Since we don’t go out like we used to, we often cook for ourselves. And we might get bored from eating similar food day after day and get stressed about making different and exciting foods for dinner. But our furry friends often eat the same meal day in and day out! Can you imagine how boring that can be?
And since we’re home all the time and got all the time in our hands, why not treat them something homemade? Let’s first discuss the benefits of cooking for your dog and then go on with the dos and don’ts of cooking for your dog.
The Benefits of Making Homemade Dinner For Your Dog
- Just like your diet, your dog’s diet needs diversity.
- DIY dog food can save you money.
- If your dog has dietary restrictions, Cooking their food can give them a chance to eat something delicious and safe.
Are you looking for some tasty treats recipes for your furry friend? Check out our Pawfect Doggy Treats blog post to learn more about quick dog-friendly recipes!
Dos: What Should You Do When Cooking For Your Dog?
Be careful with the portion of the food you serve. Based on the general guidelines, you choose the food they need, based on your dog’s weight. Here are the offered portions:
|Dog weight||Food per day|
|12 pounds||1 cup|
|25 pounds||2 cups|
|50 pounds||4 cups|
|100 pounds||8 cups|
Also, to have the highest nutrition value, you can follow this formula:
- 50% cooked protein
- 25% fruit & vegetable
- 25% cooked complex carbs
Each bread of dogs have different nutritional restrictions to consider, and it is common knowledge that many purebreds are more likely to develop food allergies. If you are cooking for a dog with allergies, with kidney or liver disease or a dog with a sensitive stomach, make sure you do your research and consult with your veterinarian.
Don’ts: Common Mistakes When Cooking For Your Dog
Do not trust every source you encounter. Many of the recipes you find on the internet are not balanced and may be dangerous. Some of the recipes can lack some essential vitamins, minerals, or may not have enough nutritional value, and some of them may lead to an overabundance of some nutrients.
Avoid preparing unbalanced meals. The deficiency of some nutritions (and excess of some) can cause diseases or obesity. This problem can have severe consequences, so it is crucial to develop balanced meals.
Do not use unhealthy or unsafe ingredients. Some foods are usually considered dangerous for dogs, like chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins, avocado, and garlic. So, before cooking for your dog, make sure all the ingredients you are planning on using are safe for them.
Cooking for dogs at home can be a fun and rewarding experience if you be careful. Just get in the kitchen, cook some yummy and safe dinner for your dog, and enjoy!