There are many benefits, reasons, and ways to make your best friend eat meatless food and go for a homemade vegan dog food diet .

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Vegan food not only benefits humans but is very healthy for your dearest dog too.

Yes, you heard it right; Your pet will Love vegan food.

And in this post i will answer as many question as possible to help you deciding if a homemade vegan food diet is something that fit your case or not.

A meatless diet for human lowers the risks of :

  • heart attacks,
  • diabetes,
  • cholesterol, 
  • blood pressure,
  • obesity,
  • and many other problems. 

Just as we know that our dogs are so dear to us, our partners in crime , We care about them more than anything in every aspect, then

why not making them eat healthy food? 

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Have you ever wondered if our dogs can benefit from a vegan food diet as we humans do?  

Will our dogs love to go meatless?

The simplest answer is, “it depends.”

As we all know that meat is the main source from which dogs get their protein, however, still they can get their essential nutrients from plants and other vegan foods.

This means that dogs can rely on vegan food. Moreover, according to studies related to dogs, it is found that most of the qualities of dogs are that of omnivorous.

Therefore, as studied omnivorous have the quality to digest plants and meatless food.

What is a vegan diet ?

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The vegan diet does not include any animal product or produced by animals.

The vegan diet completely eliminates the consumption of meat, fish, dairy products, eggs and honey, out of respect for the animals. 
In this way, a vegan only feeds on products of vegetable origin.

dogs can safely enjoy the following vegan food

  • Fruits: apples, bananas, pears, strawberries,  melons, cherries, peaches, etc.

  • Leaf vegetables: spinach, lettuce, kale, etc.

  • Vegetable fruits

  • Legumes: lentils, peas, chickpeas, beans, etc.

  • Cereals: rice, corn, barley, oats, wheat, etc.

  • Tubers: potatoes, sweet potatoes etc.

  • Sprouts: soy, lentils, rye, sesame, etc.

  • Flowers or inflorescences: artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.

  • Turnip, carrot, etc.

  • Stems: leeks, celery, asparagus, etc.

  • Seeds: pumpkin, sunflower, etc.

  • and many many others.

  • However, one thing to ensure that there are huge numbers of plant-based food that your dog cannot digest.  

    So, before starting with a vegan dog food diet, you seriously need to go in-depth research so that you don’t harm it in any way.

    Moreover, you need to make sure that you incorporate all various nutrients while making or buying vegan food for your dearest dog.

    To know even more you can research different vegan dog foods along with consulting a pet nutritionist to ensure you are doing the right thing.



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    Philosophy behind the vegan food diet

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    Vegans act this way because they argue that animals are sacrificed prematurely or abused to use them as food or to take advantage of their resources.

    Veganism is not strictly a diet, rather it is a lifestyle that wants to avoid the suffering, mistreatment and death of animals.

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    In this sense, it also rejects the use of any product of animal origin, such as furs, silk, feathers or any product that has been tested with animals.

    Is a vegan dog food diet healthy for my pet?

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    Well, dogs can live on a vegan diet, but that does not mean that they should or completely live on a vegan diet.

    “ vegetarian and vegan diets can be done for dogs, but in the process you have to be very, very carefully. 

    In my opinion the help of the veterinarian or nutritionist is mandatory in this case "

    What Expert Says about vegan dog food diet for dogs

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    Experts and dog nutritionists suggest, that it is a healthy choice to feed your dog with a Homemade vegan diet, But:

    Only if done with the support of an expert;
    and you have to be very, very careful while  or preparing vegan food for your dog to make sure that all the nutrition and vitamins requires are being met;

    And don't forget!  it is very tiring to really stick with this diet, Because you have to cook a lot.

    In case your dog is not meeting the required nutrients from the vegan diet it can lead to the following problems:

    • Inadequate protein intake can make your dog’s activity less; can make him lousy, lazy and sad.
    • Lack of amino acid level in your dog can leads to various diseases and illness like heart failure and many more
    • Lack of vitamins and calcium can weaken your dog’s immune system and bones

    Protein intake can be adequately met from various plant-based foods;

    However making other nutrients like amino acid being met can be somehow a bit challenging, as most of it is met from meat.

    quick tip:

    Variety and quantity is much more important than quality, In this case.

    The task of incorporating all the required supplements and minerals is very thought full! Take it seriously.

    Pros of a homemade vegan dog food diet

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    Vegan dog foods offer a wide range of health benefits, which make them highly suitable for your dog.

     These vegan foods can be beneficial in a way that it can treat a lot of diseases of dogs, such as itchy skin, joints pains, eye problems, digestive problems.

    Moreover, let us look at some of the health

    benefits of healthy dog food:

    #1 Vegan food helps with the allergens

    According to a recent survey, dogs suffer most of their allergies from milk, dairy, beef, mutton, and chicken. Many people don’t know that as compared to these food lentils and plant-based food cause no allergies at all.

    Therefore, these meaty products are the main causes of many types of allergies like:

    • rashes,
    • itchy skin,
    • loose stool or constipation,
    • yeast infections,
    • eye problems and
    • inadequate loss of fur.

    #2 Vegan food is easy to digest

    Whether it is homemade vegan food or the one you buy from stores, they have easily digestible formulas that let your dog digest food properly to avoid problems like :

    • constipation,
    • Vomiting or regurgitation
    • acidity, 
    • Flatulence,
    • Diarrhea
    • and other problems.

    Therefore, plant-based food items are free of allergies and prove to be beneficial for your dog.

    #3 Vegan dog food contains anti-inflammatory properties

    Meaty items are hard on the stomach and can cause inflammation and cause various problems like joints pains and weak bones. 

    On the other hand, plant-based foods are light on the stomach and help relief issues which can be caused by the meat items. 

    #4 Dogs’ energy levels will rise

    Due to clean, homemade and light food your dog will be able to feel like a puppy again and will feel light and remain active like anything else. 

    The energy levels will rise, and your dog will remain active for longer time.

    #5 better management of weight loss

    A plant-based and vegan dog food let dogs maintain their right weight.

    Also loosing weight fast, will be an easy task.

    #6 a homemade vegan diet for your dog is cheap! 

    As mentioned earlier on average dogs eat 1 kg of raw meat every day, and that cost a hell lot of money to buy those.

    On the other hand, vegan food is less expensive, and even if you decide to make homemade food by yourself, the ingredients it requires are even cheaper.

    So a vegan dog is very light on your pocket too.

    #7 easy to make recipes

    The vegan food is quite easy to make and takes much less time then other diets.

    "Wash, cut, cook  and Buon Appetito!"

    #8 Vegan dog food Boosts immune system

    Vegan food is quite beneficial for your dogs’ immune system too.

    It helps them get better digestion, and the metabolism of your dog improves too.

    Cons Of A Homemade Vegan Dog Food Diet

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    If the vegan food diet for your dog is not chosen or made wisely the results can be negative too. 

    An improper vegan diet can lead to following illness in your dogs:

    #1 Obesity

    About 40% of the dogs in the United States fall victim to obesity.

    It is important to search for the healthy ingredients ( high of nutrients an protein) to make sure that your dog is getting lean and stronger instead of fat.

    #2 Stones in the bladder

    Sometimes, lack of hygiene, cleanliness and giving the wrong vegan food can build up stones inside your dog’s bladder.

    Bladder Stones can be the most painful thing ever your dog can experience. 

    Always consult an animal nutritionist or your Vet to know what meatless foods prevent bladder stones .

    #3 Vegan dog food Can cause pancreatitis

    If your dog is already suffering from pancreatitis then an improper diet will worsen the situation.

    The digestive enzymes break down certain proteins and nutrient in the pancreas that can be a bit dangerous. So, be careful and pay attention also to small details in this diet.

    Cons Of "Traditional" Dog Food 

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    There are different kinds of dog food available on the market, and all of them have many pros and cons of it. 

    However, we are considering the vegan dog food. 

    Let us see some of the disadvantages of dog food other than vegan;

    #1 Cons of canned food

    Canned food is one of the easiest form of food to feed your dog. They are readily available and are considered to be palatable and delicious for dogs.

    There are many disadvantages to it:

    • Super expensive to buy every single day.
    • They can get contaminated quite easily
    • Secretion smell bad
    • Can cause diarrhea
    • A dog that is fed canned food requires a lot of teeth cleaning than others

    #1 Cons of dry food

    Dry food is easy to carry and can be used for a longer period.​

    It is quite handy, as all you have to do is take a packet with you anywhere without loading much stuff in your car.

    It is better for dogs’ dental health then canned food.

    There are many disadvantages to it:

    • The quality of dry food is most of the time quite low
    • Can be less nutritional
    • Dry food can often cause allergies.
    • Some dry food can be extremely contaminated

    #1 Cons of Raw Food

    Raw food is even easier than dry food.

    You just buy and give it to your dog, no hard work needed.

    Cleaner teeth, easily secretion of stools, improvement of the dog’s skin and healthy metabolism are some benefits of The B.A.R.F diet.

    There are many disadvantages to it:

    • Raw and uncooked foods are most contaminated than other foods.
    • Can obstruct the dog’s bowel movements
    • Very expensive if you have a big dog.

    Best vegan dog food recipes 

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    Let us see some of the delicious and yummy recipes that you can make to feed your dog vegan.

    Recipe 1 - Chickpea stew


    • 3 cups of chickpeas (cooked)
    • 3 tablespoon of organic or vegetable oil
    • 4 tablespoon of natural or organic peanut butter
    • 3 cups of vegetable stock low in sodium or salt
    • 1 diced carrot
    • 1 chopped celery stalk
    • sliced


    1. First of all mash the chickpeas well in a large bowl.
    2. Now make a mixture of oil, peanut butter and one cup of the stock or water.
    3. In a blender add the remaining stock, celery, carrot, and beet and blend well for 30 seconds on medium speed.
    4. Mix all the mixture into the chickpeas and serve.

    Recipe 2 - Rice and millet with vegetables


    • One cup of brown rice (cooked)
    • One cup millet (cooked)
    • 3 cups of a variety of vegetables (you can use leftovers too)
    • 3 to 4 tablespoons of natural or organic oil
    • ½ cup of vegetable stock or water low or no slat.


    1. In a large bowl mix millet, rice, stock or water and oil,
    2. Next blend all the vegetables in the blender and blend well to make a thick creamy like paste.
    3.  Add this paste to the stock mixture, warm it up just a little bit and serve.

    Recipe 3 - Vegetable fusion for little pups


    • ½ cup of vegetable stock or water with low or no salt
    • 2 diced carrots
    • 2 diced celery stalks
    • 1 zucchini of medium size
    • 2 tablespoon of organic peanut butter
    • 2 teaspoon of wheat germ


    1. Blend the entire ingredients in a blender on medium speed for two to three minutes or until well combined.
    2. Transfer to your dog’s bowl and serve. Very Easy right?

    Recipe 4 - Barley and lentil loaf soup


    • 2 cups of vegetable stock or water with less salt
    • ½ cup washed and dried lentils
    • ¼ cup of barley
    • ½ celery, chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon of sea kelp


    1. Bring the water or stock to boil, add in lentils and barley, turn the heat to medium and cover the pot, and let it simmer for 30 minutes or until tender.
    2. Blend celery in little water.
    3. Add celery mixture and sea kelp to the lentil and barley stock,
    4. let it cool and serve.

    Recipe 5 - Meatless dog cookie


    • 9 cups of wholemeal flour
    • 3 cups of water
    • 1 cup of yeast
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • 2 tablespoon chopped basil and mint


    1. Mix all the ingredients and then add 3 cups of water in it knead well to make the dough.
    2.  Make different sizes & shapes and bake it for 10 to 15 minutes in the oven.
    3.  Let it cool and serve it to your dog

    Recipe 6 - Sweet potato and peanut butter delight


    • 6 cups of boiled water
    • ½ cup of rice (whole grain)
    • ½ cup of quinoa either black or white
    • 1 cup lentils assortments 
    • 3 cups of organic or natural peanut butter
    • 2 tablespoon of flaxseed oil 
    • 250 grams of cranberry extract
    • 3 Medium diced and cubed sweet potatoes


    1. Boil water and add in rice, quinoa, lentils, and sweet potatoes,
    2.  Reduce heat to medium, let it simmer and cover the pot for about 40 to 45 minutes, or until everything is tender.
    3. Once cooled, mash the ingredients and add in peanut butter.
    4.  It makes about 3 to 4 servings and you can distribute in different bowls and refrigerate.
    5. Just when you are about to serve warm it u a little bit and add flaxseed oil and cranberry extract over it. 

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    After analyzing every aspect of the vegan dog food diet, we can say that our dogs can live on a vegan diet and be healthy.

    Protein amount and other important nutrients can be met. Moreover, the best part is that the vegan dog food helps in preventing and curing many harmful and toxic diseases in dogs.

    However, you should be careful while preparing the meals  so you don’t miss a single nutrient your dog needs.

    In case you miss nutrients during the diet it will hurt your dog’s health and cause various diseases. 

    Consultation with an animal nutritionist is the key as they will let you know the best deep details about YOUR dog needs. .

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    Homemade Food for dogs

    Cooking homemade dog food is for me one of  the best choices you can take in Your dog's life.

    Today In this post I will cover different topics in how to feed your dog healthy food, so please find a  comfortable position and stay focused with me till the end, of course if the alimentation of your dog is very important for you.

    Ready?? Let's Go.

    50+ Human Food Your Dogs Can And Can Not Eat

    Why Prepare Homemade Dog Food?

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    Although most people continue to buy commercial products to feed their pets, more and more people are becoming aware of the importance of including natural products in the feeding of their dogs and cats.

    Preparing homemade dog food brings many benefits to their health. It is always better to opt for healthy and in this case, preparing food for dogs and cats at home guarantees that. Thanks to all the nutrients it provides, your dog will be healthy and strong.

    Commercial Food vs. Homemade Dog Food

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    Some people still consider the option of buying food to feed their animals more appropriate and effective. It is always faster to go to the pet store, select food and take it home.

     But ... have you stopped to think if this type of food really has a complete nutritional contribution?

    There are many arguments that we could give you so that you decide to prepare yourself snacks, prizes, treats and food in general for your pet:

    • Quality

    The pet food manufacturing industry arose from a need for convenience and time saving, generating the least possible residue. 

    The problem with these foods is that they are made in a totally different way from those that are suitable for people.

     In some cases, the ingredients constitute all the parts that are left over from the food factories for human consumption, like bones, intestines, hair, feathers, pulp of fruits and vegetables, etc.

    For this reason, we should not be fooled by some industrial food packaging when we read phrases like: "quality ingredients."

    • Elaboration

    You should know that the heat used in the process of making commercial food eliminates much of the nutritional value of the ingredients.

    On the contrary, if we prepare homemade recipes, we are not submitting the ingredients at such high temperatures for this to happen.

    Making food for your dog can be as simple as introducing a couple of ingredients in a blender, crushing them, resulting in an extremely delicious and nutritious puree.

    In the same way, if you usually make/prepare homemade juices with your juice extractor ... Don’t throw the pulp in the trash! Add it to your preparation.

    In this way, you reduce your waste and optimize the performance of your food.

    Sometimes, we have no time to make food for our pets, but there are tools that can help you reduce the amount of time used in the elaboration of the food for your pets significantly, like a food dehydrator.

    This machine not only helps you save time, but it also works at low temperatures. Thanks to this, you could make food, cookies and snacks in your own house that will conserve all the nutrients. 

    • Humidity

    The organs of dogs and cats are designed to eat foods with a high degree of humidity. 
    Commercial feed, in contrast to the homemade dog food, has only a humidity of about 8%, which makes our animals need to drink water constantly. This can lead to kidney problems.

    For this reason, it is vital to provide our dogs and cats with diets rich in moisture to ensure an adequate state of health. This is only possible if we prepare our own diets ourselves.

    • Variety

    Finally, it also highlights the importance of a varied diet. Each food has different properties that provide great nutritional value if we are able to combine them within a balanced diet. 

    Having a diet based on commercial food limits the contribution of new nutrients for our pet.

    Advantages of Homemade Dog Food

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    In addition, there are many advantages offered by the option of making homemade dog food. Some of them:

    • To be able to choose the quality and quantity of ingredients that we can add to the recipes. 
    • The dog foods that we buy in the stores are plagued with components that DO NOT contribute benefits for their health. Homemade foods, however, contain lower rates of salt, sugar and preservatives, something that greatly benefits our animals.
    •  Homemade foods, however, contain lower rates of salt, sugar and preservatives, something that greatly benefits our animals.
    • Making healthy snacks for pets allows us to choose the right ingredients in case our pet has some type of allergy or requires a special type of nutrition. We always recommend that it be correctly formulated and under the recommendation of a veterinarian.
    • Another reason why the homemade alternative is beneficial is the economic one. When we choose this type of diet, we usually take advantage of the food that we have left over or that we have at home, which can considerably reduce the economic cost of buying food, snacks and derivatives.
    • Pets usually like homemade food more. They enjoy its flavor, the different textures, as well as the possibility of eating something different every day.

    The Most Recommended Foods

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    There are many natural foods that you can add to your pet's daily diet to make sure they cover all their dietary needs.

    We highlight here three food groups that should not be missing when preparing a homemade diet for your pets.

    1 - Vegetable

    Vegetables provide many benefits from the nutritional point of view, preventing diseases.

    In addition, they regulate intestinal transit thanks to its high water content. Something that provides great benefits to your pet.

    Vegetables such as tomatoes, squash, carrots, asparagus or sweet potatoes can be consumed as they have great nutritional contribution.

    Also, keep in mind that not all are suitable. Onions and potatoes (in the raw state) are not recommended as they can cause damage to your stomach.

    2 - Protein of animal origin

    • Chicken

    This is probably the most common protein for animal consumption, not only because of its economic price and its high protein content but it is also a meat that’s easy to digest, easy to cook, and with an exquisite flavour.

    Although, on the other hand, its consumption must be moderate since the hormones that it usually contains can be harmful.

    • Fish

    Consumed also in moderation, cooked fish is safe and provides many nutrients to our animals.

    In fact, it is one of the most used proteins in the creation of croquettes for dogs and cats.

    • Beef

    3 - Grain and Cereals

    Cooked grains and cereals can be a healthy option. Some, such as rice, oats, barley and millet, have high nutritional power.

     Industrial cereals intended for human consumption or coated with chocolate, are not suitable at all.

    6 Homemade dog food Recipes 

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    1 - Vegetable and rice puree:

    • Select some of the vegetables mentioned above,
    • Cook them 
    •  Mix them in a blender with a little cooked rice. 

    Your dog will love it.

    2 - Tuna snacks:

    • In a blender, we introduce a tin of tuna, (naturally much better)
    • a beaten egg,
    • a spoonful of oats
    • and a little water.
    • Beat for about 40 seconds.
    • Then, put this dough in the oven for about 10 minutes at about 150 degrees.

    As a result, we will get some snacks "the sea of tasty."

    3 - Strips of all kinds of chewy meat and fish:

    A very simple recipe in which we can use different types of meat. For example, liver, veal, chicken and even fish.

    • We cut the meat into small strips,
    • put them in a food dehydrator for 4 or 7 hours depending on the dehydrator at 70 degrees.
    • Final results: exquisite snacks that we can use as treats.

    4 - Dehydrated pumpkin or carrot strips:

    This recipe is very easy to prepare, perfect for when you do not have too much time.

    • Simply cut small strips of pumpkin or carrot and
    • place them in a food dehydrator at 50-55 degrees between 4 and 7 hours, depending on the food dehydrator you have.

    The result? A healthy and nutritious snack for your little friend.

    5 - Sweet potato cookies:

    For this recipe, you need to

    • remove the skin of the sweet potato and
    • cut it into small sections
    • place them in a food dehydrator for 4 to 7 hours depending on the dehydrator you have.

    The idea, in this case, is to dehydrate them at 50-55º.

    6 - Carrot and oat cookies:

    • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
    • Put 150/200 grams of oat flakes in a blender until you get a consistency similar to that of flour.
    •  Mix this with a couple of grated carrots,
    • an egg, and
    • two tablespoons of olive oil.
    • When you have managed to mix them,
    • you will get a dough that you can mold to your liking.
    • i recommend that you use a pasta cutter to give it different shapes.
    • Next, place the treats on the previously floured baking sheet and
    • bake for 30 minutes until golden and crispy.
    • Let them cool and
    • keep them in an airtight container.

    Your pet will love it.

    4 Tips for Cooking Homemade dog Food

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    1. Home cooking is a good option to feed your pet when a balanced diet is prepared that has the supervision of the veterinarian or dog nutritionist.

    2. Cooked dishes should not contain an excessive number of ingredients: the digestive system of dogs is not the same as the human. Four or five ingredients are enough.

    3. To design a homemade diet, it is essential to know the animal's dietary needs: the number of daily calories it needs, as well as the amount of vitamins and other essential nutrients.

    4. The ingredients used are natural so the food you prepare can last between 2 and 3 weeks in the freezer.

      This is the best way to keep it. You can also use freezer bags to store what you have prepared and divide it into several daily servings.

       If you also dehydrate the food, the preservation is more durable, and these are perfectly preserved for weeks in closed containers. If, on the other hand, you make food from one day to the next, keep it in a cool place.

    6 Benefits of Natural homemade dog Food 

    After reviewing the general considerations to consider when establishing food, we see how the benefits of homemade dog food is the possibility of choosing the food with which we will make up the menu.

    However, it is not the only advantage:

    1. By selecting the ingredients ourselves, we make sure to use quality food and establish the percentage of each product fully adapted to our dog.

    2. As we said, through a homemade diet for dogs, we can guarantee that all the essential amino acids are present that your digestive system is not able to synthesize.

    3. We offer the animal a diet with nothing processed or very little processed ingredients, which translates into an improvement of their general state of health by ingesting totally natural products.

      This is because the less treated foods are, the better the nutrients are maintained, they are easier to assimilate and hardly contain artificial chemicals, and in some cases, nonexistent.

    4. By including fresh, natural meats, fish, fruits or vegetables, the dish is much more appetizing for the dog.

    5.  It is much more digestible due to all the above since the use of products adapted to the needs of the dog, fresh, quality and natural make your dog’s body assimilate without problems.

    6.  It allows us to establish a variable and complete menu so that the animal does not get bored of eating always the same thing or presents nutritional deficiencies.

    How to Find the Balance with Homemade Dog Food Diet?

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    In order to take advantage of all the benefits of homemade dog food, we must bear in mind that not everyone has the same nutritional needs, as we have already mentioned. 

    Thus, we will distinguish

    • infants,
    • puppies,
    • adults,
    • pregnant,
    • lactating females,
    • geriatric and sick.
    • The size of the dog is another factor to consider since the larger breed puppies will be healthier with slow growth. 

    In any case, it is advisable to consult with your veterinarian before any change in your diet.

    Next, we will see the general considerations that we should keep in mind depending on the age or the state of your dog:

  • mother at the time of delivery should consume 1.5 times her usual ration.

  • Growing animals require more protein and calories than adults.  If we maintain high protein in the diet of the adult dog, if the caloric intake does not decrease, we will end up having an obese adult.

  • Puppies up to 6 months require twice as many calories per kg of body weight than adults.

  • In old age, fewer calories are needed, approximately 30% less than in youth. In addition, at this time it can be beneficial to include vitamins such as E, C and selenium in the dog's natural diet, due to its antioxidant effect 
  • On the other hand, for the diet, I will also take into account the level of activity displayed by the dog in his daily life. 

    For example, a dog performing a lot of exercise may consume a greater amount of fat, while a dog with a more sedentary lifestyle should control their intake very well.

    And finally, treats should never exceed 5-10% of the recommended daily calories. Remember that positive reinforcement can also be carried out with caresses, words of encouragement or games.

    For healthy adult dogs, the key to finding balance in homemade food lies in knowing the animal.

     In this way, we recommend trying and experimenting to find the right quantities for your dog, detecting which foods he likes best and how to combine them.

    How to Cook The Food for Dogs?

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    The benefits of homemade dog food are optimized considering the cooking methods

    • Meats

    Meats, fish and poultry are always recommended to be cooked to prevent the transmission of parasites. They can also be cooked on the grill.

    • Barf

    Of course, we must remove all those bones capable of causing obstructions. Although there are types of homemade dog diets that offer raw foods such as the BARF diet, we can’t always guarantee that the products are in optimal conditions and, therefore, I recommend cooking or freezing food in advance.

    • Laktose

    Foods with lactose, such as milk or cheese can cause diarrhea, so we must control their consumption or, in clear cases of lactose intolerance, remove them from the diet. 

    So, we will have to plan the feeding of our dog to make sure it is balanced. We can prepare it, freeze it and take it out as needed, which will facilitate the daily logistics. We should never add salt or sugar or foods like chocolate or exciting foods like coffee.

    • Spices

    To enhance the flavor of the dishes, we have the option of incorporating beneficial spices for dogs such as turmeric, oregano, rosemary or thyme.

    Olive oil is also indicated due to its derma-protective, antioxidant and digestive properties, which is why we can serve homemade dog food with a splash on top.

    The Pros of Homemade Dog Food

    1. It enriches the quality of life, increases its vitality, is healthier, and can increase the life expectancy of the dog.

    2. Increased defenses, strengthening the immune system.

    3. It gives us the ability to adapt the diet taking into account the needs of each animal, its sex, size, age, and race.

    4. We reduce the intake of water, as a lot of water is produced directly from fresh foods, decreasing the risk of torsion of the stomach.

    5. Improves digestion, decreasing the number of bowel movements.

    6. The almost total disappearance of the risk of suffering from certain types of food allergies directly related to the additives used in commercial feed.

    The Cons of Homemade Dog Food

    1. We need more time, to prepare homemade food, which should be done almost daily. In more or less high amounts depending on the dog or dogs that live in the home.

    2. Need to have the different ingredients available that make up the diet, ensuring freshness and optimal conservation

    3. If we choose to prepare homemade recipes for dogs on a weekly or monthly basis, we must control the entire process of the cold chain, both by freezing the rations and by thawing them.

    4. Try to get information about the ingredients that a dog may or may not be able to eat, know its nutritional characteristics, and use at all times those ingredients that best suit each dog.

    5. Learn and treat nutritional supplements within the dog's diet can be commercial, which makes the use of this diet more expensive, or opt for natural supplements (Spirulina, Goji Berries ...)

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