The Homemade Cooked Diet
The Homemade Cooked Diet differs from the Raw Diet in that all the food is cooked. It is a good alternative for owners who do not wish to feed a Raw Food Diet. It is a good alternative for dogs that may have trouble processing raw foods or have special needs issues, but this diet must be supplemented with Calcium to replace the missing aspect of raw bones.
Cooked diets can be made ahead in larger quantities and then frozen into feeding sized portions. Just take out the frozen portion from the freezer the night before and allow it to thaw in the fridge. Hot water can be added to the thawed cold food to bring it up to room temperature before serving. All supplements can be added at this time.
The Basic Rule Of Thumb
The rule of thumb for a Cooked Diet is 40% protein, 30% grains, 30% vegetables. As you should not feed cooked bones to dogs, powdered bone meal and other supplements must be added to the cooked diet to make it nutritionally complete. As with the husky raw diet, this diet must be nutritionally balanced and complete, or your dog’s health will suffer. Please do consider getting the advice and guidance of a Canine Nutritional expert before switching your dog to a Home-Cooked Diet.
As with any diet, switch your dog over slowly to keep him from having digestive problems.
The problems with this diet very much mirror the problems with the Raw Diet. Convenience certainly suffers in a Home Cooked Diet. Meals must be planned and made ahead. Travel or boarding issues are the same as with the Raw Diet. Food must be kept at safe temperatures, but there is no danger of raw food pathogens in the Cooked Food Diet.
One area concern with the Cooked Food Diet is that cooking foods at temperatures above 118F tends to destroy or lessen the bio-availability of enzymes and some macronutrients. Cooking meat can change the molecular structure of its proteins rendering them less nutritious. Some vegetables can lose some of their nutritional value in the cooking process. However, the nutrition of the ingredients in the Home Cooked Diet is still more wholesome and viable than the high-temperature processing that occurs in many processed kibble foods.
The truth is that there is no such thing as the perfect husky diet. They all have their benefits as well as their limitations. All we can do as good dog owners is to become very informed and take our cues from our dogs. It can become very apparent when looking at a dog whether or not it is thriving on its current diet. If your dog is not doing well with its current diet, consider making a change. Get help with creating a new diet from an appropriately qualified professional.
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