Faced with a barrage of recalls and worries about dangerous ingredients in the commercial pet food their animals may have been eating, owners are understandably confused and concerned.


Since March, millions of cans and pouches of pet food have been recalled by manufacturers in Canada and the U.S. that are believed to contain melamine-tainted wheat gluten from China — identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the likely source that has caused the deaths of a number of animals. David and Arden Boehm of Toronto have two Bernese mountain dogs and with the exception of their older dog Baron, who is 13, follow the BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food or Bones and Raw Food) diet for Eden, their seven-year-old female.


He and his wife set aside at least a day every two weeks to prepare the dogs’ food in advance. They grind mainly organic vegetables and meats for the dogs in a food processor. “I find it is easier for their digestion,’’ he says.


“We researched this particular diet and discovered the best vegetables to give them were leafy green, carrots, broccoli, squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower and kale.”


However, they stay away from onions, peppers, avocados, beans and tomatoes.

Veterinarian Grant Nixon of Penticton, B.C., — the co-author of Better Food For Dogs — says whenever a client approaches him about home feeding their animal, he tells them to research the literature.