Sunday, October 7, 2012
What is a Raw Diet and is it good for my dog?
A raw diet recreates the way your dogs ancestors have eaten in the wild for thousands of years. Left to their own devices, their typical daily diet, like that of their wild cousins wolves, would involve catching/ finding and eating another animal. A raw diet returns your dog to this more natural and healthy form of nutrition, as if they had hunted and caught their own "perfect" dinner.
When a carnivore eats an herbivore (plant and grass eating animal) like a rabbit or a deer, the carnivore eats some meat, some bone, some organ meats (liver, heart, kidney, etc.), and a small amount of green vegetation contained in the herbivore's digestive tract. These ingredients are the five main food groups of a good raw diet.
Raw Diets are a healthy alternative to the dry, cooked dog food. However not everybody will agree or even feed their dogs raw meat. I myself do not because my male dog Buddy has slight food aggressions and having that raw meat with blood brings out the most basic canine in any dog and that can cause some aggression issues in our home. For me its just a safety hazard.
I personally believe feeding a mix of Raw and Natural Dry Dog food is most beneficial for any dog at any size. And here's the kicker, getting raw food is a bit cheaper than the dry foods, especially if you are feeding a nice mix of dry and raw.
Raw diets are HIGH protein and low grain. In that case you will need to exercise them more so they can get work that fat into muscle or they could put on unwanted weight. Their coats will be cleaner and will shin with gusto. Their stool will have virtually no smell and they will enjoy the true canine in themselves. The con can be the salmonella your dogs could eat. Salmonella resides in chicken and other raw meats. To keep the salmonella infection from occurring is to feed the raw meats semi frozen and in MODERATION. Always mix dry kibble along as a feeding source.
If you are interested in introducing the Raw Diet to your canines, do your research as to the BEST meats for theirs specific breed and make sure you mix in the dry food that will give them the other nutrients they will need. Such as fruits, veggies and anti-oxidants.
Form your own opinion about the Raw Diet, its' not a must, but it is healthy.