Homemade dog food - benefits
As witnessed by the internet, there are literally tens of thousands of documented cases of dogs whose medical conditions have improved by changing to a more natural, home cooked diet. Everything from skin complaints to digestive problems, from seizures to arthritis and from allergies to ear infections.
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By-Products vs Table Scraps
The commercial pet food industry will tell you not to feed your dog people food. But that’s exactly what they’re selling you when you buy their mass-produced dog food. Only they’re not selling you the good bits. They’re selling you the waste. They’re selling you what’s left over from the food they produce for you and I.
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Canine safe ingredients
Every single ingredient we use when home cooking for our dogs and which features in our recipes, in addition to having been passed fit for human consumption (which means you can eat it as well), is also proven to be completely safe and beneficial to the health of our dogs and yours.
Cooking fruit and vegetables
Fruit and vegetables are covered in a protective cellulose shield, some more so than others. During the process of digestion, we as humans break down that cellulose in order to access the valuable nutrients inside. Dogs cannot.
Many dogs enjoy eating a carrot, for example, but one look at their stool will show that most of the carrot comes out the way it went in, complete with its cellulose shield and nutrients locked inside.
By lightly cooking the fruit and vegetables we feed our dogs, they are able to absorb the nutrients locked inside to maximum effect.
Feed grade ingredients
Every single one of the ingredients we use when cooking for our own dogs has been passed fit for human consumption. That also applies to the recipes we suggest. Every ingredient we use and suggest has been handled, stored, processed and transported in a manner befitting good human food regulations and practices. As a result, every single meal that we produce for our own dogs and every single recipe on our website, is fit for both dogs and humans to eat. We know that for a fact. We try it ourselves!
Grain free recipes
We provide grain free options for most of our recipes. Naturally that includes gluten free options as well!
Human grade ingredients
Every ingredient we use in our recipes is of human grade quality. More than that, every ingredients is also fit for human consumption.
Before anything we make is tasted by our dogs Ava and Marco, we insist that our products are tested by those who cook them. Us. For this reason we only use meat and other ingredients from human-grade facilities that have been passed fit for human consumption.
Granted, not everyone likes the thought of eating the likes of Ox Heart, for example, although from a dog’s point of view, heart is muscle meat and very highly nutritious. It is also considered a delicacy in many parts of the world. Importantly though, if you did want to sample your dog’s meals which contain Ox Heart, you most certainly could.
Anyone thinking of trying this should be warned though. Ox Heart is considered a luxury in many countries. You might get to enjoy it!
We pride ourselves on using only completely natural ingredients in the food we make for our dogs. Every ingredient that goes into their food has been provided by nature, not synthetically produced by scientists in the laboratory. And what is more, we make our own food with exactly the same ingredients!
Liver is one of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. It is one of the richest sources of vitamin A of any food, as well as having an abundance of all the B vitamins together with iron, copper, zinc, phosphorus and potassium. It also contains essential fatty acids EPA and DHA.
All that having been said, it truly is possible to have too much of a good thing. For that reason, and because liver is so rich in nutrients, we recommend adding just 5% of this meaty nectar to your recipes.
The decision whether to feed raw or lightly kooked as we prefer is largely a matter of personal preference.
There is nothing wrong with raw feeding. Nothing whatsoever. It is simply not to everyone’s taste, and it does require considerably more in the way of food hygiene awareness as the potential for the spread of harmful bacteria is greatly increased by feeding a dog a raw diet.
In a study conducted in the USA, E coli was found in more than 50% of tested raw food products, and the consequences of the spread of infection can be catastrophic.
People should also be aware that there is actually no scientific evidence to back up the health benefits claimed by raw feeding proponents. None whatsoever. There is however considerable evidence to support the fact that many nutrients are only available to dogs once the ingredients have been cooked.
Yes, the forebears of today’s domestic dog did eat raw food, but that was more than 15,000 years ago. Since that time, and prior to the relatively recent advent of commercial dog food, most dogs would have eaten the scraps from the human table – largely left-over cooked meat and vegetables. Not dissimilar to our recipes, except we formulate our recipes so that your dog doesn’t have to rely on potentially nutritionally incomplete table scraps for sustenance.
Bottom line, raw food or lightly cooked food is a matter of preference. But either is infinitely better than commercially produced dry dog biscuit, no matter what the marketeers might tell you!
Rendered meat is the waste from human food production. That’s what goes into traditional dog food.
When we cook for our dogs, we only use meat that has been passed fit for human consumption. High quality meat from the same suppliers who supply the meat that we ourselves eat every day of our lives. We love our dogs and don’t believe they deserve anything less!
We recommended you either refrigerate you home cooked meals for a maximum of 3 days, or place them in the freezer until they are required.
If refrigerated, simply open and serve shortly before required. Leaving them to rest at room temperature for a short while will make them gentler on your dog’s tummy and bring out the full flavour and aroma of each meal.
If frozen, remove from your freezer the night before and allow to defrost in the fridge over night before following the instructions above.
If you happen to forget, remove the meal from your freezer as and when required, immerse in cold water or leave under running cold water until defrosted and then serve. As before, your dog’s meals are best served at room temperature.
Always ensure a ready supply of clean, fresh, drinking water.
Try it yourself
We try everything we make for our dogs. As individuals, we have always been very particular about the food we eat. We firmly believe that the food we eat is effectively an investment for our future health. The better we eat today and tomorrow, the healthier we are likely to be in the future.
We apply that same philosophy to the food we make for our dogs. Those of us who home cook for our dogs are investing in the future health of our dogs. The better we feed them, the healthier they are likely to be and the longer they are likely to be part of our lives.
That’s why the meat we use in our dogs’ meals is supplied by the same local suppliers who also supply our own meat. And the same goes for the fish, fruit and vegetables, fish and wholefoods we use. Our entire family eats exactly the same food!
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