You d have more control over the nutrients, with the same emotional benefits of sharing a meal with your pet that you d have with a human.

The following infographic from Breeder Retriever shows some basic guidelines for using your slow cooker to make dog food, one layer at a time.

But we have to urge you to use caution: this is a formula, not a recipe.

Homemade food is a great option for many pets, but we recommend that owners avoid general recipes from books and the Internet and instead consult with a board-certified veterinary nutritionist, said Jennifer Larsen, an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC Davis and lead author on the study.

These specialists have advanced training in nutrition to help formulate customized and nutritionally appropriate recipes.

So use this infographic as a guide click here to enlarge — and then show it to a veterinary nutritionist to get their thoughts about which ingredients are best for your pet.

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