Canadian pet owners looking to homemade meals for dogs, cats

Barry Glebe had tried everything to stem his dog Lila’s chronic stomach problems, but to no avail.

Tracy Martin feeds her dog Louis in Montreal. Following a series of melamine-laced pet food scares

MONTREAL — Barry Glebe had tried everything to stem his dog Lila’s chronic stomach problems, but to no avail.

His adopted West Highland white terrier had suffered terribly in the six months she’d lived with him and, despite trying every dog food possible, nothing seemed to work.

That was until Glebe discovered the wonders of home-cooked pet food.

“Within two weeks the dog had changed totally,” Glebe said.

“Besides her body being in shape, she was a much happier dog.”

Like Glebe, some Canadian pet owners are looking for ways to improve the health of their furry companions with a little home cooking.

Some pet owners have become more vigilant since several dozen cats and dogs died from melamine-laced pet food.

But the movement is also sparked partly by celebrities, some of whom post recipes online for pet food that can be made at home.

A belief that animal byproducts like bone and cartilage — a common pet food ingredient — are unhealthy, is also a factor considered when contemplating a switch in diet.

It’s an allegation that is denied by pet food producers.

“Animal byproducts are simply things that humans don’t eat but they’re perfectly nutritional and safe for pets, and in fact they provide an excellent source of protein and other nutrients,” said Martha Wilder, the executive director of the Pet Food Association of Canada.

Wilder added that the pet food recall of 2007 has led to widespread testing for melamine and more surveillance of pet food suppliers.

“Right now, we’re just trying to keep up with demand in Canada,” said Paul Quigley, who runs Pets4Life, a small family business in Owen Sound, Ont.

Just Posted

Manitoba files separate court action over federal carbon tax, seeks review

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government has filed its own court challenge of… Continue reading

Lacombe council seeking answers about policing cost overruns

Council surprised to find out about $240,000 policing budget shortfall

Red Deer fundraiser to help educate Somali orphans on May 11

The Mother’s Day event is for all ages

Lacombe to join municipal coalition spreading the word about importance of resource industry

Resources Communities of Canada Coalition to represent municipalities connected to resource industry

Gardening: Time and effort key to buying garden plants

Greenhouses, garden centers and box stores are set to start selling bedding… Continue reading

Montreal native Nicholas Latifi off to solid start on Formula 2 race circuit

Practice makes perfect for Canadian Nicholas Latifi. The 23-year-old Montreal auto racer… Continue reading

Bruins victory over Leafs ensures an American team will hoist the Stanley Cup

TORONTO — Many NHL players were either not yet born or too… Continue reading

Swole, buzzy, among new words in Merriam-Webster dictionary

BOSTON — Get swole, prepare a bug-out bag, grab a go-cup and… Continue reading

Garner graces cover of People’s annual ‘Beautiful Issue’

NEW YORK — Jennifer Garner graces the front of this year’s “Beautiful… Continue reading

Updated: Joshua Arthur Sanford has been found, says RCMP

37-year-old Ponoka man last seen on Tuesday morning

Inspired by a galaxy far, far away, these ‘Star Wars’ mementos could be yours forever

CHICAGO —The stuff of “Star Wars” —and there is unfortunately no better… Continue reading

Shoppers Drug Mart launches second online medical pot portal in Alberta

TORONTO — Medical cannabis users in Alberta can now get their therapeutic… Continue reading

Most Read