Because you are making your own dog food, you are now going without the necessary added vitamins and minerals in your dogs food that commercial pet food companies are able to add to their food. Because of this, we are left with the daunting task of providing these essential things ourselves. But the question is, where do we find such things and what the heck does my dog even need?!…This was the trickiest part of my transition to homemade dog food. It just seemed very overwhelming to me. I spent hours upon hours of researching what kind of supplements my dog needs and what products could provide that for him and I think i finally figured it out.
Here are the essential vitamins and minerals your dog needs in their daily diet: Vitamins A,B,C,D,E, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, chromium, zinc, copper, iodine, manganese, lactobacillus acidophilus, plus probiotics to support a healthy immune system.
Another subject that was really tricky for me was the calcium to phosphorus ratio a dog should have in their daily diet. Everyone kept saying how important it was and how it was the number one thing people can screw up when switching to a homemade diet that can cause major health issues for your dog if not done correctly. So I knew I had to figure this thing out and make sure that I was doing it right. Here is what I discovered…Of all the minerals required for your dog, calcium is required in the greatest amount. Calcium is essential in their body for many things such as, blood coagulation, muscle contraction, and nerve impulse transmission. Phosphorus is the next mineral that is required in a high amount. Phosphorus deficiency is a significant problem in dogs and is the most common mineral nutrient deficiency in animals all over the world. However, to much phosphorus in a diet can cause renal failure which is also a common problem. Therefore, it is really important that you get his tricky ratio just right. Foods high in calcium are also low in phosphorus and vice verse. It is very important that you feed the correct ratio of around 1.2 parts calcium for each 1 part phosphorus (1.2:1).
Here are the products I use: This took me weeks and weeks of researching all different types of supplements until I finally decided on Animal Essentials Herbal Multi-Vitamin supplement and Animal Essential Seaweed and Calcium supplement and they work great! They are all natural and have all of the vitamins and minerals as well as the correct calcium to phosphorus ratio I was looking for. you can find this product on amazon and have it at your doorstep in just 2 days! I mix in the correct amount to milo’s food everyday and he doesn’t even seem to notice!
Overall the beginning stages of making your own dog food can be very overwhelming and you feel like you have no idea what you just got yourself into but once you get all of this craziness figured out and you see your dog licking their lips after a satisfying meal you will come to find it is very worth it in the end!