Making Dog & Cat Food: The 101

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Since the beginning of 2018, at least two dozen pet food and treat products have been recalled for everything from E. coli and Listeria, to the euthanasia drug, Pentobarbital.

In February, the ABC7 investigative team discovered Pentobarbital - primarily used to kill cats, dogs and some horses - present in pet food made by Smuckers. More than 107-million cans of Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Ol' Roy and Skippy were pulled from shelves nationwide as a result.

In the wake of that investigation, countless people reached out, asking how to know what's really in pet food.

One way to have more faith in what you're feeding your pets: Make it yourself.

Homemade pet food has been part of the routine at my home for 18 years. In 2000, I had a young dog, maxed-out on human epilepsy medication and still having uncontrollable seizures every day. Several vets recommended euthanasia. One told me it was likely the result of the food he was eating. I began making his food that night. Within a week he was weaned from the heavy meds. He never had another seizure the rest of this life. I credit that vet with saving my dog’s life and have followed his guidelines for nearly two decades. I was able to catch-up with him in the making of this story.

The dog and cat food recipes are used with permission from Dr Pitcairn's Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.

Here’s a quick look at how to make homemade pet food – and how it can make sense both nutritionally, and financially.


Click here for full dog food recipe.

Click here for full cat food recipe.

Ready for dessert? Here's how to make easy, irresistible dog TREATS.


Click here for full pet treat recipe.

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