Why homemade dog food is the best.
Since we equate health and well-being with what we eat, we should consider the same is true for your Yorkie’s homemade dog food. All processed pet foods, whether sold in cans, bags or frozen at the larger supermarkets and health food stores are missing the most important ingredient. It is a quality found only in freshly grown, uncooked whole foods – Life energy!
Having a happy healthy and trim puppy is what we want. Having a wholesome diet is our goal when we decide to make homemade food.
Since dogs are meat-eaters (carnivores) and according to Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats is in our opinion the go to resource for pet food made at home.
Store purchased food can contain marginally appropriate protein, some Yorkshire Terriers can have a sensitive stomach making them intolerant to some ingredients, by-products, etc.
When you feed your puppy a fresh and a more natural diet, it will take some extra time and a little effort, but fresher is more rewarding as you will see. Variety is one of the most important principle when you do-it-yourself feeding.
Even though there are high-level chemical contaminates in meat, it is one of the most natural foods for carnivores.
Ideal Homemade Dog Food
The current AAFCO standards suggest only 18 percent minimum protein for adults dogs’ maintenance and 22 percent for reproduction and growth. The minimal level for fat is 5 percent with 8 percent for reproduction and growth. There is a definite relationship between fat and protein in a diet. The more fat, the more protein is needed.
Average Caloric Needs for Adult Dogs
How much do I feed my Yorkie?
Typically your dog’s appetite is a good guideline on how much to feed. The above table will help you gauge the quantities to prepare based on average caloric needs for dogs and the caloric content. Making your dog food at home is gratifying to see your pet spring back to health because of a good diet. It is even more remarkable to hear about the health of a pet fed homemade dog food inclusive of a natural diet from an early age.
Edibles That Should Be Avoided
Poisonous Plants and Shrubs – To avoid poisoning your favorite pet, you need to keep dangerous plants out of reach or replace them with safer alternatives. Yorkies are adventurous pets who love to explore their surroundings. In many homes, Yorkshire Terriers live indoors, and also spend time in the yard and garden. Some indoor and outdoor plants are toxic if eaten by your dog.
Chocolate – Being one of the most popular treats for humans, dogs eating chocolate can lead to some serious health problems for your beloved pet. The ingredients contained in chocolate are toxic when they enter your pet’s digestive system. The result of a Yorkshire Terrier eating chocolate is often catastrophic and in some cases, leads to death.
Onions – Being an ingredient common in human meals, Onions are another food to avoid. Many pet owners don’t realize these vegetables can affect your pet’s well-being, with some serious consequences. When your Yorki eats onions, toxins in these vegetables create a blood disorder called haemolytic anaemia. Dogs become ill and can develop health problem including liver damage which will affect their quality of life.
Mushrooms – Mushrooms are another popular type of food humans love, but can put your Yorkie’s health at risk. Toxins in mushrooms often lead to serious health issues such as canine liver disease, kidney problems and even death.
Fatty Foods – Yorkshire Terriers are no exception when it comes to a diet containing too much fat which is unhealthy for most animals. Many health problems develop if your Yorky is fed high fat food for a long period of time. Obesity and even diabetes can develop if you dog is living this type of unhealthy lifestyle.
Your Yorkshire Terrier diet and the type of food they eat often decides how long your pet lives and whether or not they lead a healthy life. These adventurous pets love exploring their surrounding, and will attempt to eat anything in their way. This means they could be eating food they shouldn’t. Identifying potentially dangerous food and stopping your Yorkie from eating these types of food can save your dogs‘ life and help them live a better life too.
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