Warning: "Table scraps can be dangerous to your dog's health!
I haven't seen this warning label officially posted anywhere, though it surely comes from those who want to prohibit you from feeding your pet a homemade dog food recipe diet.
Even so, only in the last 100 years have we reached the consensus that our pets can only eat packaged food. Surely, our great-great grand-daddies had no idea how to raise dogs on all those awful table scraps, nor did all those civilizations who lived 1,000s of years before us without dry packaged dog food.
What's in Your Dog's Bowl?
But there is growing awareness and evidence that a homemade dog food recipe is a much better option for your pet than a bowl of dry kibble and that a natural food diet is the perfect rebuttal to the packaged pet food chorus.
Many dog lovers, for example, are concerned about the preservatives and additives found in canned or dry "kibble" pet food. And genuinely so, since some vets are also beginning to attribute many modern-day pet illnesses to the highly processed diets they receive from this type of food.
While there are some wonderfully conscientious pet food companies, who provide good quality dog food, the vast majority are perfectly happy to dish out poor substandard meals.
A Homemade Dog Food Recipe
Enter the homemade recipe. These recipes contain ingredients that even humans would consume (a fact that cannot be said for the typical pet food ingredients).
We know that there is no living species on the planet that sustains itself on a diet of cooked food. This is why some homemade dog food recipes call for raw food. Furthermore, these wonderfully fresh, healthy pet food recipes are quite easy to prepare. And they provide variety and a mixture of food for your pet, instead of the bland, crunchy, boring (fat sprayed) bits they are used to eating.
Fresh, homemade dog food recipes call for ingredients that are low in sugar, though fat and oil should be included. But even processed sugar can be substituted with a little honey or molasses instead. I guarantee Rover will lick his chops over that.
You Control The Ingredients
But beyond the fact that you are giving your lovable mutt a very healthy, home-cooked dog food recipe, you also know exactly what it is you are feeding your dog (again, a fact that cannot be said for most of what we normally give our pets).
For example, pet food companies are allowed to change 15% of their pet food recipes without changing their labels, thus you may not always know exactly what's in the bag, even though you think you know.
As another example, if a bag contains 4-5 different forms of one grain, they are listed separately. But this masks the fact that if one added up all of the corn related products (ie corn gluten meal, corn bran, corn grits, etc) the sum could potentially be a higher percentage of the meat ingredients. While this is legally allowed, there are many people who contest that the practice is misleading for consumers.
Once you truly discover what's in a pet food bag, you may want to switch over to some natural dog food recipes. They are truly easy to make, are way better for your dog, and you can have fun experimenting with the variety and flavor of delicious home-cooked recipes your dog will love.
I would venture to say they are even a cut above the table scraps your grand-daddy used to serve his pets.