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Homemade Pet Food: A Healthy Alternative to Store-Bought Food

Jun 24, 2008
Approximately one in every four pets suffers from obesity. Obesity in pets can result from lack of sufficient exercise or unhealthy foods in their daily diets. Many of the health problems pets have could easily be alleviated through proper diet. Most commercial pet food recipes offered on the market today are not good for your pet. They contain chemical preservatives, dangerous by-products, indigestible fillers, high levels of carbohydrates and high levels of unhealthy fats.

If you are willing to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to prevent common pet ailments, then why not spend a little extra on their food to keep them healthy? An unhealthy diet causes many health issues, from digestive disorders, food allergies and joint problems to diabetes, arthritis and heart disease.

Just about any unhealthy result you can think of that a human would suffer due to improper diet and exercise, your pet can suffer from as well. You have the power to change your lifestyle and become healthier. Your pets do not have that luxury. They depend on you to feed them and keep them healthy and content.

Cute, pudgy dogs may look happy and content, but their bodies aren't healthy or happy. Have your vet provide a thorough check-up. Discuss a complete nutrition plan for your dog that includes proper food and exercise. Once its been given a clean bill of health, start following the new regimen by feeding it homemade dog food. Help your pet to become your cute and fit companion.

Cats require twice as much protein as their canine counterparts. Their bodies fuel cells with energy from protein instead of carbohydrates. High-carbohydrate cat foods can cause a lot of digestive problems for your cat. They also can turn your healthy and active cat into an obese and lazy one. While we all love a chubby, sleepy kitty, this isn't healthy for them.

Overweight cats are much more susceptible to feline diabetes and many other health problems. The best regimen for your cat includes nutritious and healthy meat-based recipes. You can find these types of recipes or create them yourself and provide your cat with homemade food that will keep them fit and healthy for life.

Providing your pets with healthy and homemade pet food designed to maintain ideal weight and health is the best gift you can give them. You bring your pets home to provide you with companionship and to give them a good home to live in. Why would you turn around and feed them unhealthy and dangerous foods that could make them sick?

A nutritious diet provides your pet with a balanced and healthy food supply that will keep them fit for life. Taking a holistic approach to caring for your pets with homemade pet food will keep them healthy, happy and living a long life. There are many dog food recipes and cat food recipes available for daily meals, treats and dietary supplements.

Take the time to talk to your vet and find out what types ingredients and supplements are best. To learn more about natural pet food recipes for meals, supplements and treats, contact a qualified and reputable source. Give your beloved pets the quality of life they deserve and keep them with you for a long and healthy lifetime.
About the Author
Donna Spector, DVM, DACVIM, is a board-certified veterinary internist who has practiced at the Animal Medical Center in New York and the Univ. of California, Davis. She completed degrees in Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State Univ. Dr. Spector writes for Halo Pets, a maker of natural pet products.
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