Home Cooking for Pets – is it safe?
At Petfix Club, we recommend a high-quality diet for your pets, for example, the Petfix Club range of food. A dry kibble diet is the best for most animals because we know that it’s very safe and we know that it’s complete, and gives dogs everything they need. But, we know that not everyone wants to feed their pets with commercial food: some people like to give their pets home-cooked meals.
Finding the Balance
You have to be cautious and make sure that you give a diet that’s properly balanced, giving the dog everything they need.
It is important that the meals you feed your pet are nutritionally balanced with protein, carbohydrates, oils, fibre, vitamins and minerals. Ideally, you should consult with a professional veterinary nutritionist who will help you work out a safe recipe, and who will advise you on any supplements that may be needed to ensure that the diet provides everything your pet needs/
Beef, turkey, chicken, lamb, pork, and salmon would be good protein options for home-cooked dog meals.
Avoid meats that are covered in garlic, chilli or strong seasoning. Remove excess fat and skin, and ensure all bones have been removed. Avoid meats that may be high in sodium or preservatives such as ham.
Carrots, green beans, spinach, peas, celery, cucumbers, pumpkin, sweet potato, corn, and potato are good vegetable sources.
Rice, Potatoes, Pasta, and Oats are good home cooked sources of carbohydrates.
Ingredients to Avoid
There are quite a few foods that are toxic to dogs, that you must avoid at all costs such as chocolate, raisins, coffee, onions, avocado and many more. Check out the Petfix list of toxic food for dogs.
Raw Meat and Bones – are they safe?
Some people choose to feed their dogs raw meat and bones, but there is a slight risk of bacterial infection with these foods that can affect humans in the household, especially people who have immune system issues such as very young children or elderly people, or people with other illnesses.
If you want to feed your dog a specific food but are not sure if it is safe, please Ask the vet directly using our Ask a vet tool.