8 common nutrients that are missing in home made/prepped dog diets

Feeding your dog a complete and balanced diet is incredibly important for a long and healthy lifespan. As more people have become aware of the benefits feeding their dogs fresh food in recent years, many dog parents have jumped into cooking or prepping meals at home. Unfortunately, many recipes that we follow from the internet are not balanced and have nutritional deficiencies, and these deficiencies will take a very long time to show in our dogs health condition.

Here are 8 common nutrients that are missing in home made/prepped dog diets:


The MOST common missing nutrient especially in home cooked recipes. Calcium can be sourced from bone, eggshell, or supplements and it is a crucial nutrient to support bone and joint health.


Deficiencies in copper can cause low white blood cell counts, muscle weakness and nervous system abnormalities. Copper can be found in animal livers or fish.


Deficiencies in zinc can cause loose stools, vomiting, issues with skin, slow wound healing, etc. The best source of zinc is from oysters, but you can also add animal liver, kidney, heart or fur to get this nutrient into your dog’s diet.


Deficiencies in manganese can cause poor joint and connective tissue health, proclivity to ACL tears, slow metabolism etc. Manganese can be found in green lipped mussels, gut contents, fur/feathers, or even ginger, cinnamon, and certain seeds.


Deficiencies in iodine can cause obesity, poor skin & coat. A great source of iodine is kelp or seaweed.


Deficiencies in iron can cause anemia, lethargy, shortness of breath and exercise intolerance. Animal spleen, heart, kidney, and blood contain higher percentages of iron.


Deficiencies in folate can cause issues with DNA synthesis and red blood cell formation – leading primarily to anemia. The best sources of folate come from plants such as mustard greens, broccoli and asparagus.


Deficiencies in selenium lead to nail loss, skin/nail abnormalities, fatigue/tiredness, and low immune system functionality. Ingredients like heart and liver from cows & bison are a great source of selenium.