Today, November 1st, is Cook For Your Pets Day! There are some benefits to making Fido and Fluffy’s food yourself. That said, there are some things to keep in mind. A local Rancho Santa Fe, CA vet offers some tips on this below.
Talk To Your Vet
Your pet’s diet affects every aspect of their physical health, in one way or another. It’s absolutely crucial to ensure that your furry friend is getting not only the right type of nutrition, but also in the proper amounts. For instance, taurine is crucial to cats. Tuna is a great source of it. However, Fluffy would get sick eating only tuna: she needs other nutrients as well. Consult your vet before trying that recipe you saw on social media.
Choose High-Quality Ingredients
One of the benefits of cooking for your furry buddy is the fact that you can customize their diet plan, according to their tastes and any medical conditions they may have. You don’t necessarily have to buy the most expensive meat cuts for Fido and Fluffy, but you don’t want to offer them bottom-of-the-barrel options, either. Going organic can help reduce the amount of chemicals and toxins your pet ingests.
Look At Options
You may find it easier to buy and cook in bulk, and then preserve the food by canning, freezing, or even freeze-drying. Look around for local butchers and farmers markets. (Tip: some supermarkets may offer meat scraps at a discount. This isn’t guaranteed, but it never hurts to ask.)
Avoid Unsafe Foods
Take care to only include foods you know are safe. Most boneless meat, fish, or poultry is fine, as are many veggies and fruits. Some unsafe foods include garlic and onions; grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; chocolate; and avocado. Always research an ingredient before adding it. If in doubt, leave it out! Ask your vet for more information.
Be Careful Of Hype
There are plenty of pet food recipes posted online. However, that doesn’t mean they are all safe. Several include garlic and onions, which are actually toxic to dogs. Another dangerous trend? Vegan and vegetarian pet food for Fido and Fluffy. This may be fine for an iguana, but dogs and cats need meat to stay healthy. Only use recipes that come from trustworthy sites, preferably ones your vet approves of.
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local Rancho Santa Fe, CA animal clinic, anytime!