The nutritional value of dog food is a subject of great and heated debate by experts. It is, however, possible to create healthy and balanced meals for your dog from most of the same ingredients you use for your own meals - assuming you're eating healthy meals.
Dogs have a similar, if more simple, digestive tract as we do and can eat most of the same things. A general rule of thumb is the following:
One half of the diet should be cooked grains - brown rice, oatmeal, etc.
One-quarter to one-third should be high quality proteins - chicken, beef, eggs, etc.
One quater should be vegetables or fruits
There is great debate on whether it is better to feed cooked or prepared meals or raw meals. Hopefully, this wiki will generate discussion and provide expert perspectives on the subject.
There is a big debate in the pet industry about the quality of foods we feed our dogs. For sure, inexpensive kibble can wreak havoc on your dog, weaken their immune systems, and leave them vulnerable to diseases and infections. Signs of a nutrient-poor diet include: dry skin, dull coat, dandruff, and shedding. This condition invites fleas, mites, ringworm infections and inflammatory allergies behaviors such as irritability, hyperactivity, nervousness and restlessness. When you change their diet, … more