It’s Cook For Your Pets Day! It’s probably safe to say that many of our canine patients would be more than happy to observe this auspicious occasion. Fido probably would also be willing to sample anything you whipped up. There’s no reason you can’t cook for your dog if you like. However, there are some things to keep in mind. A Bellevue, WA vet offers some tips on this below.
The biggest benefit of cooking for Fido is being able to vet the quality of the ingredients in his food. You’ll also know exactly what your pooch is eating, and can avoid some of the less-healthy fillers often found in commercial food, such as wheat and corn. You can also customize your pup’s food according to his tastes and any medical needs, such as allergies. Ask your vet to check the recipe you want to use, to ensure that it’s suitable for your pet.
Fido is a carnivore by nature, so the majority of his menu should be meat-based. You can use almost any type of meat, including beef, chicken, lamb, fish, turkey, and duck. Be sure to remove the skin, bones, and fat! A little egg or cheese is also fine.
Healthy fats are also essential, but you don’t want to go overboard. You can include things like bacon, sausage, peanut butter, and olive oil. Just don’t go overboard here. Too much fat isn’t healthy for dogs!
Fido also needs small amounts of fruits and veggies. Just be sure to stick with safe options, such as spinach, cooked sweet potatoes, bananas, pureed squash or pumpkin, peas, carrots, and green beans. Always check to be sure something is safe before giving it to your pup, and avoid anything that contains seeds or pips. Keep in mind that some things, like broccoli, are okay once in a while but shouldn’t be fed often. With other things, only part of the plant is safe. If in doubt, leave it out!
It’s also important to know what not to give your pooch. Some dangerous foods include garlic, chives, onions, scallions, grapes, raisins, chocolate, and avocados. Also, be sure to introduce new foods slowly, and watch for signs of an upset stomach. Ask your vet for more information.
Do you have questions about your dog’s diet? Contact us, your Bellevue, WA animal clinic, today!