This dose was established in 1973, when I started feeding my own dogs a raw, home-prepared diet
, and the amount was based on guidelines from the National Science Foundation.
There are many different ways of feeding dogs --commercially prepared dry, wet, semi-moist, freeze-dried, and frozen options, as well as home-prepared diets
that are cooked or raw, including both BARF (bones and raw food) and prey-model methods.
Brown has analyzed hundreds of home-prepared diet
recipes and found that they frequently fail to reach many of the nutrient guidelines developed by AAFCO, NRC, or FEDIAF, particularly those that use high-fat meats or exclude vegetables.
Happily, a sort of canine-diet dream team has come together to work on a series of articles that will help owners formulate healthier home-prepared diets
for their dogs--or identify the commercial raw diets (fresh, frozen, or dehydrated) that are genuinely nutritionally "complete and balanced" (in contrast to the vast majority that claim to be complete and balanced, but have potentially serious nutrient overages, deficiencies, or imbalances).
Also, even if it's a single-protein, single-carb "limited ingredient" commercial diet, any "complete and balanced" food will necessarily contain more ingredients than a home-prepared diet
that contains only the protein and carb sources.
Once she sees her dog improve, she will likely be on board for further dietary improvements--whether that's an even better kibble, or the inclusion of some good-quality canned or frozen raw food, or a well-researched home-prepared diet
Feeding a top-quality commercial dog food or well-formulated, home-prepared diet
will ensure your dog receives the nutrients he needs.
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When I analyze home-prepared diet
recipes at the request of dog owners, I'm not concerned that the diets meet NRC guidelines exactly, but they should be in the same ballpark.