There’s much debate around what’s best to feed your four-legged-friend.
Let’s take a look at why some dog owners are feeding their dogs “raw, natural food.”
It’s been said that dogs don’t have the digestive system to cope with grains. Ironically, grains are one of the biggest sources of allergies in dogs.
Unfortunately, grains (and even soybeans) make up the majority of dog food company food sources. This is simply because they’re a inexpensive filler. Many pet owner’s found that when they switched their dog to a raw food diet, the dog’s allergies simply disappeared. Owner’s also noted several changes in their dog’s after making the switch: No more “doggie smell,” a shiny, glossy coat and less gas! Hurray! Many other health problems improved as well; such as skin issues and arthritic conditions.
Red meat makes up the majority of canine raw meals. Use what is available locally such as, raw lamb, beef, bison, venison and even pastured eggs. Organ meats can also be used, providing your doggie with essential fats, vitamins and minerals. In a wolf pack, the top ranking alpha male gets first pick of the kill and will always choose the liver and heart of their prey. These organs provide large amounts of energy and contain the highest amounts of condensed nutrients.
The raw food diet must also contain raw, meaty bones. These are an essential part, as they help keep their teeth and gums clean. Chewing on raw bones also helps the proper development of their neck and jaw. The marrow inside the bones, contains vital fatty connective tissue. The fats in the marrow are important for your dogs energy levels and also acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Fruits and vegetables are added to this diet as well. Low sugar produce such as apples, carrots, kale and broccoli make great choices. Blending them raw into a puree, then mixing them up with the meat works well.Where possible, you want to avoid using meats that have been raised inappropriately. For example, avoid beef that was raised in feedlots. Chances are that this meat will contain hormones and antibiotics that you don’t want your dog consuming. Preferably, the food should be as organic and natural as possible.
If you’re not into making your own raw dog food, many market’s are now selling it pre-made.
Note: When introducing raw food to your pet, start with very small amounts in the beginning. It may take time for their digestive system to get used to the change. You can start by mixing their old food with a tablespoon of raw food and work your way up from there. Monitor their bowel movements, as these will be an excellent indication as to how their adjusting internally.