With all the pet food scares reported in the past 10 years, it is no wonder that most pet owners are going to the DIY (do-it-yourself) route when it comes to cat and dog meals.
Making sure your pet gets a healthy balanced diet is not as easy as it sound. Of course there are risks as you want to be careful. It takes a lot of work because every species has different dietary requirements.
The truth is, preparing a home meal for a pet is more complex than that of humans because there is a certain degree of flexibility with humans whereas for pets, as some foods and or food combinations are considered toxic.
One alternative to commercial pet food is the raw food diet, however, there is always the risk of salmonella and other illnesses that can be associated with meat.
Although the internet and library books are a great good source, we encourage pet owners who are serious about home prepared meals to consult with a vet who will be able to supply a proper eating plan to accommodate your cat and or dog nutritional requirements.
There are arguments that a dog cannot be raised vegetarian. Although carnivores, a dog is can adjust to a vegetarian diet, however, cats need to remain as carnivores. If serious about placing dogs on a vegetarian diet please consult a vet. As a rule of thumb, dogs require a higher concentration of protein than humans, especially on a vegetarian diet.
Love Sheila & Freedom, my black lab.