This article came with a strong endorsement from Gina Spadafori, the dedicated writer behind the PetConnection blog’s coverage of Menu Foods deaths. Having worked together over the past few weeks, naturally, that means a lot to us. The article, written before the Menu Foods Tragedy by another PetConnection writer Christie Keith asks the question “Is dog food inherently different than human food?”
It’s something we have never asked ourselves. We had always assumed that our four-legger would eat dog food and we would eat uh… well, whatever people eat (you know, junk food, cheese dip, and the occasional feel-good salad). Christie’s question isn’t about better dog food. It’s about better food. Period.
We certainly don’t think it’s a requirement that pet parents cook their own food — we’ll still buy food from the store. But it’s an excellent resource for those thinking about cooking for our furkids.
Highlights after the jump.
We cheerfully accept that kibble is a wonderful way to feed our dogs, when we rarely choose to live on Ensure meal-replacement drinks ourselves. But is it possible that the same foods that make up a healthy diet for humans — things like eggs, meat, vegetables and dairy products — might form the basis of a healthy diet for dogs as well?
Feeding our dogs out of our own kitchens has become such a widespread practice there are even dozens of competing ideologies: Raw food, prey model, home cooking, breed-specific, vegetarian and more — pretty much every ideology found in human nutritional circles has its canine counterpart. Thousands of dog owners in the Bay Area feed their dogs diets wholly or partially based on fresh foods, and there are tens of thousands more nationwide.
The best results usually come when the dog owner is exposed to a variety of approaches and ideas, rather than blindly following one guru or feeding plan. There are many worthwhile books on canine diets, and it’s a good idea to read several of them.