Homemade dog food not what the veterinarian ordered, study finds

07/24/2013 | PhysOrg.com

Most homemade dog foods do not supply the right mix and quantities of nutrients dogs need for good health, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. University of California, Davis, researchers analyzed 200 dog food recipes, some written by veterinarians, posted online and in books. Just nine of the recipes evaluated met the standards of the Association of American Feed Control Officials, eight of which were written by veterinarians. "It is extremely difficult for the average pet owner -- or even veterinarians -- to come up with balanced recipes to create appropriate meals that are safe for long-term use," veterinarian and researcher Jennifer Larsen said.

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