If you love cooking for people but wish that your dog could join in on the tasty fun, get permission from a veterinarian before you start. Cooking meals for canines can often be a success, but only if you always carefully abide by their individual dietary requirements.
Cooking meals for your dog allows you to manage the exact ingredients in the food, letting chow down on an assortment of whole grains, vegetables and meats. The goal in preparing food for your dog is to practice proper portions and diversity in his meal plan, with a strong focus on all necessary nutrients. Your veterinarian can help you determine what specific ingredients and portions are suitable for your dog, taking into consideration factors such as his age, health background, breed and daily exercise routine.
When you cook for your dog, it's crucial to only feed him recipes that are designed exclusively for canines. This can help ensure that the foods he consumes are well-rounded with all of the minerals and vitamins that are essential to his well-being. If you need suggestions for good, safe and nutritious recipes for dogs, ask your veterinarian. She can offer you recommendations for reputable dog recipe books that are available at bookstores, for example. Many of these books include recipes that cater to dogs with certain medical ailments, too. Home cooking is often beneficial for dogs with autoimmune diseases, digestive troubles and food allergies.
If you want to give your pooch a healthy offering of omega-3 fatty acids, cooking salmon for him might just be the way to go. Omega-3 fatty acids can be beneficial not only for your pet's immune system, but also for helping his coat stay glossy and lustrous. Cooked chicken and scrambled eggs can both be useful for providing your dog with some additional protein. If you're interested in preparing something a bit more elaborate for your pet, veterinarian Amy Cousino has healthy canine recipes for meals such as chicken pilaf. Her doggie chicken pilaf recipe calls for ingredients such as olive oil, roasted chicken, chicken broth, long-grain rice and carrots. Before preparing any recipes for your pet, always get approval from a veterinarian beforehand. A specific recipe might be appropriate for one dog and unsuitable for another.
When you gather ingredients for your furry buddy, it's imperative to remember that some foods that are totally innocuous to most people are actually dangerous to animals. Macadamia nuts, shallots, onion powder, onions, scallions, garlic, chives, avocados and yeast dough are just a few examples of things that can be harmful to dogs. Salt in excess can be problematic for canines, too. Before putting your apron on, contact your vet and discuss -- in-depth -- everyday ingredients and foods that are major "no-nos" for pets.
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