Let me tell you why we make only natural homemade dog food for our dogs.
Our dog, Fletcher, had been our beloved pet for over eight years before he suddenly went into cardiac arrest. We rushed him to the vet and discovered that his stomach was filled with tumors. He died in our arms on the vet’s examination table. Needless to say, it was a heart-wrenching experience and one of the worst days of our lives.
Later, we began to question why such a young, seemingly healthy dog would die so unexpectedly. We thought we were taking good care of him. We fed him what we considered to be, and what was advertised as, a well-balanced, nutritious diet. We exercised him regularly, socialized him, groomed him. Where did we go wrong?
The doctor believed his tumors were probably caused by toxins in the commercial dog food we were feeding him. This was the typical over-the-counter dog food sold at the supermarket or discount store. How could it have done this to our precious family pet?
Since my husband and I started blogging about dogs, we have heard from many people who have suffered through similar sad stories. Dogs that normally lived to be 15-20 years were dying at eight, nine, or ten years of age — riddled with cancerous tumors.
Something is seriously wrong with this picture.
It got us to examining what is in these commercial dog foods. Not all of them are created equal and it’s up to us as our pets’ caretakers to know what is in the foods we are feeding our dogs. What we discovered in our research was shocking. It’s no wonder people are looking for alternatives!
One of the best alternatives we found for mealtimes is to make our own natural homemade dog food. In fact, we have been advising people on how to do this now for a couple of years. It’s really very simple.
Before you decide that we are some sort of “animal rights whackos” or are using scare tactics just to sell you a product, please understand: We could care less whether you buy anything from us. In fact, there are very few blogs on here, if any, that even offer a product for sale. (I think right now the total is none.) Occasionally, I’ll mention something in a blog that has struck my fancy, or something about which I have heard good things. But we are pretty much all about happy — and HEALTHY — dogs.
Our pets deserve the best that we can give them. They depend on us for everything – their food, shelter and safety. And most of us dog owners want to give them all that and more!
But, after our experience and conversation with our veterinarian, we decided we wanted to learn more about what was in our dog’s food. So we did some investigating and what we found out was nothing short of appalling. Believe it or not, most commercial dog food formulas contain a lot of toxins and other dangerous chemicals. We knew we had to either find a safer brand of dog food (and there are some out there, although they’re generally pretty expensive) — or start making the food ourselves.
When we started making our own dog food we discovered a few things:
- It’s much healthier for our dogs to eat only the food we prepare.
- Making dog food at home is much cheaper than buying those cans or bags of commercial dog food.
- Our kids loved to help. It gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment to know they were doing something good for their pet. And it teaches them that owning a pet is a big responsibility.
So remember, when you prepare your natural homemade dog food recipes, get your kids involved too. They’ll love it and it’s a great way to spend quality time as a family.
It wasn’t long before we ran across other people online who were making dog food at home and so we started sharing healthy recipes. You will find many recipes on our other website called naturalhomemadedogfood.com
I fervently hope no one has to go t rough the pain and sorrow of losing their family pet at so early an age as we lost our Fletcher. And I hope you never have to feel that you are somehow responsible for such a loss! But now we feel good as we watch our dogs gobble up their dinner each night because we know they’re eating a healthy diet of natural homemade dog food.
We highly recommend this method for feeding your dogs as well. You’ll be glad you did.