Dogs and Raw Diet
This is something I have been researching for quite a while now and have in fact become quite the proponent of.
Like most dog owners without the knowledge, I fed my furbabies kibble. I believed what the companies touted, that is was complete nutrition that they needed.
Well, here’s some interesting facts for you to digest!
- A dog and a wolf’s DNA differ by only 2%, which “led to the Society of Mammalogists and the Smithsonian Institution’s taxonomical reclassification of dogs ( Canis lupus familiaris) as a subspecies of wolf (Canis lupus) in 1993 .” (Canid Genetics)
- Dogs are carnivores. Yup, carnivores! Forget all the hype about dogs being omnivores, a “dog has the anatomy and physiology of a predatory carnivore, of a hunter designed to subsist on other animals. It has the skull and jaw design of a carnivore: a deep and C-shaped mandibular fossa that prevents lateral movement of the jaw (lateral movement is necessary for eating plant matter). The jaw muscles are designed for crushing grips and powerful bites, with a jaw that hinges open widely to help gulp chunks of meat and bone. The teeth of the dog are pointed and specialized for ripping, tearing, shearing, and crushing meat and bone. Their saliva lacks amylase, the enzyme responsible for beginning carbohydrate breakdown; instead, they have lysozyme in their saliva, an enzyme that destroys pathogenic bacteria. They have highly elastic stomachs designed to stretch to capacity with ingested meat and bone, complete with incredibly powerful and acidic stomach acid (pH of 1). Their intestines are short and smooth, designed to push meat through quickly so that it does not sit and putrefy in the gut.” (Myth: DOGS ARE TOO FAR REMOVED FROM WOLVES/HAVE BEEN CHANGED TOO MUCH, AND THEREFORE CANNOT HANDLE A RAW DIET )
- Dogs do not have the digestive system to cope with grains. Grains are one of the biggest sources of allergies in dogs. Grains make up the majority of dog food company food sources. Many people find when they switch to an all natural diet, the allergies their dogs had disappear. This is common.
A raw diet provides a range of benefits that commercial dog diets can never hope to even closely match. These benefits include:
- No doggy odor
- It naturally cleans teeth – no need for toothbrushes and de-scaling jobs and virtually no gum disease
- The time it takes for a dog to chew a raw meaty bones give their stomach adequate time to get the acids moving
- Much less stools produced – and they are firm, and turn chalky after a couple of days
- Decreased vet bills; your dogs are healthier so they need fewer visits to the vet
- It replicates what a dog would be getting in the wild and even the modern day dog has a digestive tract exactly the same as a wolf
- Puppies develop at a more appropriate rate – and quick growth spurts are avoided. A GOOD breeder will want to stop fast growth in any pup.
- The ripping and chewing involved in eating raw meaty bones develops the jaw, neck, and shoulder muscles of the dog. Commercial dog foods will never assist in this important muscle development.
Pet owners switching their dogs from commercial diet to a raw diet have found the following:
- Most dogs that were sluggish and had low energy do a complete reversal once they are switched to raw feeding.
- Pet owners find that their dogs allergies disappear on a raw diet dues to the removal of the grains and additives in commercial foods.
- Canine arthritis significantly reduced or disappeared in dogs switched to raw
- Less incidences of overweight dogs with proper raw feeding
- No more doggy odour!
- Dogs statistically live longer on a raw diet than on commercial dog foods
- Bitches managed their pregnancies better
- Improved weight, development and survival figures in puppies
There are many problems with commercial dog foods such as;
- A dog’s food should never be cooked. It should be fed in a raw natural state like nature intended. Cooking breaks down most of the nutrients in food.
- Dogs should have access to raw meaty bones. These clean their teeth, work and develop their neck and jaw muscles, and the chewing action prepares their stomach for the incoming food mass. Chewing bones also slows down the eating process considerably, making it far harder for a dog to over eat.
- Commercial dog foods have as their main ingredient grains, additives and by-products. The main ingredient your dog should be eating is raw meaty bones. And it is these very grains that cause a range of problems such as allergies.
- Most commercial dog foods are laden with additives; flavoring, preservatives, dyes and salt.
- The majority of commercial dog foods are laden with carbohydrates. High levels of carbohydrates are linked to over-eating, diabetes, weight gain, and numerous other problems. A dog does not need carbs in their diet. It should consist of meat; raw meaty bones, organ meat, muscle meat.
- There is no substitute for a raw diet. You dog can get all the nutrients its body needs from this diet.
- Vets most likely recommend a commercial diet because of financial inducements and a lack of independent learning.
These are just a few thing to think about the next time you fill your beloved canine companions feed bowl with kibble. Whether it is store brand, top shelf or even the all natural organic, none of them can truly give you dog the full nutrition and health benefits that a natural raw diet can. Even the pre-made commercial ‘raw’ diets lack a great deal.
I’ll be bring you more info on raw feeding including busting the myths of raw feeding, the basics – how to get started and I’ll give you some great places to go to find a great deal more information to learn from and be enlightened!
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