Homemade VS Commercial

April 17, 2017

Homemade Vs Commercial

You must decide between commercial dog food or home cooked food.


Some things to know about manufactured dog food:

  • Many contain fillers - many so-called "high quality" brands just contain less fillers than cheaper brands. Fillers are completely empty ingredients with zero nutrients and zero calories. These are put into manufactured dog foods in order to plump up the "food" to make it look as if there is more and to fill up your dog's stomach (while offering no nutrients). They pass right through a dog's body, without being absorbed.

  • Many contain coloring and additives which can cause allergic reactions   

  • Dogs need to eat meat. They are carnivores by nature. Manufactured dog food labels many things as "meat" including chicken beaks, animal paws, roadkill and animals that have died in transit. 

If you do decide to offer a manufactured dog food, we would recommend Health Extension or Orijen. Remember that you get what you pay for, and therefore these brands are priced higher than what you'll find in your local pet supply store or supermarket.


Making food at home is easy and in most cases, less expensive. Many of the ingredients are those that you normally buy. Buying in bulk saves money. For example, if you are purchasing chicken, you can purchase a large bulk package, putting some aside for you and some for your Boxer.


The main ingredient should be fresh, wholesome, real meat. This is what a Boxer needs. 35-45% of the mixture should be one or a combination of:

  • Lean, white breast chicken

  • Lean hamburger

  • Turkey

  • Lamb

  • Veal

  • Fish - Tuna, Mackerel

Next are vegetables. This should make up 25-35% of the home-cooked meal. This can include wholesome, fresh veggies which you can mix in raw or steamed including:

  • Carrots

  • Broccoli

  • Potatoes

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Cauliflower

  • Sweet peas

  • String beans

Next will be starch in the form of rice (white or brown) and/or pasta. Pasta is fantastic for a Boxer, offering great nutrients and wholesome real food for health and energy.


Don't forget about fruit. Many of the fruits a Boxer can eat are packed with antioxidants and are low in calories. Banana, mango, cantaloupe, pears, watermelon, blueberries and raspberries are among the top choices. Some, like watermelon are super high in water content, which can help a dog reach his daily water requirements. 


Finally, if you are home cooking, a good daily canine vitamin and mineral supplement should be mixed into one meal each day or given in tablet form. 


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