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homemade dog food

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do you have any recommendations for ingrediants for home made dog food?  I started feeding our 13 YO Welsh Terrier what I'm told is 'human grade' freeze dried food; It's very expensive and I thought I could make his food for (hopefully) less cost.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Happy New Years.

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Apologies for the delayed reply.

Making your own dog food is valiant work. However, you cannot just wing it because the balance of amino acids and nutrients is critical to your dog's health; an imbalance of calcium and potassium can damage bones and lead to life-threatening disease.

There are several good resources for designing your own diet.  The University of California Davis' veterinary nutritionists provide free recipes and sell the pre-mix additives to make many different foods. The key here is following the recipe exactly and using the pre-mix. This will ensure a balanced and healthy diet.  If your dog has medical problems related to diet, please consult with your vet before embarking on a diet change. Davis also provides customized recipes for medical conditions that your vet can access.

Here is the website for BalanceIt. Please feel free to ask any additional questions.

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How to Prepare Homemade Food for Dogs

When preparing a diet at home for your dog, it is essential that you follow a recipe that is complete and balanced. Once you and your vet have chosen an appropriate recipe, it's time to get started.

  1. Before you begin, it's best if you have ready a food scale, food processor, pots and pans, and containers or bags for portioning the food.
  2. Purchase fresh, high-quality ingredients that are not canned, seasoned, or heavily processed.
  3. Set yourself up in a clean area of the kitchen that is free of foods that may be harmful to your dog.
  4. Measure out the ingredients. Use a food scale if possible for accuracy.
  5. Cook ingredients as directed on the recipe
  6. Mix food and supplements together well (ideally, use a food processor to blend ingredients).
  7. Place food in containers and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
  8. In general, refrigerated food will stay fresh for three to four days. Frozen dog food is best within about two months. Avoid feeding homemade dog food that has been in the freezer for more than six months.

Many owners choose to prepare food in bulk and refrigerate or freeze it in pre-portioned containers. This is a great idea to save time and money, but you might want to begin by making smaller quantities so you can see how your dog does on the diet.


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