Be a Chef – Cook for Your Pet

Photo courtesy of Megan VanParis

Most of the food people consume is processed and loaded with ingredients that we are not sure what they are. The same goes for our pet’s food. While there are many options for food for our furry family members, if you decide you want more control over what they eat then cooking for your pet is an option.

If you decide you want to cook for your pet, the first thing you need to do is to consult with your veterinarian at Blum. Your furry family member’s veterinarian will know their nutritional needs and based on their medical history can determine if cooking for them is a viable option. Once you have received the approval of your veterinarian, there are several options to choose from before you start cooking.

  • – Veterinary Nutritional Consultations, Inc. (VNC) was established in 1989 by Dr. Rebecca L. Remillard, and provides independent consulting for veterinary professionals and individual pet owners looking for nutritional help for their pet. Since 2000, VNC has run, which allows owners to build a homemade diet for their pet. If your pet has a medical condition, which requires more specific dietary needs, your veterinarian can request a nutritional consult and have a customized diet created.
  • University of California, Davis Nutrition Support Service – Your pet’s veterinarian must initiate a consult with the UC Davis Nutrition Service. Then a copy of their medical and diet history, including recent lab results, needs to be sent prior to the start of a consultation. Any case that is taken on by UC Davis undergoes extensive medical record reviews that includes dietary history, including supplements and treats. For a list of full services at UC Davis Nutrition Service, click here.
  • Balance It – This company was founded in 2003 by veterinarian Sean Delaney, who is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (DACVN) and Davis Veterinary Medical (DVM) Consulting, Inc. Since 2005, veterinarians have used Balance It to help create custom recipes for both healthy and sick pets that provide them with the nutrients they need. All their recipes are now food grade, which means they meet human food quality and safety standards for ingredients and processing. In addition to providing customized recipes and nutritional information, Balance It also offers supplements that can be added to your furry family member’s food when more nutrients are needed than what can be received in just food alone.

If you are interested in cooking for your pet or if you have any further questions regarding their diet, please contact your veterinarian at Blum at: (773) 327-4446.

Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.