The New York Times recently ran a story about pet owners making home-cooked food for their canine and feline companions. They featured one such pet owner, Barbara Laino, who cooks unprocessed organic food for her two dogs and three cats.
Laino teaches her technique to other pet owners, many of whom are at their wit’s end trying to find a food that will help with their pets’ health issues. When medication and other forms of treatment didn’t work, these pet owners started looking at holistic remedies like changes in diet. And according to the article, after making these changes, these health issues cleared up.
In the midst of pet food and pet treat recalls, pet owners seem to be looking for a healthier alternative for their pets, and many of them are turning to organic options. According to the Organic Trade Association, sales of organic pet food were $84 million in 2009.
Laino includes the following in her home-cooked meals:
40 pounds of pasture-raised chicken necks
20 pounds of chicken giblets
five pounds of carrots
a whole cabbage
several other fruits
Another pet owner mentioned in the article uses different ingredients:
Heather Kalinowski lives in the Seattle area with her husband, newborn son, and two rescued pups – an Italian Greyhound named Ava and a Spaniel mix named Jackson. She enjoys reading, writing, spending time with her family, and volunteering with Italian Greyhound Rescue.