Can I cook my dog’s meals at home?

Your dog needs very specific nutrients prepared according to AAFCO pet food standards. Feeding your dog unbalanced and incomplete meals can lead to severe health hazards and illnesses. It is NOT recommended that you feed your dog home cooked food unless you are a certified dog nutrition specialist.

Will adding a multi vitamin to the food I cook for my dog at home make the meal complete and balanced?

AAFCO nutrient profiles are very specific and delicate. Essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and amino acids are critical to your dog’s health, and if they are not met your dog will become deficient. At the same time, some of the vitamins, minerals and fatty acids if exceeded become toxic to your dog. That’s why it is very difficult to prepare a balanced and complete meal by just adding a multi vitamin supplement.

What is AAFCO?

AAFCO is an acronym for the Association of American Feed Control Officials. AAFCO is a non-profit organization that sets standards for both animal feeds and pet foods requirements in the United States.

Why should I feed my dog NutriYum?

Our recipes are delicately formulated by a certified dog nutrition specialist according to AAFCO standards, to ensure they are balanced and complete. We use 100% natural human grade ingredients as well as super foods, providing all the necessary nutrients for a healthy and happy dog. NutriYum’s well-balanced meals are free from non-nutritious and possibly harmful ingredients such as grains, nuts, corn, wheat, gluten, fillers and preservatives.

Does cooking dog food kill all the nutrients?
It all depends on how the food is cooked. In our kitchen, the meals are gently cooked preserving most of their nutrients and are fortified with vitamins, minerals, omega 3 fatty acids, seeds and herbs that will give your dog the optimal nutrition that they need for a healthy digestion and a shiny coat .

How do I feed my dog NutriYum cooked meals?

You will receive NutriYum dog food frozen. You can order quantities in advance and have your dog food in stock in your freezer. Remove one bag from the freezer and let it defrost in the refrigerator 12 hours before serving. Once the food is defrosted, put the recommended quantity in your dog’s bowl. If it’s too cold you can leave your dog’s bowl outside for 5 minutes at room temperature before serving it. DO NOT heat the food. DO NOT refreeze after defrosting. Keep the defrosted package in the refrigerator and use within 3 days.

How do I introduce NutriYum to my dog?

When you introduce a new food, you need to do it gradually in order to make a smooth transition on your dog’s digestive system. Start by mixing ¼ of the recommended quantity of NutriYum with your dog’s old food for 3-4 days. Then mix ½ the recommended quantity of NutriYum with your dog’s old food for another 4 days. Finally, switch completely to NutriYum.

How much should I feed my dog NutirYum meals?

Dogs should be fed based on their age and weight according to the feeding instructions included on the label. Since each type of meal has a different number of calories per serving, please follow the feeding guidelines specified on each package. The feeding suggestions represent the total amount of food to be consumed per day. We highly recommend that you feed your adult dog twice a day by dividing the daily quantity in two portions. As for puppies, pregnant females and lactating females we recommend that you feed the daily quantity in 4-5 portions. You can find the feeding instructions in cups and in grams for each meal type in our product details. A cup is the same measuring cup used in food recipes. Measuring cups are available in the website.

Why is the color of the finished product in some meal packs of the same food type slightly different?
We use the same top quality ingredients mentioned in the food labels for our cooked meals from local and international suppliers. As for the traits of these natural fruits like size and color , it all depends on where and how the food crops are being bred and cultivated before distribution. Some of the fruits (especially berries) and vegetables may differ in color and size hence affecting the color and texture of the end product. We guarantee the same nutritional values.

How much do I feed my overweight or underweight dog?
The feeding instructions on the labels are for an average weight dog. Hence if your dog is slightly overweight, you should reduce the recommended daily amount by 10%-15% until your dog reaches the targeted weight. If your dog is underweight, then we recommend that you increase the daily amount by 10%-20% until the targeted weight is achieved. For overweight and obese dogs, and dogs with allergies book a consultation with our nutritionist.

What dog age is considered a puppy? 

Dogs up to 12 months of age are considered puppies (Growth phase) and should eat NutriYum puppy food. 

What age is considered adult for a dog?

Dogs 1 year and above are considered adult dogs and should be fed NutriYum adult food.

What does Growth & Reproduction mean?

Growth refers to puppies less than 4 months, and Reproduction is for pregnant and lactating dogs. Dogs in the Growth & Reproduction phases should follow a puppy food diet.

Which food do I feed my pregnant dog or lactating dog?
Pregnant dogs and lactating dogs need more energy and more nutrients to support their growing puppies, as well as breast milk production. Hence, we recommend feeding your dog NutriYum puppy food [<4 months] and dividing the daily portion into 4 to 5 servings per day.

At what age is a dog considered a senior?
In general, small to medium dogs are considered seniors at about the age of seven years. But larger breeds become senior sometimes as early as five years of age. 

Which food do I feed my senior dog?
Senior dogs are fed NutriYum adult food, however we recommend that you add special supplements to the food to slow down the aging process and to support their organs’ functions, digestive system as well as their joints and motility. Check out our natural supplements’ section!

Is it normal for my dog’s poop to have mucus in it when I switched from kibble to cooked food?

Yes, a change from a commercial to a healthy and natural food diet will start a slight detox action where toxins are excreted from the body through mucus and water. These symptoms will disappear in a few weeks. That’s why it is recommended that you gradually switch to a new food.

 My dog developed gas and diarrhea from switching to the new food! – Is this normal?

Always gradually change your dog’s food. If the gas and/or diarrhea persist, it might be that your dog has either an intolerance or an allergy to one of the ingredients. You can try to reduce the new food and gradually increase it again. But if the symptoms continue, then it’s better to stop the food. Please keep in mind that if your dog is allergic to one of the ingredients, it means that you SHOULD NOT give your dog any food containing this specific ingredient.

What is food allergy?
Food allergy happens when the dog’s body mistakenly identifies a certain ingredient as a foreign body (an allergen) and creates antibodies to fight this foreign body.

What might be the signs of food allergy?
Common allergy symptoms may include skin rash, hives, itching, paw biting, obsessive licking and sometimes nausea, diarrhea or vomiting. However, please keep in mind that allergies could also be environmental allergies or even be some other illnesses. If you notice similar and persistent symptoms, please check with your vet.

If my dog is allergic to any of NutriYum’s meals or ingredients, does that mean there’s something wrong with the food?
Allergies are totally related to a dog’s own immune system and NOT caused by the quality of NutriYum cooked meals, especially since all NutriYum meals are made with 100% natural, human grade and high quality ingredients. Please note that if your dog has an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients, you need to eliminate that ingredient from all of your dog’s diet.

Can I rotate between the different types of NutriYum cooked food?
If your dog is NOT intolerant or allergic to a certain kind of food, then it might be beneficial to offer your dog a variety of food by switching occasionally between NutriYum meal types. Of course this will depend on your dog’s liking and digestive system. When you first introduce your dog to a new NutriYum meal type, please follow the same process of introducing a new food. Once your dog is used to the new food you can freely rotate between the different types of NutriYum meals.

How do I store the NutriYum meals?
Our meals are packaged frozen. They are valid in the freezer for 3 months from production date. Once defrosted, the food pack has a shelf life of 3 days in the refrigerator.

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