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Considering the Switch to Homemade Food? 5 Things You Must Know

The Problem with Pet foodThanks to several recent pet food recalls -- including the one in 2007 involving China’s illegal use of melamine and cyanuric acid to mimic increased protein – pet owners remain anxious about what’s really in commercial pet food.

Knowing where pet foods are manufactured may offer worried pet owners the opportunity to make informed purchases.

According to PetFoodIndustry.com:

“… Senator Dick Durbin, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee overseeing food safety, called for a hearing on the recall of these tainted petfood products and said that while it is not realistic to stop importing from countries like China, additional inspections may be one option for increased safety. Nearly all vitamins and minerals for human and pet consumption are imported to the US from China, according to Tiffany Bierer, health, sciences and nutrition manager at Mars Petcare US.”

Another option an increasing number of pet owners are considering is making their pet’s food at home from ingredients they select. People who choose this route do so to improve the health and longevity of their pets, or because they want their companion animals to eat the same quality of food they do.

However, according to veterinarians and pet food producers, it can be more difficult than pet owners realize to create homemade pet food recipes containing all the essential nutrients an animal requires.

Per PetFoodIndustry.com:

“Experts say that pet owners must be very careful. If pets are not fed the correct balance of proteins, fats, minerals and vitamins, according to clinical nutritionist Joseph J. Wakshlag with the Baker Institute for Animal Health at Cornell University, they can experience several health disorders, including anemia, broken bones and loss of teeth from lack of calcium.”