When was the last time you bought diet dog food for your wonderful dog at home? As you were grabbing that giant bag, did you happen to look at the ingredients on the bag? Well, if you didn’t, I will give you a clue. I think after I list a few of these you may want to rethink your dogs diet and put him on a raw dog diet.
The ingredients that are there are blood meal, bone meal and the fat from dead carcasses. These things are not healthy for your dogs health. Processed dog foods are mostly fillers that can cause a severe lack of nutrition and a deficiency in the essential fatty acids that are necessary for a dogs health.
The problem that you may find in reading a dog food label is understanding the jargon used. Unless you know the terms that are used and how they apply their wording, it will be like reading a different language. But there are a few things that you can look for in diet dog food.
If the first word is a meat, such as chicken and is not paired with another word like (flavor) this has to contain 95% chicken. This is thanks to the AAFCO regulations. If you see the word “nuggets” then beware, the meat can be as low as 25%.
I looked up a popular high brand dog food (actually, the one that I had been using) and the first 3 of 10 ingredients were ground yellow corn, poultry by-product meal, and corn gluten meal. This tells me that it is full of fillers and parts of a chicken that I don’t want to know about.
A raw dog diet is getting back to the basics. It is time to for everyone to give our dogs a better diet and better health. There are more health problems today than ever before according to veterinarians. This type of diet will build up your dogs natural immune system, helping him to fight disease and aging naturally with its own resources in the body.
The raw diet is prepared only once per day. It is easy and worth every minute to ensure your dogs best health. This diet can help fight things such as arthritis, skin problems, and obesity. We all know how obesity affects us as humans, well, it is actually becoming a problem for dogs as well. This is due to inactivity because of malnutrition and empty calories of all the fillers and grains that are not meant for dogs.
Dogs are carnivores, they do not have a digestive system that is designed for cooked foods. Have you ever seen a dog devour a dead animal and never become sick from it? I think every dog has found a dead bird and has eaten it and digests it perfectly fine. This is because dogs have the setup for this kind of diet.
A raw diet dog food consists of raw meat, (any muscle meat will do), veggies and whole grains. Half of the diet should consist of meat since this is what their system is meant for. The rest of their diet can be carrots, apples, cauliflower, beans, whole grain bread, nuts, and eggs.
Plan on preparing the same amount of food that he eats now of the dry dog food. Any adjustments can be made along the way. You may find that he won’t need to eat as much because he is getting dense nutrition.
When preparing the vegetables, it is great if you can juice them. This allows the enzymes to digest it easier. You want to include a variety of vegetables every day to give him the best potential to get a good dose of vitamins and nutrients.
Make carrots the base of the veggies, then you can alter the others each day. Carrots are full of potassium, calcium and the important vitamin A, B, C, D, and E. Vitamins A and C will be in the greens, and the apples a great source of Vitamin C.
Flaxseed is very important as it is an Omega 6 and Salmon or fish oil which is an Omega 3 essential fatty acids. This is important for your dog’s joints and coat. This should be given with Omega 6 as well.
It is always important to go over any changes you are making in your dog diet food with your vet. Your vet will be able to advise you as to any particular health needs or supplements.
You and your dog will benefit so much from a raw dog diet. You will feel more confident and peace knowing exactly what your dog is getting and you will enjoy seeing the change in him every day, as he becomes more of his younger self. Wishing you and your dog a great and healthy life.