The pet food industry has been selling consumers a whole lot of toxic foods, if Ann N. Martin, author of Foods Pets Die For: Shocking Facts about Pet Food, is to be believed. For example, did you know that unless you take home your deceased pet and either cremate or bury them yourself, your vet sells them to pet food companies? Or that much of the ingredients in dog food is fecal matter, restaurant waste–such as styrofoam trays and diseased animals? Is it any wonder why our dogs and cats are starting to develop the same illnesses as humans?
According to animal trainer and author Pamela Dennison, once she had learned what was really in dog food, she switched to feeding her dogs a mostly raw food diet. Making sure that your dog receives a balance of protein, essential fatty acids, carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits, vitamins and minerals from your home cooking may prove a challenge, but here are 5 recipes you can easily prepare to support your pets health.
Pumpkin Sardine Dinner (Makes 5 cups)
1 29-ounce can pumpkin (alternate with cooked butternut squash or sweet potato)
1 cup frozen spinach, defrosted
1/3 cup flaxseed meal
2 3.75-ounce cans sardines (water packed, drained)
Combine ingredients in a glass bowl and mix well using either a potato masher or a large fork to ensure breaking down the sardines. Cover and refrigerate between servings.
Banana Yogurt Smoothie (Makes 1 cup)
1/2 ripe banana, peeled
¼ cup blueberries
½ cup unsweetened yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
Mash together ingredients in a bowl and serve immediately.