Why a Raw Diet?
We all know the benefits to ourselves of eating raw fruits and vegetables for their live enzymes, vitamins, minerals and nutritive value, and the same applies for our dogs. A raw diet is about matching as closely as possible to what a dog would eat in the wild, i.e. whole small animals such as birds, rabbits, rodents, and also medium sized herbivores
A raw diet is the only diet that can maximize health and longevity.
Most manufactured dog foods contain a long list of additives, preservatives and grain products. Grains are a cheap way to fill the dog up. Grains are one of the biggest sources of allergies in dogs. Many people find when they switch to a raw meat and bone diet, the allergies their dogs had dis-appear.
Improved Teeth, Oral Health and Breath
After only a very short time on a raw diet, your dog will have much-improved breath, no tartar and beautifully clean teeth.
We need to get over our fear of feeding whole meaty bones to our dogs. Dogs need whole bone – they were designed to use their teeth to gnaw apart whole raw carcasses, including meaty bones and organs. Those sharp teeth in your dog’s mouth are there for slicing, tearing and crunching through whole foods. Over time, a regular diet of ground food can cause plaque and tartar to build up on the teeth, and this can cause gum disease, which can lead to lots of health problems
The bacteria in the gums and teeth which is regularly swallowed, in turn affects the entire system. Over time, this can be a major contributing factor in many serious systemic diseases.
One of the great benefits of feeding whole raw food is that it requires some work on the part of the jaws and teeth to hack away at fleshy fibres and bones, and this takes some time. The time it takes to gnaw away at whole meaty bones to the point where swallow-able sized hunks have been torn off, gives the gut time to activate its gastric juices so that when the food finally does hit the stomach, it has a much better chance of being properly digested.
Feeding raw, particularly large pieces, gives our dogs the opportunity to really get a mentally stimulating experience as it takes a lot more mental and physical work for a dog to rip and tear meat off and crunch through bones, often they have to stop and work out exactly how to tackle it
Improved Skin and Coat
This can be one of the first changes you will notice when you start feeding a raw meaty bone diet. If those persistent skin problems suddenly disappear or improve, it has to mean something.
Stronger Immune System
The raw meat and bone diet contains a good balance of essential fatty acids and other immune normalizing and strengthening nutrients, it reduces inflammatory conditions and eliminates infections.
Leaner Body Mass
By feeding a Raw meat and bone diet, your pet will lose unwanted fat and gain that much desired increase in muscle mass. This not only makes your pet look better, it increases your pets metabolic rate, its activity levels and its healthy life-span.
Improved Stool Volume and Odour
This reflects the improved health of the immune system and the remarkable difference that bone eating makes in the production of firm stools which are essential for normal anal sac emptying.
After a few months you can expect to see much greater mobility in your pet. This is part of the reason so many older pets have a new lease on life when switched to a raw diet.
- Naturally clean teeth and healthy gums from the natural scrubbing, massaging and flossing action of eating raw meaty bones.
- Clean breath and no doggie odour after changing to raw feeding
- Ripping and chewing raw meaty bones develops the neck, jaw and shoulder muscles of dogs.
- Stools are smaller, less smelly and quickly degrade into the soil.
- Dogs tend to maintain a healthy weight and the chances of obesity are minimized since it takes longer to chew and digest raw meaty bones.
- Dogs tend to be excited and love their raw meals.
- Health problems such as arthritis, lack of energy, allergies, skin conditions and dull coats often improve when switching to raw feeding.
- Benefit Raw Meals
- DAF animal feeds