Nutritional Recipe Needed

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Dear Dr. Debra,

The recall on pet foods really concerns me and I, since I respect your opinion, I would like to know how you feel about pet food. At this time, would you feel safe feeding purchased pet foods to your pets? I am seriously considering making all food for my pets because of the fear that they may become sick. Since I am aware that the proper nutrition is essential to the health of my pets, I am currently searching for a couple of recipes that will provide all of the nutrients they need. Do you have any recipes that you feel would give my poodles all of the nutrients they need and, if yes, would you please share your recipes with me?I am very impressed with Thank you for all of the educational and useful information that you provide. Your vast knowledge of animals and obvious concern and love for all pets is wonderful!Thank You!

Danita Slangal – Warner Robins, Georgia


Hi Danita– thanks so much for your email and kind words about PetPlace. We try very hard to give you the information needed to keep your pet as happy and healthy as possible.

I agree that this is a difficult time for pet owners and hard to know what to feed. I think there are safe foods out there.

I, as well as most veterinarians, am very hesitant to recommend recipes to pet owners to make homemade pet foods. In my experience, I've seen many more problems from owners feeding a poor quality homemade food than from pet food manufacturers.

It takes a substantial amount of dedication to make a nutritious and consistent homemade food for dogs and cats. I have very few clients that do it and do it well enough that I feel totally comfortable with what they are feeding.

With that being said, I do have a couple recipes. Please show these to your vet and make sure they think they are okay before you use this long-term.

For the recipe, please go to Homemade Food for Healthy Adult Dogs.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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