RAW MEAT FEEDING YOUR DOG IS THE MOST NATURAL & HEALTHY DOG DIET
When you think of dog nutrition, do you automatically think that dogs are strictly meat eaters? This is a misconception. Although dogs’ teeth are designed for ripping and drinking flesh, dogs actually eat many other foods as well.
Dogs are descended from the wolf. In their wild state, wolves are readily adaptable to their environment and will eat other foods when meat is not available. It’s not uncommon for a wolf to eat berries and certain types of tree bark, among other things, to gain nourishment.
So what can you safely feed your pet to maintain a healthy dog?
Dog Nutrition Can Cover Many Types Of Food Between Meat
The food you feed your dog must take care of two things: build new tissue and provide energy. It is especially important to puppies because they are still in the development stage. If they do not get the right food from the beginning, they can develop skeletal problems and other health issues.
Here’s a brief story that demonstrates this perfectly.
One day, an opportunity came for me and my coworkers to adopt some puppies from a women who could not afford to take care of them. The pups were about 5 months old, all the lab / chow mix breed. When we were introduced, they all appeared happy and playful, some more than others.
The one I chose received a good dog food, a brand I had fed my dogs for several years with good results. My coworker allowed her dog to eat cat food. Her reason was that he always went for the cat food so she stopped feeding him dog food.
Within a year, we met up and I could not believe how unhealthy her dog looked. His coat was dull and haggard-looking. He had some sort of physical disfigurement because he walked oddly. His skeleton looked like it was not formed properly.
My dog, on the other hand, had bright eyes, shiny coat and perfect structure. My dog received manufactured dog food. But she also received cheese on a regular basis. Dogs love cheese and it is good for them because of the calcium.
Dogs require proteins protein for growth and tissue repair. This can be obtained from meat, fish and eggs or from plants such as soy beans. Fats are needed to make new cells and to aid blood clotting and reproduction. Fats and carbohydrates provide energy.
Carbohydrates can be provided through certain types of foods, but avoid starchy and sugary ones as they do not provide dog nutrition. Cooked potatoes and rice are two foods you can feed your dog as an energy source. Vitamins and minerals are also essential. Roughage provided by the cellulose in plants helps your dog to digest its food and move it through the digestive tract. It can be provided in the form of bran.
Most of what your dog’s needs are provided in manufactured dog foods. Considering the recent scare about such food causing dogs to become ill and, in come cases, die you might prefer to make your own dog food. Many people combine the two. Quality dog food mixed with table scraps and rice can extend your budget while making sure your dog’s nutritional needs are met. There are some foods that you should never feed your dog, however, including spicy foods such as curry and hot sauce. Their systems can not tolerate such products.