I hear it all the time, “ I can’t prepare meat for my dog; I’m a vegetarian.” The way I see it, if you’re not prepared to feed your dog a vegetarian diet, then you should consider the type of meat that is used in commercial products. It’s the kind of meat you never have to see or handle, but I assure you, the majority of it comes from factory farms where animals are crammed into deplorable living conditions. As if that weren’t enough, it isn’t the finest cuts that are selected to be rendered, processed and extruded into your dog’s kibble. What goes in are usually the parts not fit for carnivorous humans – the bottom of factory farming barrel. Some manufacturers have even been caught adding domestic pets to their product. When you opt to control the ingredients in your dog’s diet by making the food yourself, you decide where the meat will come from and which cuts are best. I’ll admit, having been a vegetarian for over 20 years, and yes, it’s gross most of the time. But knowing my dogs are eating a healthy, balanced diet of real food, out weighs the other issue. All the protein used in my house comes form local, free-range, organic farms, and small boat fisheries. That’s how I sleep at night. If you want to prepare a homemade vegetarian diet, I can help with that too.
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