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The balancing act: preparing your own pet food

Home cooking meals for your pets is not all it’s cracked up to be. There are often many unbalanced, dangerous recipes floating around the internet that owners who don’t know any better decide to try out and the proponents of these diets continue to reinforce the misconception that making your own pet food is simple and safe, despite the fact that they are unable to back up their claims with any real scientific evidence. Home-cooking for pets continues to grow in popularity, which means we are beginning to see the detrimental effects of poorly prepared diets are having on our patients. If you insist on feeding a homemade diet, what should you keep in mind to ensure your pet is getting the best nutrition? It can be done, but there’s a few golden rules you must follow!

When to avoid a home cooked diet:

Cooking for your pet is very different to cooking for yourself

Common health complications to watch for:

Home cooking for your pet is possible – as long as you follow the golden rules

If your pet encounters one of the above complications, reassess if home-cooking is right for your pet, and seek the opinion of your vet. If you really do still want to try home cooking, it is very important that you undertake thorough research on the risks and benefits, what is involved, how much time and money it will cost and what to watch out for. To avoid complications, it is always recommended you seek the advice of a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist or if you insist on feeding a homemade diet, to ensure your recipe is complete and balanced.

My top tips on successful home-cooking:

Cats are very sensitive to nutritional imbalances – always take care when home preparing meals

Home cooking is not impossible, however it is very important to follow these few rules to make sure your pets are getting all the necessary nutrients from their diet. Do you home cook for your pets? What recipes do you follow?

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