To Guard Against Recalls, Should I Create My Own Dogfood?
Recalls of commercial dog food have scared many dog moms and dog dads into a search for other options. Not to say that all commercial dog food diets are bad nor are they unsafe to feed dogs. We aren’t dog food fearful as much as we are dog food watchful. In general, we want to know what is in our dogs’ food, why they need it, how safe (as safe can be) the ingredients are, and how well inspected the actual product is.
Some dog parents have taken to making their own homemade dog food diets, but a new study reveals these diets may not be all they are cracked to be…or not be. One of the books with a great dog world following is UC Davis Book of Dogs. The University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, decided to study recipes on home-cooked pet diets and the results were released in the June issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The findings are that the home-cooked pet diet study results are less than promising. Researchers analyzed 200 recipes for homemade dog food to see how many were nutritionally adequate. The recipes came from 34 sources including veterinary textbooks, websites, and pet care books.
Of the 200 recipes:
Nine contained the essential nutrients to meet the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) standard for adult dog nutrition. Surprisingly, eight out of nine recipes were authored by veterinarians.
Four recipes were authored by board-certified veterinary nutritionists, all every single one of these recipes had acceptable adult dog nutrient profiles.
Ninety-five percent of the recipes lacked at least one essential nutrient (including vitamin D, zinc, choline, or vitamin E). A total of 83 percent of the recipes lacked more than one nutrient.
So now what?
Conclusion: Recipes found online or in books might not be the best case scenario, as revealed by the study. But you can stay safe if you pay attention to certain facts about the dog food companies. At Crate Escape, we only purchase dog food manufactured in the US or Canada, it must be manufactured in a private facility (not shared by other dog foods), we are as organic and holistic as we can be, and we follow up with our customers, to hear their experiences. Our staff is well trained on our products and can recommend what is best for your dog.
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