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Food For Fido: How To Feed Your Dog A Healthy Diet

Jun 13, 2008
The recent recall of tainted pet food has caused concerned pet owners to look for heathly alternatives to mass-produced commercial dog food. Fortunately, there are excellent choices available that are not only safe but tasty and healthy for your best friend as well.

Some pet owners have chosen is to prepare homemade dog food. In doing so, they know exactly what their dog is eating. If you choose to cook for your dog, to ensure his or her health, you must understand your dog's basic nutritional requirements and which ingredients to avoid.

It's important to provide balance in your dog's diet, and the general formula for homemade dog food is 40 percent meat, 30 percent vegetables and 30 percent starch. Cook all meat thoroughly, allow it to cool, and grind or cut it in a manner that's appropriate for your dog's size. Bones should be carefully removed and discarded.

Cooked brown rice and pasta are popular choices for starch in a dog's diet. You can rotate the two for variety. When choosing a vegetable, carrots are popular. But try other vegetables and see which ones your dog prefers. Any vegetable you feed your dog should be thoroughly cooked. Also, scrambled eggs can be a nutritious addition to the meal you're preparing, and one many dogs will enjoy.

Be sure to take note of the food ingredients that are dangerous for dogs. Do not feed your pet any of the following foods: onion, chocolate, grapes and raisins, avocados, mushrooms, and macadamia nuts. You may want to write this list down and keep it attached to the refrigerator as a reminder. When cooking for your dog, make only enough food for three days. That's the maximum amount of time you can safely refrigerate the meal.

Now don't worry if you don't have enough time to cook for your dog. There are plenty of holistic dog food brands on the market that cater to pet owners concerned with the quality of food they are feeding their best friend. A growing number of health food stores, boutique pet stores, and online shops now sell holistic dog food. The wide variety of brands available make it possible to find a dog food that even the pickiest eater might enjoy.

What should you look for in a holistic dog food? Well, you want to purchase a good quality holistic food that has human-grade, all natural ingredients. Many include Omega 3 and 6 supplements for a full and healthy coat. Holistic dog foods shouldn't use preservatives, fillers, meat by-products, hormones, antibiotics, or artificial flavors. They should also avoid corn, wheat, or soy filler, which are foods that can be hard on your dog's digestion.

Now that you know the basics of what to look for in a holistic dog food and how to cook for your dog at home, you can chose which is right for you. In doing so, you will be able to rest easy knowing that you're feeding a healthy, natural, and tasty diet to your best friend.
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