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Raw Food

Since the dog has become a domesticated animal, there have always been differences in opinions regarding what is best to feed your dog.
In the beginning, dogs were fed the table scraps of their masters, which consisted of bread, various cooked meats, the ends and skins of vegetables and basically anything the family would not eat or couldn’t finish.

They have not become extinct nor wild, like their ancestors the wolf – so who is to say that one brand of kibble is healthier then another or that wet food should be given instead of kibble, or that dogs should be fed the newer trend of food: raw meat?

Your Veterinarian will be able to point you in the correct direction of diet for your dog’s specific needs, but ultimately you will choose which path you prefer. Most owners will opt for the kibble or dry food diet.

Today, there is a large variety of kibble dog food one could choose to feed to their dog. Ranging from the dry food your Vet will have in his office, to food you can buy in a specialty pet store and the dog food that is sold at your local grocery store.

Obviously the grade of ingredients indicates which dry food will be healthier for your dog but some owners believe that feeding a completely raw food diet is much healthier for their carnivorous pet.

The Dog evolved from the wolf, which eat and thrive in the wild. Living off smaller animals such as rabbits and fox, it is commonly thought that since dogs literally are wolves at heart, they would in theory, eat like them.

Raw food intended for dogs and puppies to consume is usually raw turkey, beef, venison, fish, duck or lamb. Any of these can be given every day, but it is best if the meat is varied throughout the week. Oats, various fruit juices and even plain yogurt can be added for extra proteins and nutrients.

For the most part, raw food should be fed to the dog completely raw. Some people prefer to cook the meat until it becomes more “well done” but cooking will only take away some of the vital nutrients inherent to meat.

The safety of feeding raw meat to your dog is not an uncommon concern, as types of meats will carry different genres of bacteria that could be dangerous if consumed by humans.

Although dogs have a different digestive system then we do, they are able to safely eat raw meat without any problems. Bones with the meat still attached to them is also a great meal idea to feed as they will not only intake vital nutrients, such as marrow and antioxidants, but they are excellent for scraping tartar away from the teeth leaving the dog with a cleaner, healthier mouth.

Feeding your dog raw meat can be an alternative to kibble if your dog has allergies. Many owners switch to raw meat when skin allergies appear or develop. It is common for many dogs, especially those in the Retriever family, to contract dermatitis or a type of skin ailment due to their diets.

The canine species was never intended to be fed grains or wheat, their diet consisted primarily of meat and protein but as dogs became more domesticated, so did their food. Today’s kibble, for the most part, does consist of some type of grain. Even those that are said to be low-grain or contain wheat ingredients will still have a percentage of grains in them.

Feeding raw meat completely takes this element out of the equation and many dogs have seen excellent results and have made complete recoveries from their skin allergies when switched to raw food.

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