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The Raw Truth About Eating Healthy
Everyone wants to know what the best food to feed their dog is and the answer for many is raw food. It can be a hard concept to grasp as we are taught that raw food contains harmful bacteria, but what we need to remember is that a dog’s system is built to handle this bacterium, unlike yours and mine. Dogs are natural hunters and they have a very short intestinal tract that is equipped to digest and consume raw food.
The health benefits of raw food are incomparable regardless if your dog is small, large, older or younger. As healthy as the best kibbles on the market are, kibble is still a processed food much like humans, dogs benefit from eating nutrients in their natural form. While kibble certainly has a role in a dog’s diet as it is cost effective, convenient, cleans their teeth and provides them with nutrients they need, a raw diet can have additional significant positive results for your dogs overall health.
There are quite a few choices when it comes to picking which protein source you want to feed your dog. When transitioning, it’s easiest for your dog if you pick the same meat that is in their kibble. You have options such as chicken, which is one of the easiest protein sources for your dog to digest, to venison, which is extremely low in saturated fats and helps your dog grow to be strong and lean, to salmon, which is excellent for your dog’s skin and coat. Another major component of a raw food diet is uncooked bones, such as marrow bones, which contain calcium, complex fats and vitamins – all imperative to a dog’s optimal health.
Consider how much raw food your dog will eat a day and choose the format that works best for you – whether the raw food comes in containers that you need to thaw and portion or packages of frozen patties. You will need to also look at the ingredient list, as some raw food meals contain a protein source as well as fruit, vegetables and vitamins and some meals contain just protein. If you choose a food that does not have some of the other nutritional sources in it, you will need to make sure your dog gets those vitamins in a supplement, such as Omega oil, tripe or Missing Link.
The best way to make sure your dog receives all the nutrients they need is to feed them a variety of healthy food – a mixture of fruits and vegetables as well as meats and fish. This is true of whatever food you choose to feed your dog, kibble or raw. Your dog’s health is directly related to the food that you feed them, and while every dog has their own individual needs and preferences, the benefits of raw food are hard to overlook.