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Five Reasons to Make Your Dog's Dinner
Donald Strombeck's book cooks up nutritious recipes for your dog.

When he wrote Home-Prepared Dog and Cat Diets: The Healthful Alternative, Donald R. Strombeck, DVM, PhD, created one of the first-of-its-kind pet nutrition books. It went on to become a standard reference for veterinarians and those looking for an alternative to commercial pet food.

Once again the professor emeritus at the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine is breaking ground and demonstrating that his overriding concern is for the health of dogs and cats. When the first edition went out of print, the good doctor made all the information available free at dogcathomeprepareddiet.com.

So, why DIY? Here are a few simple reasons to homeprepare your dog’s food, according to Dr. Strombeck.

  1. You can select and know the quality of the ingredients. Even when ingredients are listed on a commercial pet food label, you can’t verify the quality.
  2. When you prepare food at home, you can avoid the risks of contamination by bacteria, fungi and chemicals, including ingredients added to produce the desired color, texture, shelf life and palatability.
  3. You also avoid errors that can happen during any one of the many steps in the processing of commercial pet food including inadequate cooking and contamination from poorly cleaned equipment.
  4. You won’t be being misled by claims of formulations being balanced and complete when they are not.
  5. Doing it yourself gives you more control over special-needs diets. Commercial pet foods’ special diet claims often have no merit.

    Click here to read our 2007 interview with Dr. Strombeck.

This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 64: Apr/May 2011

Photo: Richard Seagraves

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Submitted by Anonymous | March 24 2011 |

In the early 70s, I lived in Israel. There were no commercial pet foods available at that time, and everyone just cooked for their dogs and cats. Then, in the late 1980s, I took a break from medicine and drove a semi, with my dog riding beside me. Some of the things I hauled were ingredients to a well-known pet food manufacturer. I was appalled. I did a little research into dog nutrition, and started cooking for my dogs. I think if more pet owners saw the raw ingredients that get shipped to pet food manufacturers, they would start cooking for their pets, too!

Submitted by Dog Lover | March 26 2012 |

If you enjoy cooking for your pets thats fine.However the clim there are no good commerical pet food products on the market is bogus.There are Many top quality brands.Im the owner of a 12 yr old Husky a ten year old Shepard and a 4 year old who knows what.I feed em a top quality brand and keep them up to date with vet visits.Lack of Vet care is the Big Problem.

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