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Here are some pointers for formulating and preparing homemade pet diets.
Use cooked gram weights. Don't use cups as a unit of measurement, because a “cup” can vary greatly depending on how fine you cut ingredients. Cooked gram weights (you'll need a scale) is the most accurate way to measure food amounts.
Make large batches and freeze the food. Put the food in plastic bags and lay them flat in the freezer to save space and have portions ready to go.
Keep recipes on hand. Have available complete and balanced homemade diet recipes properly formulated by a nutritionist available for owners of healthy dogs and cats. If clients want more recipes or the patient has special needs, send them to a board-certified veterinary nutritionist.
Grind and blend the food, if possible, so pets don't pick out individual ingredients.
Avoid Maillard reactions by poaching ingredients, not roasting or grilling. Maillard reaction damages protein structures, which may affect essential amino acids absorption or increase antigen load in the diet.