemade foods are usually soft and can not provide your dog with enough of chewing that is essential for normal development of the teeth and cums. IN addition, when your dog gets used to homemade meals, it will be very hard for you to make him start eating dry food again. Therefore, combining soft balanced homemade meals with high quality canned or dry commercial foods can be the best solution. This way your cannie will always receive all necessary amounts of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, and be a healthy and happy dog!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Best and Safest Ingredients For Homemade Pet Food

If you have a dog, you should use such ingredients as meat, grains, dairy products or vegetables for cooking special homemade foods. Dogs have greater predisposition to certain health problems, such as obesity, arthritis, canine diabetes, etc., therefore it is necessary to control the ingredients for your homemade meals and be very strict about calorie check. Cats need more proteins than dogs, because generally cats need more energy than dogs. That is why you should use such ingredients as high-quality meat, fish, dairy products and eggs, some vegetables for homemade food for cats. Also, it is possible to prepare healthy and balanced homemade meals for birds, hamsters and other popular pets.

Remember that there are certain ingredients you need to avoid using for homemade pet food. Those include, first of all, sweet foods like chocolate or candies with artificial sweeteners, various spices, mushrooms, salty nuts and walnuts, as well as garlic and onions. Besides, you should always keep in mind that it is necessary to be always sure in the quality of all the vegetables and fruit you are about to use for your homemade pet food, or vegetables and fruit you are going to give to you pet. Using natural foods, which contain a lot of dangerous chemicals and compounds used to boost growth of such fruit or vegetables, can be extremely harmful and sometimes even lethal for your pet.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Homemade Pet Food: Be Cautious

A lot of true animal lovers prefer and take a lot of pleasure from cooking special meals for their pets. Some pet owners do that because they do not trust commercially prepared pet foods, some want to avoid possible medical conditions and health consequences, such as various allergies, digestive disorders, weight gain, etc., and some just want to make their pets happy. That is why they gladly spend their time and efforts for cooking quite complicated meals for their pets (like Lasagna or Meat Cakes), and as a reward they receive great love and joy of their little friends.

Nowadays, there is an abundance of the recipes for homemade pet food, as well as various dietary and nutritional recommendations for pet owners, who want to cook for their animals. Moreover, cooking meals for pets is advised by many modern specialists, because homemade pet food is an opportunity for many pet owners to provide their pets with something more balanced, healthy and useful than commercial pet foods, which are always filled with harmful chemicals, additives, indigestible fillers, preservatives and other elements, which should not be included to a pet's diet.

Undoubtedly, a pet diet formulation is a prerogative of only experienced veterinaries or pet nutritional consultants, and it can be extremely dangerous and harmful to use any of randomly selected recipes for your homemade pet food. Now, there are thousands of pages in Internet written by pet owners who cook homemade meals for their animals and want to share the recipes with everyone. But how do you know that this particular type of homemade food will be good for your little friend?

That is why not easy-accessible internet databases of pet food recipes, but only a consultation with an experienced veterinary or pet nutritionist should direct you along your way to finding the best and the most effective food for your pet. A good advise can be done after a full medical checkup and learning more about the history and personal specifics of your animal