Home cooking for your pet isn’t just the latest trend in spoiling your pet, it is a great way to save money and extend your pets’ lifespan. Feeding your pet dog food every day is like us eating cereal every day, it lacks what we need most, protein. According to vet Francisco DiPolo of TriBeca’s Worth Street Veterinary Center, “any ingredient you use out of your fridge is going to be better than what’s coming out of a bag or a can,” this includes protein, fat, complex carbohydrates and vegetables. The following do’s and don’ts can help your pet to make a smooth transition to a healthy homemade diet.
Do’s: If you are considering switching your pet to a homemade diet it is important to consult a vet or a pet nutritionalist. Ask for a list of foods that you should not feed your pet to avoid your pet getting sick. Alldredge’s canine nutrition consultations recommend implementing a protein, a power-food fruit or vegetable and a whole grain into your pets’ diet.
Don’ts: Avoid feeding your pet chocolate, onions, raisins, grapes and avocados. These foods can be harmful to pets in large amounts. Anything containing artificial sweeteners can be dangerous as well. Don’t assume that all breeds are the same; some breeds may be more sensitive to foods than others due to their genetic disposition.