Homemade Dog Food
WebMD provides information on homemade dog food nutritional needs and supplementation, storage, recipe tips, and cost.
Homemade Dog Food: Shelf-life and Storage
Commercially prepared foods have a long shelf life. Not so with homemade
meals, Abood says. “It’s a ‘pro’ that you’re choosing fresh ingredients; it’s a
‘con’ that you don’t have a long shelf life.”
For small dogs, owners can concoct a big batch, freeze it, and pull out
portions as needed. “It’s going to last for quite a while,” Abood says. But
meals for big dogs are best stored in the refrigerator because, as Abood says,
“It’s going to be gone in two or three days.”
The bottom line: Home-cooked diets can be very healthy and rewarding
for owners, but require a time commitment and extra cost from the owner, and
consultation with a veterinarian to make sure the diet isn't causing harm.