If you’re taking the plunge to eat organic and natural foods yourself, what about your dogs? Out in the wild, they would rely on catching and eating small mammals, eating everything, meat, organs, bones, the lot, to survive. Today’s modern diet of tinned and highly processed dog food, regardless of their claims, doesn’t give your dog the most appropriate nutrients. It’s just the convenience that sells us the tins, pouches or trays.
Marketing departments fool consumers into thinking that 400g of highly processed “meaty chunks” is what your dog needs. It’s a mistake though and one that I will freely admit to making myself when I’ve spent upwards of £15 for six tins of food. Processed dog food is not nutritionally sufficient, and that’s regardless of brand. They’re all owned by the same parent company anyway. They all spin the same yarn that dogs metabolic and digestive systems have changed over time to fuel the need for processed, tinned food. They’re talking utter nonsense. Dogs should eat raw dog food.
5 Reasons to Feed Raw Dog Food
Here are five reasons why you should ditch the tins and complete dry mixes and focus on giving your pet the very best nutrition on the market.
1. Happier Dog
Let’s face it. The majority of tinned dog food contains poor quality protein. Meat is too expensive for manufacturers to use, so they fill their tins with cheaper alternatives like potato protein or soya. These kinds of protein cannot be digested by dogs properly and can contribute to dietary intolerances. Feed them animal-based red meat, and you’ll find they absorb more of that happy hormone serotonin into their bodies.
2. Fresher Breath and Healthier Gums
Your breath stinks after eating junk food, and so does your dogs. Tinned dog food is essentially canine junk food. Bits get stuck in between their teeth and rot. None of the plaque buildups gets removed as they rarely eat anything abrasive with tinned food. Raw food needs ripping and pulling apart to consume. The teeth get a fantastic workout due in part to natural flossing and plaque gets automatically removed. No more expensive dental vet bills.
3. Less Stinky Poop
Highly processed dog food typically results in vast amounts of foul-smelling poop. Feeding raw essentially minimises the amount of waste that your dog produces. It’s of low odour, crumblier and more biodegradable.
4. Healthier Skin and Shinier Coats
Can you imagine what your skin and hair would look like if you ate fast food for every meal? Spotty, greasy and lacklustre. Feeding raw is just like drinking from the fountain of youth for your dog. If it’s getting its copious amounts of healthy vitamins and minerals, then you will be building the foundations of good health. Wholesome, nutritious food is valuable in keeping things stable. Keep your dog’s organs healthy on the inside, and they will become the poster of fit on the outside.
5. You’ll Save Money
Believe it or not, pound for pound, feeding raw will save you money. A 400g tin of “high quality” dog food is around £2. 400g of natural raw dog food supplied on an 80/10/5/5 (80% meat, 10% bone, 5% liver, 5% kidney) basis costs on average £1.06. Nearly 50% cheaper. That’s a win for you and a win for your canine buddy.
Feeding raw may be a controversial subject for some, but from an organic lifestyle point of view, it’s far healthier for your dog and isn’t as detrimental to the environment. Surely you owe it to your best friend to give them the best option?
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