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Home Cooked Meals for your Pet

May 2, 2011

HOME-COOKED MEALS FOR YOUR COMPANION – IS THIS RECOMMENDED?

The concept of a natural, wholesome diet for our pets is no new revelation. Our parents, grandparents and great grandparents, certainly would have fed our pets some delicious and nutritious meals from left overs from the table. Our pets did extremely well on these diets and lived to a ripe old age free of common ailments like skin allergies, irritable bowls, rotten teeth and certainly not cancer.

Yet, nowadays, many people are too “afraid” to prepare a home cooked diet for their pets, concerned that they may not get the balance right. For many, they just do not have a clue where to start.

There are also so many misperceptions about natural and home-cooked food. The most common is that natural food does not clean teeth. Other misperceptions are that wet food produces wet stools and that garlic is dangerous. All these and others, are simply not true and hold no factual argument. Perhaps, this is a reason why many discerning pet owners do not have the confidence to prepare meals from home.

Our suggested natural diet has adopted scientific study and research on correct nutritional values, to formulate a recipe that is both user friendly and incredibly healthy.

Suggested Recipe

There are only two considerations in formulating a natural and nutritious home cooked meal for your companion animals. The first is the ingredients that you use and the second is the method used to cook these ingredients.

 

Your recipe should include up to third meat, a third grains and a third vegetable and greens. The meat can be beef, chicken (preferably free range), mutton and/or ostrich.

The grains should include all of or a combination of brown rice, lentils, barley, oats, millet and split peas. Your vegetable mix should include blended raw carrots and green veggies and a variety of fresh herbs and cold pressed olive oil. One can also include cooked butternut and sweet potato.

 

What is important to note when cooking, is that the grains must be cooked thoroughly. This will make them easily digestible and maintain all there nutritional values. Only afterwards, once you have turned off the gas/electricity will you add your meat but make sure only to sear the meat and not over cook.

Finally you mix in your vegetable blend.

I wish many welfare organizations would establish kitchens from where to prepare their companion animal’s meals rather than relying on commercial companies for hand outs, that always comes at a cost.

For the pet owner at home, there is some very satisfying and comforting about feeding natural food. One will also be amazed to find out that it actually works out to be very economical.

I have no doubt that in terms of nutrition and balance that this is the desired feeding regime.

What not to feed our pets

Junk food is obviously bad for our pets – sugars, chocolates, dairy, snacks laden with preservatives. What is bad for your children is bad for your pets.

I have a simple rule: food that is not good enough for you is not good enough for your pets

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Vondi’s Holistic Pet Nutrition is a registered nutritional pet food that is natural, wholesome and free of preservatives. www.vondis.co.za

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