Dogs are descended from wolves and their internal organs and functions remain the same as their distant ancestor. Raw feeding aims to give dogs a diet that is appropriate to their digestive systems and as close as possible to what they might have eaten as wild animals. Their low stomach pH mean they are able to break down raw meat and bone easily. In fact, a dog’s digestion is mainly facilitated by its large, expandable stomach filled with strong acids to break down flesh and bone… and anything else they happen to pick up. The truth is, with stomach acid like this it’s very hard for a dog to get food poisoning!
We now know that processed convenience foods are not healthy for humans, so why would it be different for our dogs?
More and more dogs are getting cancer and autoimmune disorders than ever before, forcing many dog owners to take a good hard look at the pet food industry and the products they supply.
Generally, processed dog food is high-carb and low animal protein. It is full of fillers, sugars and ‘meat derivatives’. Natural vitamins are destroyed by the cooking process and have to be replaced with chemically produced ‘nutrients’ along with colouring, preservatives and binders to make a finished ‘food’ product.
Most dry commercial pet foods contain a high percentage of grain because the carbohydrates are needed to hold the food together. A dog does not need or can properly digest this amount of carbohydrates. Hence why dogs on a commercial diet have much bigger stools than those fed on a raw diet – what goes in, must come out!
Processed pet foods are certainly not the type of thing your dog would have eaten in the wild. By choosing a raw diet you have made the best feeding choice for your dog. This biologically appropriate diet is the closest thing to what a dog would eat in the wild – quite simply, it’s what they are designed to eat.
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