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Many health benefits come with preparing your dog's food at home. Unlike processed kibble dog food, a homemade diet lets you know exactly what your dogs are eating, giving you peace of mind and reassurance that they're getting what they need to maintain optimal health. Here you can discover our guide to DIY dog food, including tips for choosing the best meats and veggies, to ensure your pets fulfill all their nutritional needs.
Balancing the diet is the most important factor. If the meal plan is not balanced, it can ultimately lead to many deficiencies. If there is an imbalance of vitamins or minerals (especially calcium) in the diet, dogs can run into health problems quite quickly. Especially in puppies, it can happen in just a few months. This is the main reason that vets are opposed to homemade meals, they are the ones who witness all the deficiencies firsthand.
Know Better for Dogs provides everything your dog needs. We only work with high-quality ingredients and include essential nutrients and protein for health and longevity. Our whole food premix provides your dog with all the essential vitamins and minerals needed. We make it easy and convenient for dog owners to balance a raw or cooked meat diet at home to improve their dogs' health. Our premix is ideal for all life stages, and we only use 100% human-grade ingredients. Know Better for Dogs contains no grains of any kind. Just add raw or cooked meat and water. Vegetables are optional.
Making dog food at home is easier than ever – just have fun and enjoy the results! Play around with different meat & vegetable combinations.
Raw or cooked meat is the main ingredient in homemade dog food. Dogs are essentially obligate carnivores and need a protein-based diet. Meat should be fresh and fit for human consumption. The ideal fat content should be between 8 and 15%. Here is a list of meats to choose from:
You can also use exotic meats such as buffalo, caribou, elk, moose, duck or rabbit. Because feeding raw fish can lead to a thiamine deficiency*, we don't recommend the use of fish on a regular basis.
*According to Houpt, Hintz & Shepherd in 1978. Ref. The Domestic Dog, Cambridge University Press, 1995)
Vegetables can make up about 1/4 of the meal and provide vitamins, minerals and fiber. Dogs get more nutrients from vegetables if they are lightly steamed, chopped or pureed. The best vegetables for homemade dog food are:
Here are some common human foods you should avoid when preparing your dog's food: raw beans, peas, spinach, beet greens, kale (every day), chard, onions, garlic, leek, green tomato, potato, and bell peppers.
Carbohydrates are often the main cause of many canine health issues, including gastrointestinal problems, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, diabetes and food allergies. They are added to commercial dog food because it cuts down on the production cost.
Making Holistic vet-approved dog food at home is easier than you think. You can also make larger batches and freeze them for convenience. You can add more water if desired, especially when preparing the food using ground meat. You can see below two recipes, one with cooked meat and one with raw meat:
The dog food will stay fresh for 24 hours after you thaw and refrigerate it. You can also freeze the finished product for storage and thaw it as needed. To thaw frozen dog food, warm it to room temperature in a tepid water before serving.
Wait for your dog to eat and then remove what's left within 30 minutes to be refrigerated. Avoid microwaving regularly.
If you're wondering about the amount of food to feed your dog, follow the recommendations below. Serving sizes are based on the weight of your dog:
Egg yolk, calcium lactate, beef (or chicken) liver powder, gelatin, rice bran, whey protein concentrate, beetroot, psyllium husks, EFA from fish, barley grass powder, kelp, taurine, rose hip, parsley, Vitamin B complex.
You can use any of our Premixes with different types of meat. All of our ingredients, without exception, are of human-grade quality. Our raw materials are 100% natural, and we don't use any preservatives, colors, or other artificial additives.
Know Better for Dogs contains all the essential vitamins and minerals. Adding optional vegetables to a dog's diet is a source of carbohydrates, particularly for larger or highly active dogs. According to veterinary sources, dogs do not need carbs unless a female is lactating.
Know Better for Dogs is available in 4 sizes:
Rice Bran is an insoluble fiber for dogs' intestinal health. It's not a grain, but the coating of the grain, and it has little carbohydrate content. Sweeps the large intestine much like the fur or feathers of a prey animal.
Discover below answers to some frequently asked questions dog owners have about making dog food at home:
Good homemade food for healthy dogs includes all the vitamins, calcium, proteins and minerals your pet needs to stay healthy. You can add ground beef, chicken, lamb or venison, as well as vegetables, such as zucchini, carrots, parsnips, beets, yams, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes.
Yes, feeding your dog homemade pet food is OK, as long as you ensure the diet includes all the nutrients your dog requires to stay healthy. Check with your Holistic Veterinarian before introducing new food to your dog's diet.
Dogs are obligate carnivores, so their diet should mainly consist of meats and protein. A good recommendation is 80% meat, 10% vegetable, and 10% Know Better Pet Food Premix.
The amount of food you feed your dog will depend on your dog's size and activity level. Here's our recommendation for daily servings if you're following our home cooked or homemade dog food recipes:
Your pet requires a grain-free diet, with high nutritional value. Dog owners can add proteins from animal sources (beef, chicken, or lamb, for example) and fats (from meat). They also require vital omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and magnesium (from certain plant oils, egg yolks, oatmeal, and other foods). You may also want to include some homemade dog treats such as sardines, eggs, fruits or veggies.
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