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Home Cooked or Raw Diets for Dogs and Cats Are Not Necessarily Balanced

Date Published: 05/05/2003
Date Reviewed/Revised: 03/14/2018

Neither nor its parent, Veterinary Information Network, believes that a home cooked or raw diet is best for pets. However, many people would like to use home cooked or raw diets for their pets. We suggest that people wishing to feed one of these diets first consult with their veterinarian and do significant research before embarking on one. The more you know before you start, the better the nutrition will be.

See the American Veterinary Medical Association's position on a raw food diet.

After consulting with your veterinarian, you might also consider contacting the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. They can help you locate a nutritionist.

Other resources:

Nutrition consultant Rebecca Remillard, DVM, PhD, DACVN, will formulate a specific diet for a fee.

The Small Animal Clinical Nutrition (Fifth Edition) textbook has dietary formulas for healthy pets and for those with medical conditions.

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition: "The Bad Bug Book"

Dietary Supplements Warnings and Safety Information