National Cook for Your Pets Day: Healthy Homemade Pet Food

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National Cook for Your Pets Day November 1, 2016

For National Cook for Your Pets Day, I thought it would be a good time to talk about people food vs. pet food. Is there a difference?
REAL FOOD BABY!

 

I know, I missed it.  Dexter The Dog and I headed for Vermont the last week in October and I just was not able to get this post finished before our departure. I hope you can forgive me and enjoy a belated National Cook for Your Pets Day. 🙂

Finally, a national holiday I can really celebrate! For National Cook for Your Pets Day, I thought it would be a good time to talk about people food vs. pet food. Is there a difference? Well, there actually is, but it may not be what you think. Pet food is considered animal feed and not fit for human consumption. And you may think a named meat such as “chicken” means that meat was handled properly and your dog is getting a high-quality cut of meat, but that may not be the case. Most pet food manufacturers use leftovers from the human food industry, such as out-of-date meat and remainder parts such as beaks, feathers, and fat. Even meat from animals referred to as 4D – dead, dying, diseased and disabled – is fair game. And please don’t even consider food that says “meat” or “animal,” because this can include road kill, euthanized cats and dogs, and zoo animals. Now, that does not mean ALL pet food manufacturers are using awful waste materials like these, but most are, so do your research if you are feeding your beloved pet processed pet food.

So just how does a dedicated pet parent provide the best food for your cats or dogs? My first suggestion is to make your own home-cooked pet food or home-prepared raw diet. My second is to find one of the very few pet food companies that use human-grade ingredients that contain mostly meat (75% or more) and ideally organic ingredients, or at least free of antibiotics and hormones. Researching how to safely cook for your pet or how to find the best food company does take time, effort, and energy, but aren’t your pets worth it? I think so.

Need a little inspiration?  Check out the Pet Nutrition page for dog and cat recipes.


Do you feed your pets a fresh diet? Tell me in the comments.

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For National Cook for Your Pets Day, I thought it would be a good time to talk about people food vs. pet food. Is there a difference?

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