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Just like for people, there are plenty of benefits that come from providing home cooked dog food.
Of course, just like for people, there are right ways and wrong ways cooking homemade dog food. In fact, recent research has shown that 95% of home prepared diet recipes that are commonly available don’t provide the right levels of essential nutrients and goodness.
For instance, many recipes contain fruits and vegetables. This is often fine as they can provide our pet pooches with the same goodness they provide us. However, some are nutritionally inadequate or actually toxic! We all know not to feed dogs grapes but what about onions? Or mushrooms? It really isn’t as simple as giving our furry friends the same meal as us.
It’s also really important that your hungry hounds get plenty of what they need. Dogs need the right ratios between calcium and phosphorous, and omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids, for instance. Sounds pretty complicated, doesn’t it?
So, how to get all the benefits of homemade dog food while ensuring your peckish pups eat all the right things? Different Dog are here to help.
Our recipes have all the benefits of home cooked dog food but with the peace of mind they’ve been nutritionally balanced by our pet nutritionist and vet. They are also hassle free – we are like your own private doggy chef.
We also run “Cook for your Dog” evenings at our Different Dog Kitchen to help inform people about the importance of a healthy doggy diet and to teach owners how to prepare healthy, nutritious hand cooked dog food at home.
Back in 2015 I worked in the dog food industry. I got to know manufacturers, visit factories and understand how dog food is made. The more I learned, the more concerned I became.
We all know that you are what you eat. Yet we continue to feed our dogs the same food day in, day out. Often the shelf life is measured in years, and the food doesn’t even need to go in the fridge. What’s more, it doesn’t seem to have changed in years.
When we got our new puppy, Crumble, it didn't feel right to give her processed food. So we started making food for her ourselves, as we do for our children. She loved it and thrived on it. We started making it for her friends as well, and they all loved it too. People told us their dogs had shinier coats, better digestion and more bounce. So we decided to help as many dogs as we could by setting up Different Dog.