If you prefer to know exactly what your dog is eating versus buying commercial pet food, here are some valuable tips to know:
Before you take any steps, consult a veterinarian to make sure that you are feeding your dog a nutritious, well-balanced diet according to its size, age, activity level, health history and general health status
Ingredients to Avoid (listed alphabetically):
- Artificial sweeteners
- Chocolate, especially cocoa-based
- Dairy products
- Macadamia nuts
- Sunflower Oils
- Yeast, or any dough containing it
It’s important that you are aware of every ingredient that you may be feeding your pet and that it shares benefits with the commercial pet brand foods.
Although it’s much more convenient to just buy pet foods at the store, it can be cheaper to make your own, especially if you and your pet share similar tastes!
Ziploc bags are very useful if you want great storage that isn’t costly! I generally pack my dog’s food in these because I only need 1-2 bags (they hold 10 gallons!) and they have a convenient handle for transport and they’re cheap! Make sure after you put your food into the bag you squeeze as much air out as possible. This will help preserve the food for a longer time and will make a difference with quality. You can find them here at Amazon.
Beagle puppies are most likely to enjoy a home cooked meal!
- O’Meara, Ryan. 2010. Amazing Dog Facts and Trivia: A Canine Compendium of Tail
- Wagging Trivia. New York City, Chatwell Books, Inc.