At Anasazi Animal Clinic, we stress good nutrition for your pets. After all, the health of humans is tremendously affected by diet, and animals are no different. Just like their owners, dogs need the right, quality ingredients in their food in order to stay healthy and active. Offering your dog a homemade, whole food diet can work well for your pet, especially if it is dealing with a particular allergy or GI (gastrointestinal) issue. But to be done well, feeding your dog with recipes you create will require extra attention, time, and potentially, added expense.
Choosing a Quality Recipe
You want your dog to receive the balance of nutrients it needs to function at its best. Knowing which food ingredients to choose to achieve this balance will require some research. This basic nutrient profile consists of:
Be aware when choosing a recipe that it is vet-approved and takes into consideration the energy level, age, and breed of your pup. For a more in-depth understanding of your dog’s nutritional needs read this science-based guide made available by the National Research Council, and based on a report by the Committee on Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats. The guide is a thorough explanation of the various ingredients that are included in quality food for your dog.
Homemade Or Commercial Dog Food?
If in the end, if you decide a homemade diet for your dog won’t work, don’t worry—most commercial dog foods have been developed with your dog’s health in mind. The American College of Veterinary Nutrition affirms that commercial foods are safe and healthy options for your pooch.
If you decide to make a change in your dog’s diet, it is a good idea to first consult a veterinarian. After beginning a new diet, pay attention to signs that indicate whether it’s working for your dog. Is your pet gaining or losing weight? Is its coat shiny? Are its energy levels age-appropriate? If you have questions, our professional, caring veterinarians at Anasazi Animal Clinic will be happy to answer any inquiries you may have about your dog’s diet, health, and wellness.