Homemade Dog Food

Julie,

 

I am considering feeding my puppy and 1 ½ year old Black Lab a homemade dog food consisting of ground beef, brown rice and veggies.  Do you know anything about this?  Is it good for the dogs?  Right now we still have the puppy on puppy milk with her dry food so I want to make sure she eats enough but she doesn’t seem to like her puppy food and will go outside and try to eat Shadow’s food.

 

In your professional opinion is this a good idea?

 

Sincerely,

 

Michele

 

Hi Michele,

 

Dogs have a lot of nutritional needs and homemade dog food can be a good option if you rotate different foods to give them some nutritional variety as well as add needed supplements. Supplements made for dogs, such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, etc help complete the nutritional balance. Your Veterinarian can suggest what supplements as well as what ratio of protein, grain and vegetable to use.  Plus, you need to consider that dietary changes need to be done slowly to prevent digestive upset.  And, of course some of the main foods dogs need to avoid that can lead to toxicity are: chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts and mushrooms. Most of all it is important to talk with your Vet about the details of your dog’s food for your particular dogs health. 

 

I’d love to hear what your Vet has to say and what you decide to start feeding your dogs!

 

Keep in touch!

 

Julie