Goodbye Kibble! Hello Home Cooked Dog Food!
We all are familiar with the variety of the last nutrition trends for us humans - vegan, plant based, gluten free, paleo, you name it . What all of them have in common is one thing - processed food - out, fresh whole foods - totally in !
So what about our furry friends? Imagine if you had to eat the same food every meal, every day for your entire life. Sounds awful right?! But besides the food being dull, wouldn’t you question whether you’re getting a nutritionally balanced diet? Maybe there is something way better out there?
Before commercially produced dog food became as we know it today, dogs were being fed with whatever humans ate - they had variety, different textures, flavours and smells eating meat, grains, eggs and even oatmeal. We had a chance to chat with one of our clients Debbie and her sweet 9 years old pup Pepsi. Pepsi is a rescued dog and Debbie had her since she was 2. Debbie has been feeding her with daily home-cooked meals for the last 5 years.
Seems like you caught up with the trend quite early, how did it all start?
Well it wasn't intended at all. It all started from being a bit lazy let's just say..One evening I was about to feed Pepsi as usual and I have noticed she had very little food left. It was pouring outside and heading to our local pet shop wasn't an option so I came up with the idea of giving her some chicken soup leftovers from the day before. When I served her the chicken soup (cold of course) Pepsi looked at me with a look of "Is it my birthday!?" She loved it so much and ate every bit of it. I liked the idea of feeding her with basically whatever I was cooking for me and my family and not throwing away leftovers. I have consulted our vet and she wrote me a little guideline of what a dog meal should contain regarding proteins and nutritional values. And since than I think Pepsi is pretty much the happiest dog in our neighborhood.
How did your family react?
When my family saw that Pepsi is eating "their" food they said I was pampering her too much and she will never want to eat regular dog food again! A lot of my friends nowadays are also feeding their dogs with home cooked meals and we share recipes and cooking tips with each other! One of my friend's son even opened a small business that delivers daily dog meals tailor made for every dog individually! Weight loss meals, sensitive skin diets and different health condition. I should have though of that!
What does Pepsi's daily diet contains?
I cook her lean chicken, turkey, tuna, brown rice, oatmeal, eggs, steamed vegetables such as carrots, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, boiled potatoes, peanut butter, bananas.. The fun thing with cooking for your dog is knowing that it gets to enjoy a different variety or flavours and you slowly begin to discover which foods they like best - just like us humans. I also know exactly what Pepsi is eating promising her the best diet I can offer. And the best thing - dogs never complain about what the food tastes like! The cooking is pretty basic and simple. I am preparing a fresh meal every 3 days or so and just store portions in the fridge.
What's Pepsi's favorite thing to eat?
Carrots! She REALLY likes carrots. Boiled chicken with steamed carrots is probably her favorite combo! She also really likes peanut butter and I have recently began to explore recipes for different kinds of home made dog peanut butter cookies for her.
Sounds delicious! but what about the costs? Isn't it more expensive than buying a bag of dog food?
Nope, Pepsi eats only one meal a day. Cooking fresh foods costs me way much cheaper than a bag of kibble which nowadays as we know are getting so much more expensive with all types of special nutritional benefits and formulas.
Have you noticed any health benefits since changing Pepsi's diet?
Certainly! Pepsi is 9 years old, but you can't tell! Her fur looks good, she is very energetic and overall a happy pooch considering her mature age. Her vet says that if she didn't know Pepsi's age she would have thought she is much younger.
Would you recommend dog owners changing their dog's diet?
I think I would say that If it is possible than sure! The only downfall with cooking for your dog is that it is a little time-consuming and adds up to your daily tasks. Otherwise I think it is definitely something that both dog owner and dog could benefit from. Balanced and good dog nutrition makes both dog and owner happy!
We are pretty sure Pepsi has won the dog lottery on this one.
Debbie & Pepsi
When deciding to switch your dog's diet to home cooked meals, there are a few important nutritional guidelines you will need to follow. Consult with your veterinarian to make sure your dog is getting a good balanced diet with a fair amount of protein, carbohydrates and fat since their nutritional needs are different than ours. Also pay attention that there are some foods that can be dangerous for them.
Are you cooking your pet homemade meals? What are your thoughts about it? Post your comments below!