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Nutrition Guide for Homemade Dog Food

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healthy dog foodWe are going to start sharing great recipes for homemade dog food. But before we do that we thought it would be a good idea to share some nutritional guidelines for your dogs. Before you start cooking your own dog food, make sure to speak with your Albuquerque vet to make sure you are meeting your dog’s nutritional needs and not feeding them anything they shouldn’t be eating. Remember that portion size will be based your dog’s height, weight and activity level.


  • 40% Protein – animal meat, seafood, eggs or dairy
  • 10% Carbohydrates – grains and beans
  • 50% Vegetables
  • Fat – from oil or meat
  • Calcium – crushed or powdered egg shells; a supplement
  • Fatty acids – cooked egg yolks, oatmeal, plant oils and other foods

Make sure to cook all food thoroughly to kill harmful bacteria.

Make sure to cook all beans, grains and starchy vegetables so it is easier for your dog to digest.

Do NOT make substitutions in dog food recipes without first consulting your vet.

The book Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets: the Healthful Alternative by Donald R. Strombeck, DVM, PhD, is an excellent resource for dog food chefs and is free online.

Foods your dog should never eat.

  • Chocolate
  • Onions and garlic
  • Avocados
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Raw bread dough
  • Alcohol

If you dog is vomiting, has diarrhea, is lethargic, refusing to eat, not drinking, or displaying any concerning health symptoms after eating homemade dog food, please call your vet immediately.

With a Heavy Heart, the Passing of Dr. Kay Duffin

Kay DuffinIt is with a very heavy heart that we say goodbye to one of our long time friends and veterinarians, Dr. Kay Duffin. Dr. Duffin was an incredible doctor with a passion for healing animals. She discovered her love of birds early on in her life and dedicated most of her life to healing and caring for birds and exotic animals. She was a very active member in the exotic bird community and her loss with be felt for a long time.  We are devastated by her loss and will miss her dearly.

If you would like to attend the service or send flowers it will be on Tuesday, January 24th at 11 am at:

John XXIII Catholic Community
4831 Tramway Ridge Dr NE

Please join us to honor this amazing doctor.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Dr. Duffin, please make one to:

Project Perry
PO BOX 1208
Louisa, VA 23093


Avian Dept
903 10th St SW
ABQ 87102 What address for flowers?

Does my pet really need an annual exam?

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Cat Dog SurgeryThe short answer? Yes.

The long answer? Yes, they do.

The annual exam is the only way to monitor your pet’s ongoing health. Your vet can track changes to make sure that there are not any big changes year to year in your pet’s health. The vet will also look for signs of any problems and catch them before they become a serious threat to your pet’s health. The vet will look at your pet’s skin, fur, eyes, ears, heart, lungs, joints, weight and even organs!

Most of the time an annual exam is a simple check up, but if anything is found you will be able to address is quickly and hopefully before it becomes an issue. This is also a great time to ask your vet any questions you may have about their health, diet or exercise. As our pet’s get older some of our care may need to change, and these are issues you vet will bring up with you.

Give your pet the best holiday gift. Give them a gift of health. Schedule your annual exam today.


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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.