Homemade food VS Commercial dog food


Advantages of commercial prepared diets

·         Easy to feed

·         Require little or no preparation

·         Complete and balanced, providing all necessary ingredients

·         Convenient packages and easy storing


Advantages of homemade prepared diets

·         Custom made and fulfilling the dog’s nutritional requirements 

·         All ingredients are known and fresh

·         No additives and contaminants

·         No by-products

·         Possibility to use ingredients not found in commercial foods

·         Possibility to fulfil nutritional requirements of dog with clinical condition or with more than one clinical conditions for which there is no commercial food diet

·         Possibility to avoid some adverse reactions of food in some dogs

·         Bonding owners with their dogs as they prepare their food personally

·         Could be Vegetarian, Vegan, Grain free

·         Better tailored to the dog's specific needs

·         Could follow owner’s social beliefs and religion traditions

·         Highly palatable and suitable for finicky pets


Disadvantages of commercially produced pet foods

·         Sometimes contain unknown ingredients (variable formulas)

·         Sometimes contain by-product

·         Sometimes contain colourants, preservatives which may cause adverse food reactions (allergy)

·         Could be not palatable and animals to refuse them

·         Could be highly palatable and to lead to overeating

·         Could have high caloric density and to lead to obesity

·         Very expensive (semi-moist foods)

·         Could lose the original taste quality after long prolong storing (dry foods)

·         If not consumed immediately require fridge temperature for storing (wet foods)


Disadvantages of homemade diets

·         Require serving preparation (warming till room temperature and mixing as ingredients may layering)

·         Require time for preparing and cooking

·         If not consumed immediately require fridge/freezer temperature storage


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