Chef Jason Hill may be able to stir up a decent guacamole, but his YouTube video recipe for homemade dog food left me scratching my head.
I don’t think Jason has any mal intent by posting something he believes to be ‘Vet Approved,’ though with nearly 50,000 views and hundreds of misinformed comments, I felt it necessary to take a moment and explain why some ingredients and diets could be harmful to your pet.
Jason mentions that the pet food recall a couple years ago caused a surge in do-it-yourself diets for dogs, but he did not mention any of the ill effects that veterinarians saw as many owners made the switch with the best of intentions.
Dental disease from lack of hard foods, obesity, malnutrition, and nutrient deficiencies are all problems that veterinarians saw across the country from owners who thought they were helping their pet by cooking homemade food.
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While some homemade diets won’t necessarily hurt your dog, owners need to be cautious. For instance, owners should never feed a puppy homemade food. It is very difficult for puppies to get the nutrition they need early in order to grow strong and healthy. For instance, calcium and phosphorus need to be in a certain balance in order to promote healthy bone development, which is very hard to calculate in home-made meals. (more…)