When it comes to your dog, we know you want the best for them. This is especially important with your pup’s diet. Like humans, dogs rely and thrive on balanced meals with the proper nutrients to keep up with all of the fun things you do together. For this reason, you may wonder about the ingredients in your dog’s store-bought food. What kind of ingredients do dogs really need to thrive? Here’s why you should choose your dog’s food with ingredients that offer balanced nutrients and few additives. We’re even sharing some recipes to make your dog’s food right at home!

THE BENEFITS OF NUTRITION FOR DOGS

Nutrition is one of the core predictors for your dog’s health – and yours as well. Part of loving your dog and making the best choices for them has to do with the food you provide for them. Commercial dog food may be readily available and provide your dog with a complete and balanced meal, but many include byproducts and other unnecessary and (probably) unwanted additives. According to the American Kennel Club, while commercial dog food might not be nutritionally inferior, it is at best monotonous for your dog. There are more whole food options available now, but they can be pricey and sometimes difficult to find. If your pup has allergies, you’re likely to be even more particular about what’s in their food. In these cases, cooking your own meals at home might be a great option for you.

BENEFITS OF HOMEMADE DOG FOOD

There are several benefits to making your own dog food. The primary concern for many pet owners is over ingredients. By making homemade dog food, you don’t have to worry about what’s in your pup’s meals. If your dog has allergies, it’s much easier to keep an eye out for any allergens or cross contaminants. And finally, cooking for your dog is a unique way to bond with them. Keep in mind that all dogs require different nutritional profiles based on their size and activity level, and it’s important to make sure any homemade recipe meets the nutritional standards for your dog or puppy.

HOMEMADE DOG FOOD RECIPES 

Think you want to try making your own dog food? Here are a few recipes to get you started.

Raw Beef and Egg for All Stages

A combination of eggs, beef, and other ingredients filled with necessary vitamins and nutrients for your pup. This recipe meets AAFCO standards for puppies and adult dogs.

Trim the Pounds with Turkey, Rice, and Veggies

Made from lean ground turkey, brown rice, and a vegetable mix, this recipe is great for dogs who may need to lose some weight.

GOT MORE QUESTIONS?

Interested in learning more about homemade dog food or some brands that we recommend? Call or email us, or reach out the next time you’re in one of our Good Dog Spot locations!

Call Us to book your spot (413) 534-1333

35 C North Chicopee Street Chicopee, MA 01020

139 King Street Northampton, MA 01060

ABOUT US

Our Mission is to ensure pet parents’ peace of mind by providing consistent, compassionate grooming services and a nurturing, safe and fun environment for pets to socialize and grow through our daycare and overnight programs.

Chicopee hours

  • Monday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Tuesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Thursday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Saturday  8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday  8:00am - 9:00am
    & 4:00 - 5:00pm 

We are closed between 12:30-1:30 for lunch

Northampton hours

  • Monday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Tuesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Thursday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Saturday  8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday  8:00am - 9:00am
    & 4:00pm - 5:00pm

We are closed between 12:30-1:30 for lunch

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