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The study found that dogs on home-prepared diets had some of the most deficient vitamin D levels.
There are many forms of calcium that can be added to your home-prepared diet to meet your dog's requirements.
Lauten recommends that owners who intend to feed a home-prepared diet start their pups on a good-quality commercial puppy diet, at least for the handful of crucial months when a puppy is most vulnerable to problems caused by inadequate or excessive calcium.
Even people who feed a home-prepared diet are prone to fall for the convenience of a recipe that they replicate daily or weekly without variation.
What I needed to do was to build a team of like-minded and experienced home-prepared diet formulators and raw-diet feeders who could collaborate on the creation of diet guidelines and analysis of products and recipes prepared by other formulators.
The first step in a food-elimination trial is to think hard about all the types of food you have fed to your dog, and then gather the ingredient lists for all commercial foods the dog has received, or foods you have included in his home-prepared diet. Write down (or list in a spreadsheet) all of the ingredients in the foods your dog has eaten.
Feeding a top-quality commercial dog food or well-formulated, home-prepared diet will ensure your dog receives the nutrients he needs.
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. Whatever her level of comfort or budget, we will (over the course of the year) be publishing articles that will help her identify the traits of diets in those categories that more commonly produce fit, healthy dogs.