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Cook for Your Pet Day

Today, November 1st, is Cook For Your Pet Day! If you like cooking, you may want to try making something special for your furry buddy. Read on as a White Rock, TX vet discusses cooking for Fido and Fluffy.

Benefits of Home Cooking

There are some benefits to cooking for your pet. For one thing, you’ll be able to know exactly what your four-legged friend is eating. You’ll also be able to control the quality of the ingredients. It may also save you some money.

Common Mistakes

If you do want to cook for your furry pal, you’ll need to look out for common pitfalls. Inadequate/improper nutrition is a big one. A quick online search will turn up dozens of pet food recipes, many of which contain mostly meat, poultry, and rice. While these ingredients are fine, they don’t offer sufficient nourishment in and of themselves. Fluffy and Fido also need specific vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. Customization is another thing to consider. Don’t make the mistake of just relying on a few social media posts for recipes. It’s important to realize that every pet is unique. A lapdog will have very different dietary requirements than an active working dog. That’s why it’s absolutely critical to consult with your vet before putting your pet on homemade food.

Ingredients

Be sure to only use ingredients that are safe for pets. Plain, cooked meat, chicken, or fish, without the skin, bones, or fat, is fine. You can also add certain fruits and veggies, such as cooked squash, pumpkin, spinach, or peas; bananas; apple slices; and kale. Your furry pal can also have small amounts of cheese, as well as liver powder and/or wheat germ oil. Peanut butter is also okay, though it’s more of a treat than a main course.

Unsafe Foods

Many foods that are safe—and even healthy—for us are toxic to pets. Never give your pet chocolate; garlic, onion, scallions, or chives; pitted fruit, especially avocado; alcohol; grapes, currants, or raisins; nuts; or anything that contains xylitol. Meat on the bone is also dangerous, as are raw dough, meat, and yeast. Some foods are safe on occasion, but shouldn’t be fed regularly. Organ meats, like liver and kidney, fall into this category. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Please contact us, your White Rock, TX vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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