The phrase “you are what you eat” applies to your pets as well. Many pet parents have questions about health diets and choices about food for their pets. Here are some tips for healthy eating for your pets.
I prefer to cook food for my dog rather than giving him store-bought dog food. Is this safe?
Many owners prefer to provide their pets with home-cooked diets rather than using commercial products. While home-cooked diets may provide a healthful substitute for commercial diets, it is important to ensure the food provided is complete and balanced so no nutritional deficiencies arise over time.
- Many recipes available online, in books, and in magazines do not provide a complete and balanced diet. Have the recipes you plan to use evaluated by a veterinary nutritionist to ensure nutritional adequacy.
- Avoid ingredients that may be toxic for dogs and cats, such as onion, garlic, grapes, raisins, chocolate, and macadamia nuts.
Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog needs a checkup, shots, vaccines, give us a call at 503.666.1600 or visit our website at: www.greshamanimalhospital.com/