Benefits of a Raw Fed Diet

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Benefits of a Raw Fed Diet

August 05, 2015 1 Comment

"You can either pay the grocer or pay the doctor. I choose the former."

The title to this article says it all. If you buy quality, organic, raw food for your dog, it will pay off in the long run by preventing unnecessary vet visits and medications.

 

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 prey model 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 etc, together with some larger prey such as deer and other medium sized herbivores as well as some opportunistic prey, perhaps the uneaten remains from another larger carnivore, or other natural carrion.

Why a Raw Diet?

A species appropriate raw diet is the only diet that will maximize health and longevity. Most manufactured dog foods contain a long list of additives, preservatives and grain products. Grains make up the majority of processed, commercial dog food company food sources because they are a cheap way to fill the dog up. Yet dogs do not have the digestive enzymes or system to cope with grains. 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 disappear. This is a common result.

Some Benefits of a Raw Diet Include:

  • Improved teeth, oral health and breath
  • Improved indigestion
  • Improved skin and coat
  • Stronger immune system
  • Leaner body mass
  • Improved stool volume and odor
  • Improved degenerative disease
  • Improved arthritis

Benefits Summary:

  • Vet bills are usually greatly reduced after switching to a nutritious species appropriate 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 odor after changing to raw feeding
  • Ripping and chewing raw meaty bones develops the neck, jaw and shoulder muscles of dogs.
  • Greater bioavailability of naturally occurring nutrients and enzymes in raw meat, organs and bones. 
  • 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.
  • Kibble may sit around for hours untouched but dogs tend to be excited and love their raw species appropriate meals.
  • Increased mental, psychological and physical stimulation leading to greater well-being and satisfaction
  • Health problems such as arthritis, lack of energy, allergies, skin conditions and dull coats often improve when switching from commercial dog food to raw feeding.
  • Ability to custom tailor your dogs’ diets for their activity level, age, health problems and specific nutritional requirements.

 

Check out the full article here: http://rawfeddogs.org/benefits.html



1 Response

Lorraine Colleps-Burks
Lorraine Colleps-Burks

June 04, 2017

We started our dogs on the raw diet. We got the 3# chicken logs. the dogs now seem hungry all the time. Roaming around the house for food. We feed them the main meal in the morning. 1/2 patty each for 2 dogs weighing 17 lbs. the other dogs smaller around 8 lbs gets 1/3 of a patty. What can I give them during the day? Apples, carrots?

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