Many people today realize that the food they eat has a great impact on their health and well being, and yet they do not seem to apply the same logic to their beloved four-legged companions. It is easy to forget that what dogs eat impacts their health and it is our job as responsible caretakers to help them enjoy a long, healthy life.
…your dogs’ teeth and what you will find is sharp, long canines and sharp, pointy molars. These teeth are designed to tear flesh and crush bone.
Raw feeding is the natural lifestyle for our carnivorous canines, it is a lifestyle that nature intended for them. Since kibble was only invented approximately 100 years ago, it is obvious that kibble is certainly not what dogs are designed to eat. All it takes is a look in a dog’s mouth to understand this. Take a look at your dogs’ teeth and what you will find is sharp, long canines and sharp, pointy molars. These teeth are designed to tear flesh and crush bone. They do not have flat molars that the majority of prey species have which are designed to mash up vegetable matter. The reason why owners end up spending so much money on dental cleanings at the veterinarian clinic is because dog’s teeth are not designed to grind up and mash kibble.
The raw lifestyle is very easy to implement. Feeding raw includes raw meat, raw bones and raw organs. Absolutely nothing it cooked, and supplements can be added for additional nutrients. Dogs will not need these supplements, but just like with people they can definitely benefits for the additional nutrition.
… ‘doggy smell’ is significantly reduced because they are no longer receiving the useless chemicals and additives found in kibble.
There are many benefits to feeding raw in conjunction with a longer, healthier life and lower vet bills. Dogs benefit in many ways, and one of those ways is physical condition. The coat becomes glossy and fur becomes soft to the touch, while colour pigment in the coat is enhanced. Raw fed dogs shed much less due to the health of the individual fur strands. Eyes become clear and the colour loses that dullness, irises become more crisp and vibrant. That signature ‘doggy smell’ is significantly reduced because they are no longer receiving the useless chemicals and additives found in kibble. In fact, you will rarely need to bathe your dog. The raw diet promotes fur health and appeal, and keeps odour to a minimum (unless they get into something, of course!).
Another wonderful benefit of feeding raw is dental health. Dogs that are fed raw have fresher breath. Their teeth are also kept clean and white. The act of crushing and chewing bone scrapes the teeth and stimulates the gum line. Where kibble is mashed and crumbles in the mouth to stick to the teeth and get caught between teeth and under the gum line (often the source of bad breath), the raw diet provides nothing that can get caught in and around the teeth – no residue to cause a tartar build up.
Nature’s design is often perfect, and … dogs have (not) evolved to consume kibble.
In the end, what is best for your dog is exactly what they are designed for. Nature’s design is often perfect, and evolution is not so blindingly quick that dogs have evolved to consume kibble. Dogs are still very much the carnivores that evolved from their ancestors – the wolf. Dogs are designed to eat meat, bones and organs – their stomach are prepared to digest these products and derive the utmost nutrition from them.
Switch your dog to raw and watch the benefits unfold before your eyes. Give this diet a chance and you will never look at kibble again, because the benefits of a species appropriate lifestyle will change your beloved pet’s life forever.