Our Guiding Principles
Homemade pet food
At We Cook for Dogs! we practice the philosophy of human nutrition expert and critically acclaimed author Marion Nestle, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Malden C. Nesheim, Ph.D, animal nutrition expert at America’s acclaimed Cornell University and former President of the American Institute of Nutrition.
Referring to home cooked food for pets in their best selling book, “Feed Your Pet Right – The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat“, the authors say:
“We don’t get it. We don’t understand what the big deal is about cooking for pets. Pet owners are constantly warned against cooking and preparing foods for dogs and cats: too difficult, too complicated, and too confusing.”
“Although both of us are Ph.D.-trained nutritionists, we hardly believe you need a Ph.D. to cook for yourself or your pet. We view cooking for pets as no more complicated or difficult than cooking for yourself and your family . . . ”
The authors then go on to say that we as humans not only survive, but flourish, not by counting nutrients, but by using common sense and, without even having to think about it, by applying three fundamental principles of nutrition. Namely, Balance, Variety and Moderation.
“As those of us who are Ph.D. nutritionists can tell you, it is extremely difficult to induce a nutritional deficiency in animals – or people – who follow those principles.”
Our own research
Following several years of exhaustive research into the matter of dog nutrition, we agree wholeheartedly with Professors Nestle and Nesheim. We support their view and have followed their guiding principles in the development of our practices, our recipes and our products.
When you think about it, their view is the one practised by dog owners and breeders for centuries; long, long before modern pet food manufacturers existed. Throughout that time, those individuals raised their dogs without the aid of pet nutritionists. Dogs were, by and large, fed the same food as us, and were generally healthier and longer lived than today.
It’s a similar view to the one taken by feeders of raw dog food, and also, oddly enough, not dissimilar to the one we human beings still adopt when feeding ourselves and our families. No one tells us what to eat – our common sense dictates what’s right for our bodies.
The We Cook for Dogs! way
We originally devised our homemade dog food recipes out of our love for our own dogs. Out of our desire to give them the happiest, healthiest, longest lives possible.
We have been no less diligent with our products, painstakingly developing each and every one using only the finest natural ingredients, every one of which is proven to be canine safe and has been passed fit for human consumption.
Many, many vets and pet nutritionists from around the world agree with the views of Professors Nestle and Malden. That good old fashioned home cooking is the very best way to feed our beloved pets. It’s with their help and guidance coupled with our own independant research that we have developed our range of completely natural products and our own best practices for making homemade food for dogs.
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