The Top 5 Benefits of Raw Food For DogsA trial, conducted by the largest veterinary laboratory in the world, compared hundreds of raw food for dogs with dry dog food. This trial found that dogs fed fresh meat are significantly healthier than dry fed dogs (ANTECH 2003), immunologically speaking. The following, is just some of the benefits gained from changing a dogs diet to a raw meat diet.
Coat ConditionThe first physical change will be in the coat. Up to 40% of the protein a dog eats goes into their skin and coat! Thus when a dog is fed a low meat protein, cereal based diet (most dry foods) they will not have the protein spare to grow a healthy coat. In general raw dog food is high in fresh meat (protein) and fresh fat, which work together to fuel a luxurious coat, like the one you can see on Hector above (not a doctored image!).
Muscle ToneDogs are carnivore’s, meaning all they need to eat is protein (and fat). When fed this diet, they will shed the carbohydrate-fuelled fat to reveal their beautiful, sleek, firm body. Raw food for dogs is nearly always void of cereal filler (carbohydrates) which is central to getting a dogs weight and muscle tone right. Can you imagine a guy going to the gym to bulk up on a diet of 50% bread? Protein is the building blocks of muscle, organs, skin, hair and joints. There is no alternative.
Dental HygieneCutting out dry kibble and offering a dog some meat on the bone improves dental hygiene and reduces bad breath (9/10 dry fed dogs suffer gum disease by 2 years and 9/10 are dry fed). Kibble bounces off the teeth, so now there is specially formulated “dental types”. Unfortunately, the fact that dogs have no amylase in their saliva (it breaks down carbohydrate sugars in the mouth), means that the sugars in these dry food products fuel bacteria growth leading to poor dental health and hygiene (plaque, tartar, calculus, gingivitis, periodontal disease). Put simply, dogs need fresh meaty bones to clean their teeth, not cooked, raw. Here’s how to feed bones to dogs safely.
BehaviourThe improvement in behaviour from raw dog food is primarily due to the removal of dry food from the diet. This is why the top behaviourists recommend it. Dry pet food is thought to fuel poor behaviour in three ways:
- It is high in easily digested carbohydrates, which fuel high blood sugar and insulin levels, long linked to poor behaviour.
- It is full of chemicals (just have a look at the back of the packet).
- It has a low vitamin B content (the mind soothing vitamins), and the B vitamins are very sensitive to long storage times.
Raw Food for Dogs Produces Less Waste, Thus Easier to Train and Better KidneysThe amount of salt in dry food begins at 1.2%, the same percentage of salt that is in salted peanuts (and 4 times a dog’s RDA of salt per meal!). If there was no salt in the dry foods, the dogs would not touch the stuff. Due to the high amounts of salt in their diets, dry fed dogs drink huge amounts of water, causing higher amounts of urine. Toilet issues aside this fuels kidney disease in dogs. Then there’s faeces! The stool is the window of digestion. As fresh food is easier to digest than cooked food, it leads to improved digestion, meaning less faeces. Stools from raw dog food also smell nothing like the stools from dry dog food, another little benefit. To sum it up, meat and bone is the ideal diet for a dog and this is before we discuss the scandalous amount of kidney disease, pancreatitis and cancer occurring in dogs today. The dry food diets are simply not working out for them. Usually ,the next question is, is feeding raw dog food expensive? To answer this, it is necessary to figure out how much a dog needs each day.
DOGS FIRST LOVES PALEO RIDGE RAW DOG FOOD
“I’m a canine nutritionist and fully realise my dog needs fresh meat and bone. However, I’m also a campaigner for the better treatment of animals. This is why I use Paleo Ridge raw dog food. It’s the most ethical raw dog food company I can find – all outdoor-reared or wild meat mixes and largely organic. Even their packaging is biodegradable. All delivered to your door for no more than the price of their competitors. Nobody gets close.”
Dr. Conor Brady