Why feed raw?
Dogs are descendants of wolves. While thousands of years of domestication have changed our dogs considerably, one thing has not changed...their dietary needs. Many people are worried about dogs getting sick from raw meat, but dogs unlike humans have special bacteria in their mouths and enzymes to digest raw meat.
Benefits of feeding raw:
1. Fewer allergies
2. Healthier skin & coat
3. Reduced tear stains
4. Cleaner teeth
5. Healthier body weight
6. Less clean up in the yard
7. Ear infections disappear
8. Spend less money at the vet office
Overall wellness includes mental stimulation, physical exercise, a healthy diet, and lots of positive attention. Different breeds have different needs of the above. A Basset Hound for instance may not require the same mental stimulation and physical exercise as a Border Collie. The Basset Hound's mental stimulation will include a lot of nose work, while the Border Collie would much prefer the mental and physical stimulation of herding sheep.
While the size portion of food varies by the size and physical activity level of dogs, the content remains pretty much the same. Muscle & organ meat, bones, and vegetables are at the top of my list.
Disclaimer: This page is for educational purposes only. Holistic Behavior Solutions is not affiliated with any of these people, companies, or websites. Always consult your veterinarian before making any drastic changes in your pet's lifestyle.
If your dog could walk in the kitchen and prepare his meal, what would it look like? As a society, we have been conditioned to feed our dogs dog food. Dry, packaged kibble packed full of preservatives to increase it's shelf life. How did our dogs go from eating table scraps and real food to eating cardboard nuggets.
The Whole Dog Journal puts out an annual review of the best rated dog foods on the market. This can be very helpful for those who don't know what to look for. To get started...look at the first three ingredients listed on ingredient label usually found on the back of the bag or can. The first three ingredients should be from a whole meat protein source such as beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, duck, or fish. I believe it is important in some cases, but not all, to avoid grains. Luckily there are more and more grain-free foods available.
Corn, wheat, and soy often cause allergies in our pups (and sometimes in us humans too). These should be avoided at all costs! Dollar for dollar, you may pay more for these premium foods, but you will not have to feed nearly as much as you would a food devoid of good ingredients and you will likely save money down the road at the vet!