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Owners Cooking Meals For Their Dogs Has Some Vets Worried

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Dog Meal Trends Worry Some VetsMore and more owners are cooking meals for their dogs. They’re becoming more and more conscious of what they feed their dogs. This trend has some vets worried.



One example is a couple from Denver, Robb Horen and Dana Hood, who claims to give their pets meals with only the best ingredient.

“It’s called Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health and it’s a premix of oats and vegetable. It’s all organic and natural then we also use some grass fed beef,” said the couple.

Robb and Dana have been cooking human-grade food for their dogs for years.

“We wouldn’t want our dogs to eat anything that we wouldn’t be comfortable eating,” they said.

Checking out the shelves of Denver PetSmart store shows the couple aren’t alone.

Fresh meat meals like chicken and brown rice, to ocean white fish and seasonal veggies, whether it’s refrigerated, frozen, or mix and serve – the pet store has it all

The Nestle Purina Pet Care is aware of this trend, thus creating “Just Right,” an online customizable meal you can create by answering questions specifically for your dog.

The food option makes Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, a Denver veterinarian, worried.  “My worry with that is, are these rations they’re making nutrinionally complete?” Dr. Fitzgerald asks.

He recommends talking to your pets’ vet first before you start customizing meals to make sure your pooches get the right nutrients.

It’s something Robb and Dana consider. “We do a mobility supplements, hip and joint blend. We do an immunity blend as well to boost their immune system. Multivitamins balances out the whole package,” the couple said.

Purina’ “Just Right Blend” is 30-70% more expensive than regular dog food, depending on the options you select. Robb and Dana says that it is worth it if you look at the big picture.

It also means a healthier dog, lesser vet bills, and a better quality of life for your pooch.

Source: FOX31 Denver