Have you given much thought as to what is the best dog food for your own beloved pet? There are so many different brands to choose from, many with ingredients that are difficult to pronounce or that simply don't sound like something you'd want your dog to eat.

With frightening reports of dogs becoming ill, or even dying from eating tainted or toxic foods and treats, it's no wonder the decision to make your own dog food is becoming more popular.

To start learning how to make your own dog food from scratch, first check with your own veterinarian for their advice about switching to an all-natural homemade diet.

You can ask their opinion as to what is the best dog food in terms of natural ingredients, and what would be best for your dog's specific health needs.

Some ways to tell it's time for a new diet for your pooch is if they're showing signs such as excessive shedding, having large or foul smelling stool, having a dull, unhealthy looking coat, or if they seem prone to frequent ear or skin infections.

These may all be warning signs that your dog isn't getting enough vitamins or the right amount of protein they need. By taking control of his or her diet, you'll be able to give them exactly what they need to look and feel their best.

A good rule of thumb to follow when you make your own dog food is that their diet should ideally be comprised of 50% meats or proteins, 30% carbohydrates, and the remaining 20% from vegetables. By using this guide, you'll know your dog is getting what he needs to maintain good overall health.

One of the most important things to remember when searching for or creating your own recipes for healthy dog food is that many foods that are nutritious for humans, could actually be very toxic to our pets.

You'll want to make sure that you don't feed your dog any foods such as onions, raw garlic, raisins, avocados, nutmeg, raisins, and of course, chocolate. All are known to be harmful or toxic to canines in some way.

In nature, wild dogs don't have anyone microwaving or heating their food for them after they've found a meal, so it only makes sense that the more raw or uncooked meals your dog eats, the better.

Most methods of cooking actually deplete or considerably lessen the amount of vitamins and nutrients that are present in the food's natural, uncooked state. Foods without added preservatives or chemicals will keep your dog healthy and well-fed.

If you're just starting to make your own dog food from scratch, you may feel a bit overwhelmed at first, trying to make sure you are choosing the right ingredients and making certain you've covered all of your pet's nutritional needs.

By balancing their diet with the right combination of ingredients, you'll soon notice the positive affect your extra love and care will have on your dog.

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