Should I feed my dog homemade dog food?
Some people believe that making homemade dog food is better than feeding your dog commercial dog food. You may have even seen some recipes online that teach you how to make dog food. But is it really the best option for your dog? Here are two of the biggest problems with homemade dog food.
Most homemade dog food recipes don’t provide your dog with all the nutrients he needs.
In 2013, researchers at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine examined and evaluated 200 popular homemade dog food recipes. They found that only a small number of these recipes were nutritionally complete and balanced. In fact, 95 percent of the homemade dog foods were missing necessary levels of at least one essential nutrient. Even some of the homemade dog food recipes designed by veterinarians were found to have nutritional deficiencies.1
That’s why it’s important to make sure that no matter what you decide to feed your dog, it’s formulated by a veterinary nutritionist. Otherwise, your dog may not be getting all of the essential nutrients he needs to thrive, and deficiencies could lead to serious health problems. Click here to learn more about Purina’s nutritionists and what they’re doing to make sure all our products are nutritionally complete and balanced.
Unlike homemade dog food, commercial dog food follows strict standards and safety guidelines.
Commercially sold dog foods who label to be complete and balanced have to follow guidelines and standards established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. That way you know that what you’re feeding your dog is safe. When it comes to homemade dog food, there is no regulation, and homemade dog food recipes made with raw meat can expose you and your dog to dangerous bacteria like salmonella or listeria.
Want to learn more about Purina’s commitment to safety? Click here to read about what we’re doing to meet or exceed FDA, USDA, and AAFCO standards.
1. UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine: “Homemade dog food recipes can be risky business, study finds"