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You Can Make Your Own Healthy Dog Food Quickly and Easily!

  • Feb 16, 2010
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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, it can take a few weeks on the new regimen before this begins to change
  • Stools - large stools can indicate an inability to digest all of the nutrients. Stools that are anything other than chocolate brown can indicate dyes, bacterial infections, chemicals in the food, or other health problems that are developing.

Unfortunately, vet branded dog foods or high end natural foods can cost a fortune - and in this economy, many of us simply can't afford to do this.  However, it's surprisingly easy, quick, and inexpensive to give your dog a healthy, balanced, and tasty diet with a minimum of muss and fuss.  If you'd like read about some quick and affordable recipes, read the article at www.squidoo.com/dogfoodrecipies You'll find some that take as little as 3 minutes!  And all of them are based on things you probably already have in your home.

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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.
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