Did you know that today is Cook For Your Pets Day? We’re pretty sure that the majority of our patients would be completely on board with this idea. However, there are both benefits and drawbacks to cooking for your own pet. A Lewisville, TX vet goes over some of them in this article.
Home-cooked meals can be great options for pets that need special diets. If Fido has food allergies, or has other specific nutritional needs, home cooked meals may be a good option. Quality control is another benefit. When you cook for your pet, you’ll be able to ensure that they are getting high-quality, whole foods, and not processed chemicals. Cooking for your furry bff may also be more convenient than you think. For example, you can cook a batch of boneless chicken breasts and brown rice for Fido, and then add other ingredients when you feed him. That may not be as easy as popping open a can of kibble, but you also won’t have to run out just for dog food. Last but not least, you also can customize your pet’s food to suit their tastes. That’s a definite plus for people whose pets are picky eaters!
There are a few downsides here as well. Your four-legged friend’s nutritional needs should of course come first. You’ll need to ensure that your furry pal is getting all of the essential vitamins and minerals they need. However, it can be tricky trying to figure out the exact percentages of fat, protein, and carbohydrates in your pet’s food. Home cooked meals can also be more expensive and time consuming than getting kibble or canned food.
The best thing to do is talk to your vet first, and get some specific advice on what your furry buddy’s dietary needs are. Keep in mind that these will change over time. You’ll also need to be careful with recipes. You may find some online that look good, but that doesn’t mean they are appropriate for your pet. Also, take care to only use quality ingredients, ones that you know are safe. Some foods to avoid include garlic and onions; chocolate; avocados; grapes, currants, and raisins; meat with bones; nuts; mushrooms; and alcohol. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s nutritional needs? Contact us, your Lewisville, TX animal clinic!