The Pros and Cons of Homemade Dog Food

Due to the poor quality of many brands of dog food, a recent trend has to make dog food at home using fresh ingredients. The best quality dog food is premium brands that use real meat and vegetables to create a healthy, balanced, nutritious diet. However, these can sometimes be expensive or difficult to find, so many people turn to homemade dog food as a better option. Here are the pros and cons of homemade dog food:


  • Depending on the ingredients used, making dog food at home can be much cheaper than purchasing commercial dog food.
  • By deciding what kind of dog food to make and choosing the ingredients, an owner knows exactly what is in their dog’s diet.
  • Ingredients will be all natural so there is no risk of illness caused by chemicals and unhealthy fillers.
  • If a dog is a picky eater then homemade foods can be catered to their tastes, making sure they are eating enough.


  • Making a meal daily is time-consuming and often inconvenient.
  • Ensuring a meal is properly balanced with nutrients can be difficult and research must be done. Supplements may need to be used and the recipe should be approved by a professional animal nutritionist to make sure the dog’s nutritional needs are met.
  • To get high-quality ingredients it can sometimes be more expensive than purchasing even premium dogs foods.
  • Fresh ingredients have a shorter shelf life so must be purchased on a regular basis.

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