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Should I be making homemade pet food?

The occasional home-cooked meal is likely fine for most healthy pets. But to regularly feed your pet a home-cooked diet isn’t as simple as deciding what to cook for dinner tonight. Store-bought pet food is nutritionally balanced and fortified for their needs. If you do want to cook for your pet, you’ll need to meet with a qualified pet nutritionist with board certification in veterinary nutrition or a Ph.D.-trained animal nutritionist. They’ll develop a detailed recipe for your pet’s specific needs and recommend appropriate supplements to help prevent nutrition-related health problems later. - Cailin R. Heinze, VMD, MS. DACVN, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University

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