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Dog Food Analysis - Reviews Of Kibble

Jul 9, 2008
Growing concern of the safety of food has led many savvy dog owners to begin to make their own dog food also known as holistic dog food which is actually quite simple to make. It actually can save the owner money and give your dog a more nutritious balanced diet.

The breakdown of a healthy dog diet includes 70% carbohydrates, 25% meat, and 5% vegetables and other additions. Dogs being omnivores need a combination of meat and vegetables and some additions that can be added to their food include bonemeal, garlic, and certain flours

The carbohydrate component in holistic dog food can consist of whole wheat flour, cornmeal, oats, soy flour and barley and sometimes white and brown rice can be used as well. This carbohydrate component should be the base of the diet.

The meat in the diet is the next important part of the holistic dog food. By choosing quality proteins such as lean chicken, fish, beef, or egg whites you ensure the dog has a healthy diet. Grinding the meat can also make the production of the dog food easier.

There are many nutrients that a dog also needs and can be added in the form of vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, celery, corn, and spinach. If the dog owner wants to use organic produce, those options must first be checked for availability. Grinding the vegetables helps with digestion and by adding small amounts of garlic you also can keep the fleas away. To aid in the addition of calcium, bonemeal and dehydrated milk can be added.

By combining the components with a little bit of water and cooking until the protein is done throughout, your dog food can be made at home. An easy to make recipe takes one cup cornmeal, one fourth of a cup of ground chicken, a tablespoon of ground carrots, and a little sprinkle of bonemeal combined and cooked in a saucepan with a half a cup of water. Most dog food recipes can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

When making your own dog food, certain foods must be avoided. Chocolate and other products containing caffeine have been known to cause seizures in some dogs. Other foods, like grapes, raisins, avocados, and onions, can also cause various health problems and should not be included in a dog's diet. Many dogs are sensitive to spices, so these should be avoided as well.

The best way to watch and monitor your dog's diet is to make your own food. Ensuring a balanced nutritious diet can impact a dog's lifespan, weight, and energy level. A veterinarian should be consulted when making your own dog food. Not only will this make your dog healthier for years ahead but also will be less of a burden financially.
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