Cooking for Your Dogs and Cats

realfoodfordogs.jpg Andrew Adam Newman of the New York Times, on why sales of pet food cookbooks are suddenly on the rise: "A month ago, the thought of preparing home-cooked meals for a dog or cat might have seemed obsessive even for the most devoted pet lovers. But with tainted pet food being blamed for at least 16 pet deaths — and some veterinarians predicting hundreds more to follow — preparing lamb stew for the family pet suddenly sounds sensible to at least a few more people."

As pet health writer Christie Keith said in the San Francisco Chronicle a few weeks ago, "The human race and its assorted domesticated animals have managed to survive and reproduce for hundreds of thousands, even millions, of years, without the assistance of the modern food-manufacturing plant. This isn't a license to feed dogs a poorly constructed diet -- but rather a little reality check on the idea that your dog requires such a precise, nutritionally specific diet that you need finely calibrated laboratory equipment and a degree in nutrition to make his dinner. Aside from the willingness to do it, you really just need a few balanced recipes and the same measuring spoons and cups you'd use to make a cake from a mix."

The Pet Food List is a frequently updated list of companies that "have made statements that their pet food is not affected by the Menu Foods recall." My dog is a big fan of both Solid Gold (dry and canned food) and Stella and Chewy's (frozen steaks), both of which appear on the list; they're small companies that take more care with their ingredients and sourcing, and Jarvis thinks their food is pretty tasty!

Previously: What goes into your pet's food?

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