Is home-cooked food suitable for my dog?

If you are willing to take the time and do the research to ensure that your dog is receiving a balanced diet, home-cooked food is an acceptable alternative to commercial meals. Simply feeding your dog the same thing you eat is not a successful approach.

Dogs who eat human food often suffer from pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas caused by eating rich spicy food), intestinal upset, poor digestion, and malnutrition. Although commercial dog diets have greatly improved the health of the canine population (and made caring for dogs easier for their human families), many dog owners and researchers are now interested in taking dog nutrition to the next level.

It is possible to create a fresher, more natural balanced diet for your dog, but it requires time and commitment. There is a great deal of information on this topic available in the form of books, Web sites, and Internet discussion. Some veterinarians are interested in and knowledgeable about the topic, while others recommend only commercial diets. If you are considering a home-cooked diet for your dog, do your homework first and seek out a veterinarian who can guide and support you.