Cook For Your Pet Day

November 1st is Cook For Your Pet Day! We know, if it were up to Fido and Fluffy, every day would be Cook For Your Pet Day. However, whether you want to make your pet’s food regularly, or just bake them the occasional snack, there are a few things to keep in mind. A local Murrieta, CA vet lists some of them below. 


There are some advantages to cooking your furry pal’s meals. For one thing, you’ll know exactly what they’re eating. Being able to offer your pet high-quality, organic food is a definite plus! You’ll also be able to customize your pet’s menu to fit their tastes and/or any specific dietary needs they have. This can be particularly helpful for people whose pets have allergies or other dietary considerations. 


There are a few downsides to cooking for your pet. First and foremost, it does require more work than popping open a can. You may also find it more expensive. And, it may take some trial and error to sort out what works best for you and your pet.


Generally speaking, Fido and Fluffy can have many of the same things. Plain, cooked, de-boned meat, fish, or poultry is fine for both of them. In fact, these things should make up the bulk of your pet’s meals. That said, you can add things like sodium-free broth, organic baby food, or cooked eggs or rice. Dogs and cats can also have certain types of fresh produce, such as apples, bananas, spinach, peas, carrots, and pureed pumpkin.

Unsafe Foods

Not everything in your kitchen is safe or suitable for your furry friend. Never give your pet anything that includes garlic, onion, scallions or chives. Grapes, currants, and raisins are also unsafe, as are pitted fruits, chocolate, meat on the bone, raw dough or yeast, nuts, mushrooms, xylitol, and caffeine. You’ll also want to avoid adding a lot of fat, salt, or sugar. Ask your vet for more information. 


There are lots of recipes for homemade pet food and treats online. Feel free to mix and match. Or, try your own. Just be aware that many of these may not provide the right nutritional percentages for your pet. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Please contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your Murrieta, CA vet clinic, we’re here to help! 

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