Homemade Dog Food Recipe Guide
Homemade Dog Food Recipe Guide – Coming from a family of animal lovers – my parents, brothers, sisters, and I cared for a variety of animals since I was young, including a lot of dogs – I was naturally fascinated with the idea of providing optimal care to domestic pets, and especially dogs.
For a very long time, people have been walking into pet stores and coming out with puppies without any idea about how to provide the optimum care for their new pets.
One of the central principles of optimum dog care is good nutrition. You might be surprised when you find out about the actual needs of our canine companions. The answers to questions about dog nutrition cannot be found on labels of dog foods – in fact, that’s the last place you should be looking if you’re uncertain about your dog’s daily nutritional needs.
If you want your dog to live a long, active, and happy life free from the common health problems associated with modern dogs (who are fed the wrong food every day), then this book is definitely for you.
Contained within these pages are insights and discoveries that I have made over the years, as I’ve taken care of multiple canines. It is a gift to the present and future generation of dog lovers who know how precious the companionship and love of dogs really are. This is for you, my dear friend. Welcome to the world of optimum nutrition for dogs!
History: How Commercial Dog Foods Came To Be
Half a century ago, giving dogs left-over food was the norm. If you had a Fido at home, you simply had to collect table
scraps so the family’s beloved pet could eat once or twice a day. Life was simple back then, and dogs were considered hardly members of the family that could live with less-than-ideal nutrition.
As the years progressed and values changed, people slowly realized that canines needed the right kind of nutrition, the same way that people need a balanced diet in order to live long, productive lives…and to escape the plight of modern day diseases like hypertension, diabetes and cancer.
Today, the term “dog food” equates to commercially-sold dog food. Nowadays, having a dog at home means you have to regularly stock your home with dry, semi-dry, or wet variety dog food.
It’s generally accepted that the most convenient way of feeding a Fido is to give the dog commercial dog kibble or moist dog food packets. But when did this practice begin, and why has the commercial pet food industry been sustained to such an extent that it has become a strong and dominant producer?
Well, the pet food boom actually occurred after the Second World War. With the steady increase of the country’s population after the war (known as the Baby Boom) came increased consumption of meat products in the country. Increased meat consumption meant there was also a marked increase in the byproducts created by the meat processing industries.
When the raw materials for pet food became available, enterprising individuals like R. Purina developed industrial processes that paved the way to mass production of food for hogs and chickens.
From an economist’s point of view, it was indeed a beautiful development in the industries. Mass-produced food pellets increased the output of hog raisers and poultry farms. The meat processing industry made the meats suitable for commercial distribution. Usable byproducts from the meat processing industry were purchased by the pet food companies.
The pet food companies adapted the various industrial processes used by food pellet manufacturers to produce commercial dog food, cat food, rabbit food, etc.
The clamor for a “balanced diet” or a steady protein source
in commercial dog food meant that pet food manufacturers had no choice but to add meat to their products. Making viable, meat-based pet food wasn’t a problem at all, because the technology had already been there for a while.
Slowly, the modern pet food industry developed more strategies to respond to the needs of specific markets. The strongest market is the dry pet food market.
Dry pet food or kibble is produced by combining flour (derived from various grains, including wheat), ground animal meals (meat scraps from meat processing plants are ground by heavy machines to produce a moist meal), and milk products.
Some manufacturers make it a point to add vitamins and mineral content to the dry kibble, which is an important selling point used by many pet food manufacturers.
Before the actual kibble is packed and distributed to supermarkets, the carbohydrate base of the dry pet food is first spray-coated with oil (which forms the fat content of the food) and various milk products (which improves the taste of the pet food).
Dry kibble must have a carbohydrate content of at least
forty percent for this existing industrial process to work — so you now know that all dry kibble for dogs is composed of at least forty percent carbohydrates.
Let’s move on to semi-moist dog food. What makes this type of dog food tick? How come it’s moist, and yet it can stay” fresh” until such time that you want it to feed Fido? It all boils down to humectants.
Humectants are chemical compounds added to dog food to keep the food product wet or moist and are also used to prevent the common chemical processes that cause spoilage.
Unlike dry kibble, semi-moist dog food makes use of at least two protein sources: ground soybeans and fresh meat (in the form of meat scraps or regular meat). Fat is also added to the final product to increase its caloric content.
Before packaging, the semi-moist dog food is molded into different shapes. Don’t be deceived though: dogs couldn’t care less if the food you’re giving them is in the shape of a heart or a chunk of meat.
Pet food manufacturers make it a point to improve the physical appearance of pet foods to attract buyers. The appearance of the food does not necessarily have a positive impact on the animal’s nutrition.
Let’s move on to the third type of dog food/pet food: canned food.
There are four general categories of canned dog food. The first one is called rationed dog food. Rationed dog food is the wettest variety of dog food because the base of the dog food (meat scraps, internal organs, etc.) is cooked in highly pressurized environments until a liquid state is achieved.
The resulting liquefied food is then packed in sterile cans and shipped. All-meat canned food, on the other hand, is composed mostly of animal tissue and meat byproducts.
The meat base of this type of canned food is not cooked until a liquid state is achieved. Preservatives are used to maintain the physical appearance and freshness of the meat base of canned food.
Here’s What’s Included
Canine Nutrition Demystified
The Truth About Proteins
Should Fats be Avoided?
Carbohydrates in a Dog’s Diet
Indigestion in Dogs
In Focus: Micronutrients
Giving Your Dog the Right Minerals for Optimum Health
Phosphorous & Calcium: How Much Is Just Right?
Is Your Dog Getting Enough Zinc?
Quick Tips: Canine Diet
Calorie Tracking: Is Your Dog Snacking Too Much?
Canine Special: Newborn Pups At Home
Minimum Nutrients in Dog Foods
Danger Ahead: Foods That Are Toxic to Dogs
Quick Reference: Growth Rate of Common Breeds
Feeding Older Dogs: The Puzzled Owner’s Guide
The Gradual Switch: Helping Your Dog Eat New Food
Is Your Dog Getting Enough Water?
And Much More…
Homemade Dog Food Recipe Guide
201 Pages of Actual Knowledge on Canines’
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