Feeding and Nutrition, Nutrient Requirements of Dogs, Homemade diets, Home-prepared meals.

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Homemade Diets

Over the past decade, many people have begun to prepare their dogs' food themselves rather than rely on commercial products. They may do this because the dog has a health problem that requires a special diet or because they believe that home-prepared meals contain higher-quality ingredients. Homemade food can be raw or cooked. Raw diets are popular because they're thought to be more natural, thus better at meeting a dog's nutritional needs. Itís also important to handle raw meat carefully to prevent bacterial contamination. Wash your hands and mixing bowls and utensils thoroughly after handling raw meat.

The downside to a homemade diet is that you need to be very careful to ensure that you are providing your puppy with all the required nutrients. It also takes a lot of time, effort, and energy to cook a proper diet for your dog on a daily basis.

Those that are in favor of a homemade diet believe that commercial dog foods contain contaminated and unhealthy ingredients and feel that it is worth the effort to give their puppy a home-cooked meal. If you have the time and the money and believe that it is important to feed your dog a homemade diet, consult your veterinarian, who can give you nutritionally balanced recipe. Although millions of dogs exist and stay healthy on commercially prepared dog food, the choice is yours.