What Are the Benefits of a Raw Food Diet for Pet Dogs?
While the beginnings of the raw pet food diet for dogs went through a lot of debating, it has actually been proven that for most pet dogs this diet is as nutritional as it can be aside from natural hunting.
Raw Pet Food
A raw food diet for your pet involves, as the name implies, raw foods. You are feeding your furry friend raw meats and vegetables. The whole idea behind this nutrition is to mimic the type of diet that was eaten by your pet’s ancestors. This is the ultimate in natural nutrition that you can possibly get.
Pet owners understand that the natural diet an animal can find in the wilderness would be the best choice for their pets. They are generally opposed to commercial pet foods, which they think are inadequate substitutes for a natural raw diet and begin to realize the issues connected to it.
Quite recently, more and more pet lovers have now switched to raw food for their pets, providing their animals with a diet which can add various health benefits to them:
- no bad odor
- clean healthy teeth, no requirement for toothbrushes
- no gum disease
- less, but firm stool
- a healthy and improved digestion cycle
- less or no veterinarian bills
- the natural way of eating bones and meat helps to develop certain muscles, like in the neck, jaw and shoulder
- maintaining a healthy weight
- less prone to allergies
And let’s not forget that changing to a raw pet food diet is quite easy to do. It will take anywhere from around a few days to one or two weeks to accomplish. Pet owners who have turned to a raw nutrition noticed soon after remarkable improvements in their pet’s health and fitness:
- developing more energy
- existing allergies vanished
- reduced arthritis
- in some pets arthritis disappeared
- an optimal weight control
- longer life expectancy
However, being worried about bacteria and germs contained in raw food for your four-legged friend may be a concern for you. What you may not know is that your pet has a digestive system that is specially designed to prevent bacteria like e-coli and salmonella from causing any damage at all. The high acid levels in their digestive system will most likely kill the bacteria.
Basically, all types of raw food can be used. It all depends on your pet’s particular taste. Cats desire more fish, while beef cuts and poultry are more preferred by dogs. The only way to know for sure, especially in the case of dogs, is to test and see.
Some dogs like fish and vegetables, while others actually like the sweetness of fruit. There are several cats that like vegetables. However, the diet you choose to feed should depend solely on what your pet likes and never force feed your animal.
Raw Organic Pet Food
When it comes to buying food for our families, most of us have already switched to organic food whenever it is posible. We understand how benificial it can be for a healthy and enjoyable life. Since our pets are part of our families, it is not quite understandable why we are not always treat our furry companions the same way.
It is not a secret that a raw diet containing organic foods can provide your pet with a higher level of nutritional content. And by going organic, there is not much need to add further seasonings to the foods. Many foods will be desirable enough without any extra flavoring.
And stay away from adding a little salt, because you might think that your pet may like the food better. Actually there is no need for this. raw foods, especially organic ones, contain all the salt that your pet will need, and too much salt can cause dehydration.
Raw Pet Food Recipe
A tasty and well-balanced raw meal should provide your pet with all its nutritional needs for enjoying a long and healthy life. So, how should a list of ingredients for a raw pet food recipe look like?
Animals hunt in the wild and actually eat their prey which usually is raw meat. Consequently, it is only natural to include uncooked meat, like beef, lamb or poultry in such recipes. Apart from raw meat, other essential ingredients are whole grains, vegetables and oil.
A basic raw pet food recipe for dogs could be:
- 1/2 cup ground raw meat, like lamb, chicken, beef, or offal
- 1/2 cup mashed raw vegetables, please use a variety of vegetables
- 1/4 cup whole grains, cooked
- 1/4 tsp of kelp powder
- One tsp of of bone meal powder
- 1/4 tsp of ascorbic acid powder, plus bioflavonoids (vitamin C)
- 1/4 tsp of minced garlic, optional
- One tsp of oil mixture (Oil mixture: 2 oz. each of wheat germ and flax oil as well as 11 oz. cold pressed canola oil)
The grains are optional and can be left out or be replaced by increasing the raw meat and vegetable part.
For cats a basic recipe could be:
- 1300 g raw meat, such as lamb, poultry, beef, etc.
- 200 g kidneys or liver
- 100 g gizzard
- 400 g heart
- 600 g well grated or mashed vegetables
- mineral water, add as much as is needed for the right texture
- Four egg yolks
- 4 tablespoons of of bone meal
- 1000 mg vitamin C, depending on each cat’s requirements
- around 60 drops of Liquid Trace Minerals
- 100-200 IU vitamin E
And be creative and don’t be afraid to try out different variations, and see how your pet reacts. Is your four-legged friend enjoying it, or just treating your concoction with disregard? The variations are endless, like for example, by increasing the quantities, or changing the type of raw meat as well as vegies in a particular pet food recipe and, if used, minimizing or leaving out the whole grain content.
Always try to use good quality raw meat for your pet food, preferably a natural and organic one to ensure no hormones, chemicals, or artificial preservatives have been used. Dogs in particular need raw bones to chew on; and please never ever use cooked bones, they have a tendency to splinter. Vegetables need to be pureed, otherwise they will pass through the animals system undigested.
Raw pet food, in particular organic ones, probably costs a bit more. However, when you think about fewer visits to your local vet, this diet is definitely worth it. Your furry friend will enjoy it, guaranteeing your pet an active, healthy and happy long life.