Friday, 22 June 2012

Raw Dog Food: A Natural Approach

There are plenty of reasons to have your dog be on a raw dog food diet, and one of the most important ones is the fact that dogs, who were bred from wolves, are designed to digest and get nutrients from a similar kind of source. It is against nature to have them eat grains, fruit, and vegetables.
If you currently feed your dog commercial kibble or grain based food, you might want to think about switching over to a raw version. Especially if they are getting older, it's important to do this in order to reduce the risk of a yeast infection, which can cause serious health problems that aren't helpful to your dog's longevity.
It is best for your dog to do this earlier in their life, but later is not going to stop you from being able to make the transition. If your dog might not change their diet easily, you can use a slower change in food by giving them the same breakfast, but switching to raw meal at night.
Along with changing to raw dog food, it is normally recommended that the feeder of the dog add a digestive enzyme like tripe, or cow stomach. A vitamin supplement is optional, and can be beneficial if the dog is found eating dirt, which can be a sign of some sort of vitamin or other nutrient deficiency.
Something that owners might forget about is what kind of treat they might be giving their dog. If they change their meal completely to raw but forget about changing the treats and think they're too small to make a difference, they're wrong. Any grain based treat can also be a detriment to the goal you're trying to accomplish.
If you're worried about bacteria like salmonella when dealing with raw foods, you should take note of the fact that not only do dogs have a shorter digestive tract, leaving the food with insufficient time to create this bacteria, but they have stronger and more acids, preventing the growth and dangers of things of that nature.
So if you're interested in learning more about raw dog food, you'll want to do a little research. Finding the best price might be difficult, but the health of your animal should be important, and might even save you money in the long run with fewer vet bills, which can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
Picking the right raw dog food will be up to you, so ask around at your local vet, pet store, and any forums you can find online about which food is right for the breed, size, and age of your animal. You'll be on your way to having a healthy, happy dog in no time.
Jamie is a pet health professional who honestly feels that switching your dog to raw dog food is the healthiest decision you can make for your pet.

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