Commercial Dog Food or Homemade Meals?


puppy eats homemade meals

As I remember, there were different animals – dogs among others – in our household when I was a  child. And my parents used to feed our canines homemade meals, which was available on our table at that time. Think about it, the commercial dog food industry didn’t exist more than six decades ago.

And yet what is interesting? Our family ate all varieties of meals and so did our dogs in those times. Apart from that, nearly all of our dogs lived for long ages. Even one of them – the Swan which was a Kuvasz – was with us nearly his twentieth age.

Now our experience with these animals doesn’t deny any sort of dietary worth that the commercial dog food might give today. That’s related particularly contemplating the leap in data and feeding analysis that available at this time.

However, it’s a bit ironical that customary human meals did so nicely just some years back.

The Commercial Dog Food Promotions Has Brainwashed Us or What?

That type of dog food has modified quite a bit over the previous two or three decades. Many pet owners really feel that feeding their animal commercial dog food makes probably much sense. These people imagine that top quality pet food offered in stores is just solely the most handy approach to feed their canines.

They also assume to offer their animals and puppies the perfect dietary value supplied, even better than human food. They live in the believe that this choice is the proper thing to do. And you cannot blame someone due to their opinion if s / he is death sure.

An Example

You hear this kind of opinion again and again at any time when a dialogue takes place about pet food. Simply, the other day I talked over some canine tips with one of my friends, and the topic turned to what we fed our pooches.

“I feed my German Shepherd ‘X commercial dog food’ only as a result of it is for dogs” was her remark. And she continued: “Why should I feed him human meals?”

Side note: My friend’s GSD is approaching its eight-year age now, but it’s in a not-so-good shape. She takes it to the vet continuously with stomach issues, allergies, oral problems and such. So, I’m sorry for her animal and uncertain her dog will reach its ninth year of age. I would be glad if it were not so!

This nearly forty-year-old woman goes on to show his sense of information about a solely commercial dog food regimen for canines. She persevered in that my approach of feeding my dog homemade meals is dishonest for Zizi. She thinks the correct meals my dog wants for vitality and development is the dry kibble.

And you know what? Apart from her present opinion, I remember when she complained that her dog hesitated to eat the commercial dog food – around two years ago. I suggested her to merge the dog food with homemade food. She listened to me and then took another sort of processed dog meals.

What’s My Dog Feeding Method?

I also fed to my dog certain canned and dry meals, but I don’t regret the trouble to look after what the different manufacturer produces. And, you owe to your animal to study to spot willingly these “money-first” pet food corporations. And keep away from shopping for their not first-class products.

You need to search for commercial dog food made by ethical manufacturers having good reputation. They are producing prime-quality items planned to improve and lengthen your canine’s life.

Anyway, the meals of my dogs contain one-third canned meals, one-third homemade and one-third dry food. The homemade food they get don’t contain such components that would be dangerous for them. And occasionally they get cooked white cow bone too.

I apply this method for more than twenty years without a problem. It’s not boring for my dogs, and they get what they need. Their shining coat is speaking to me about their well being. Of course, I’m proud a bit when someone visiting us and perceives the health of our dogs.

And here is a homemade meals recipe I use to substitute the commercial dog food:

My Fine  Stew


2 cups barley
1/2 cup wild rice
9 cups chicken broth
4 cups rabbits — boned, +See Note
1/2 cup asparagus — chopped fine
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup carrots — chopped fine
4 cloves garlic — chopped fine
1/2 cup kale — chopped fine
1/2 cup lima beans — chopped fine
1 cup potato — chopped fine
1 cup yogurt, skim milk

I place the bones and chicken broth into a large pot. I boil it rapidly. Then I add the long cooking barley and wild rice, and reduce the heat to a simmer and cover it.

After giving 20 minutes to the rabbit, I cook another 30 minutes. Meantime I wash and chop the vegetables, then place into a mixing bowl, add canola oil and yogurt, then I mix them.

Important:  You need to allow the barley and wild rice to cool. Remove the bones. Desiccate the liquid if needed. Pour into the mixing bowl and mix well.

Refrigerate or freeze the leftovers in portions in separate containers.

+Note: 2 rabbits, 4 to 6 pounds, bone the rabbit and cube to the size for your dog. Add the bones to the chicken broth.

Substitution: You also can use frozen vegetables, just run them under cold water to defrost them. And I also use lamb meat occasionally, if there is no rabbit..

All in all, it depends on you whether you feed commercial dog food or homemade meals. I think, by observing your canine’s development, you can decide between them, in favor of your pet.

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow is a nature enthusiastic for more than seven decades. He was writing nearly 400 articles, reports so far about how to live with your dogs harmoniously.
Alex Sparrow