When it comes to our furry family members, we have their best interests at heart since they can’t make important decisions for themselves. While some owners may opt to make food for their pets, here are some common mistakes to avoid when making homemade diets.
Using Social Media
Social media can be a great place to receive feedback from friends and peers, but they are only speaking from their own experiences. What is best for their pet may not be the best for yours. Make sure to speak with your veterinarian who can help guide you to what is best for your pet since they will know specific nutritional needs based on your pet’s health history.
Feeding a Bland Diet
Occasionally feeding your pet a bland diet such as boiled chicken or ground beef and rice is OK, but this is not ideal to feed them long-term. Homemade diets can be missing key ingredients such as Omega-3, calcium and probiotics. Making sure your furry family member receives vital nutritional elements is important!
Not Creating Recipes Specific to Your Pet
When creating recipes for your pet, there are certain factors to keep in mind such as:
- Age, breed and weight
- Any allergies
- Cost of ingredients
- Tools needed to create recipe (i.e. mixing bowls, oven, storage containers)
Forgetting About Vitamins and Minerals
When cooking food for our pets, it can remove vital nutrients that are essential to making sure they receive a balanced diet. It may not be as easy as giving them a multivitamin to make up for what their diet lacks. Consult with your veterinarian to make sure your pet receives the appropriate additional supplements.
Don’t Forget Your Vet!
Your veterinarian at Blum will be able to discuss what dietary needs are specific to your pet since they are familiar with their medical history. We also work with a nutritionist at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, who can create customized homemade diets for your pet that ensures it meets all of their health needs.
For any further questions or if you are interested in feeding a homemade diet, please contact your veterinarian at: (773) 327-4446.
Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.