We cannot write about the ultimate beginner’s guide to raw dog food without brushing up on the benefits this type of diet brings for your fur kid. Further more, we want to share with you why switching your pooch to the raw dog food diet is one of the best decisions you can make for your pet!
Oh yeah! The raw dog food diet or the ancestral diet has so many benefits, it will knock your socks off! Touted by many as the ‘miracle’ diet for dogs, especially for those with a lot of ailments, the raw dog food diet works because it is the most ‘normal’ diet for our four-legged woofies.
Why? Dogs evolved eating the raw dog food diet. They are not ‘designed’ to eat corn and wheat which comprises about half of what is in commercial kibbles and canned pet foods.
Yes, as we’ve mentioned in an earlier article about the truths regarding manufactured pet food for cats and dogs, there’s just so much mislabeling going on with manufactured pet foods, you’ll end up not knowing what really goes inside each bag or can. Feeding your pooch raw means you will be in complete control of everything, just like the contol you have about the food you eat or serve to your family. Doesn’t your fur kid deserve the same level of care other family members get?
Okay, we’re kind of getting off-topic here, so before we start getting off-tangent again, here they are:
The Top Raw Food Diet Benefit for Dogs
Firm, Baby, Firm!
How would you like for your fur baby to have firmer stools? No more messy pick-up for you, right? No one wants to clean up a dog’s liquid-y stools. It is just eww! By feeding your dog raw and perhaps supplementing with probiotics, you’ll kiss that problem goodbye.
Gases Be Gone!
How about just an overall improved digestion? Have you noticed that some dogs get a lot of gas, and sometimes looks like they are having some digestive discomfort? Ever had a dog throw up after a ‘hearty’ meal of manufactured dog food or kibble? Things like that are almost never a problem with the raw dog food diet, so you might want to try it!
Okay, maybe you’re someone who goes for looks, we’ve got just the thing for you! Notice how wild dogs (not strays) and wolves always look like they’ve just been to the groomer’s? Surely they don’t have some hidden doggy salon in the woods right? It’s all about the diet!
The raw dog food diet gives dogs healthier skin and coat because their dietary needs are fully taken care of. No need to give extra fish oil, or add a ton of supplements, just let nature do what it is supposed to do.
No more allergies
Do you know that the top food allergens for dogs are wheat and corn? By eliminating them from your dog’s diet, you’ll end up with a healthier pooch to spend time with. No more allergy drama and piling-up vet bills, just happy, healthy four-legged baby, just as you wanted.
If your dog’s breed is particularly prone to allergies or if your dog simply cannot escape from allergens especially in the spring and summer, then you can also try homeopathic remedies specifically designed for your dog’s symptoms and condition. A custom remedy might just do the truck, and there are no contraindications with feeding your dog raw plus it’s a lot cheaper than conventional treatments as well!
Say hello to pearly whites!
Okay, your dog’s teeth may not turn pearly white but it will definitely be a lot better than when your pooch is fed the commercial stuff. It’s not just the teeth though, gums will be a lot healthier and bad breathe is addressed as well. Your pooch would be as kissable as can be and you won’t feel the need to try to not get ‘licked’ by your furbaby anymore.
Ever felt that your pooch has too much energy or sometimes not enough energy? What your furbaby eats has a lot of effect on behavior as well as energy levels. A surge of carbs from kibbles can give your dog an energy spike making him or her super restless, and then the drop makes them feel tired.
In addition, additives in commercial food can make your pooch almost lethargic at times and a bundle of loose wires the next. Pet parents who’ve placed their Jekyl and Hyde furbabies on the raw dog food diet report a stabilizing of the crazy energy level highs and lows. Wouldn’t you want the same too?
Gimme some challenge
What would your dog do without kongs and plush toys? The thing is, a dog fed raw meat with big bones still attached has no need for plush toys and kongs. They get all their fun from the added physical and mental challenge of having to tackle a ‘large’ prey. Bonus points? This also keeps their teeth shiny and strong as well!
Boosted immune system
Why is it that wild dogs and wolves seem to have less diseases and health problems compared to our domestic pooches? One factor is definitely their diet. Eating raw on a frequent basis seems to make them hardier than their pampered counterparts because they have a better immune system. The raw dog food diet menu also features a lot of fatty acids and other immune-system boosting nutrients. Not only that, but the raw feeding reduces the incidence of inflammatory conditions significantly.
Diabetes and arthritis prevention
The fatter and older your pet gets, the more prone he or she is to diabetes and arthritis, and of course no one wants that. By going for raw feeding, you’ll minimize the possibility of having a diabetic pooch by preventing your pooch from having spikes in blood sugar. The decreased possibility of inflammatory conditions and the boosted immune system help in preventing and addressing arthritis too.
Have you noticed how beautiful wild dogs and wolves are? How beautiful the muscle tone is, and how none of them seem to be struggling with weight issues a.k.a dog obesity? It’s because they are on the raw dog food diet!
Just the added challenge of ripping and chewing raw meat is an exercise in itself, your pet may not become ‘buffed’ but will surely have better posture and appearance. Now, we just wish this worked for humans too!
Speaking of humans…
Raw Dog Food Benefits for Pet Parents
Hey, although this article is about the benefits of raw dog food for dogs, we can’t help being a little bit selfish and sneak in some treats for fellow pet parents too.
We all deserve a pat on the back for at least thinking of feeding our pooches raw as an alternative to commercialized dog food, so sit back and continue reading to savor the small guilty pleasures we can enjoy from switching to raw feeding.
No more guessing and worrying about pet food recalls
Are you one of those types who gets so scared whenever there is a pet food recall? Then the raw dog food diet is your friend, especially that you’ll be able to eliminate the primary culprit of pet food recalls and contamination – grain!
Contaminated corn (corn with mold on it), expired wheat, and nasty chemicals like melamine are the most common reasons why there was a dog food recall in the past. The worry and the possibility of losing your fur kid due to some company’s negligence is just too much, no one needs that kind of issue in their life, right?
Thankfully, you’re reading this article and you’re most likely thinking of starting your pet on the raw dog food diet. Even with all the time you will have to spend on getting things ready for your dog, it’s well worth it. What about us? Would we spend some extra time at the grocery store shopping for your dog’s raw menu for overall peace of mind? You bet we would, and we hope you consider doing it too.
Save on vet bills in the long run
It’s no secret that pet parents spend a lot on vet bills especially if dealing with a senior dog or a sickly one. By going for the raw dog food diet, you can drastically decrease your time and money spent on the vet because your pet will be healthier for longer. Isn’t that great!?
One of our reasons for writing this installment of the beginner’s guide to raw dog food, is to introduce pet lovers like us to the wonders of raw feeding and as a result, help our pets be healthier so that they can spend more time with their human family doing all sorts of enjoyable things.
Perhaps you’re already doing this for your pet and are just looking for extra resource materials, or perhaps you’re complete newbie to raw feeding; no matter where you are in your raw feeding journey, we’d love to hear from you! The comment section below is just awaiting what you’ve have to share, who knows? It might help someone else too!