Dear Preston,

I want to make my dog homemade dog food. Do you have a favorite recipe?

Thanks!

Brandy

Let’s give Brandy a round of ap-paws!

There are many benefits to cooking homemade dog food.  It is the ideal way to ensure your best friend’s food is made of raw or gently cooked lean protein, fresh fruits & vegetables, as well as any vitamins or supplements that may benefit your dog.  With all of the recent pet food recalls, any pet parent should be weary about feeding commercial dog food.  I myself had a bad case of salmonella years ago, and my mom has been dedicated to helping educate other pet parents, and empower them to learn exactly what they’re feeding their dog.

With so many dog food options on the shelves these days, it can be overwhelming for pet parents to decide on a brand of dog food.  One website I really love for better understanding the pet food industry, is Truth About Pet Food, by Susan Thixton.  The Whole Dog Journal publishes a yearly review of dry dog food that is worth subscribing to.  And if you are really passionate about pet nutrition, there is a revealing book called “Food Pets Die For” by Ann Martin that may change, and save, your dog’s life.

As I am a pomeranian, and not a veterinarian ;)   I highly recommend you consult with a holistic veterinarian who specializes in pet nutrition to help you create a balanced recipe that is specific to your dog’s needs.  My LA vet, and friend, Dr. Patrick Mahaney, suggests anyone interested in feeding their dog come cooked meals connect with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s nutrition support services program.  They work with veterinarians to determine appropriate at-home food prep, or commercial diets, to suit a pet’s illness or wellness.

While I am reluctant to recommend a specific recipe for your best friend, here are some ingredients my mom uses when preparing meals and snacks for me at home.  Of course, we always buy local, fresh, organic and free-range options whenever possible!

  • lean proteins including chicken, turkey, salmon, beef or lamb
  • cottage cheese
  • plain yogurt
  • sweet potatoes
  • pumpkin
  • quinoa
  • vegetables like green beans, spinach, carrots, squash, kelp, peas
  • fruits like blueberries, apples, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe

I’m curious, Petsami friends… how many of you are feeding customized, homemade meals for your dog?

And how many of you are feeding raw, dehydrated, freeze-dried, or other alternative diets?

There is no question, your dog’s diet can tremendously impact your dog’s health and well-being!

Eat well today, to live better tomorrow.

Lots of licks,

Preston