Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.
I am sorry to hear about this concern.
No, a multi-vitamin is far from perfect. Why?
Well, its not just about ensuring appropriate vitamins and minerals.
It is about having the proper proportions of protein, carbs, and fat as well.
I have a client, just saw today. He does his own prepared meals at home and does raw
Unfortunately, this basenji
is now having issues with persistent protein in the urine, as well as, excessive struvite crystals (often caused by the urine pH being too high due to the diet
So, it is not that home cooked will damage the kidneys. Dogs can process all sorts of foods like we do. The problem is in it being properly balanced.
If available, if you stick with a food company like Science Diet or Royal Canin you really should be fine.
I am a huge fan of simple, premium foods. Does not have to be holistic, and certainly, not raw. Well balanced, ingredients from U.S., and Science Diet is one of the only companies that tests the diets. Most foods are "formulated", meaning the person testing the food is you, on your pet!
It is primarily China and India where some problems have been arising.
Also, some great links for your answer as well:
Another option for helping you to prepare a at-home meal, but not as a replacement to a true consultation with a nutritionist:BalanceIt Food Recipe Maker
Here is some information on the AAFCO requirements for dog food
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