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Is Kibble or Raw Dog Food the Healthier Choice?

Kibble dog food can be an option if you prefer making dog food at home. In some cases, your pet may need a special diet to heal different digestive diseases or diarrhea. It’s always good to know what ingredients to feed your dog and how to obtain the best kibble food.

Canned vs. Homemade Dog Kibble Food

If you take a look at the label of most canned pet food you will find a lot of useful nutrients that your dog needs. These ingredients are certainly in the canned food, but during the process of making and canning the food, a lot of nutrients are lost and preservatives are added.

Homemade dog kibble may be a better source for nutrients; however you need to talk to a vet before switching to a homemade diet. You have to include all the needed nutrients in your dog’s diet.

If you switch to homemade dog food after having fed canned food, make sure to include some canned food in the mix for the first weeks, until the dogs gets used to the new diet.

Raw Dog Food

Raw meat is not recommended for dogs, due to the possible bacteria the meat might carry. Cook the meat and you will provide your pet a great source of proteins. Cook the bones, as they are easier to grind when cooked.

Raw vegetables may be included in your dog’s diet, but make sure you wash them thoroughly. Raw garlic is forbidden – as it is poisonous.

Best Kibble

The best kibble recipe should contain some lean meat such as chicken or turkey. Make sure that the meat content of each meal is at least 40% but not more than 60%.

Bones are rich in calcium and may be included in a homemade dog diet. However, never give your dog bones in one piece; grind the bones to obtain a fine powder. Bone splinters may lead to health issues such as organ punctures or indigestion.

To thicken the mix, you can add some cornmeal or oatmeal.

You may also use some starches. Dogs enjoy rice, pasta, sweet potatoes, carrots and these offer sufficient nutrients when combined with meat.

Fruits and vegetables may be added in your dog’s kibble for texture and taste variety. 20 to 30% of your dog’s meal may be vegetables. You may serve these raw or cooked.

Don’t mix sweets or chocolate. The dog doesn’t need too many carbs, and can get these from fruits.

Garlic is poisonous for dogs. Avoid using it raw. In case you use garlic, cook it and don’t exaggerate with it.

Variety is the Key

To make sure your dog doesn’t get bored of eating the same food every day, make sure to offer a varied diet. Alternate different ingredients, making sure that you include the needed nutrients.

You can prepare your dog’s kibble for several days at once to save some time, but make sure not to keep the food in the refrigerator for more than 3 days.

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