Dogs have preferences, just like humans. When it comes to food choice, how would you like to eat dried up balls of bland-tasting nuggets for the rest of your life? Well, that's exactly what most dogs are forced to do when they eat processed commercial kibble. As more owners begin to realize this, the raw dog food diet is gaining popularity. Raw food meals are comprised mainly of fresh, uncooked meat for dogs.
The nutritional needs of dogs should be mainly addressed by their owners through the methods and foods that they use to feed their pets. However, it's important that, as a dog owner, you are educated as to the nutritional requirements of your dog. So, what should you know about your dog's dietary needs?
First, although dogs are domesticated animals, they come from a carnivorous family that includes wolves, foxes, coyotes, hyenas, and jackals - all of which have the same basic nutritional needs. Therefore, a domesticated dog's diet should be similar to these animals. This means the foods that dogs need are mostly made up of proteins, some vegetables and fruits, and little to no carbohydrates or grains.
Processed dog foods are becoming less preferable because many dog owners have realized that these foods don't conform with the nutritional needs of dogs; they are full of grains and other substances that aren't even digestible by dogs. Dogs need food similar to the food they would eat in the wild. This would be the natural composition of their diet, the natural food intake they would have if they were not domesticated.
Consequently, the raw dog food diet is gaining popularity among health-conscious pet owners. The main constituents of raw dog foods are meat and vegetables, all fresh and all natural. Unlike kibble and canned foods, raw foods do not have any trace of grains or fillers. These foods are completely made of pure meat and vegetables that are even fit for human consumption.
The proteins, vitamins, and minerals found in pure raw dog foods provide all the essential nutrients they need, helping the dog become healthier, livelier, and live longer. Their coats will be shinier and thicker, their breaths will be fresher, and their bodies will be stronger and more active.
Not only do dogs benefit from raw dog foods, but their owners do as well. Because of their pure protein and high nutrient content, dogs need to eat less raw food when compared to the amount of processed food they would otherwise eat. This means that one pack of raw foods often lasts longer than a bigger pack of kibble, allowing the owner to buy food less often.
If you have doubts about starting your pet on a raw dog food diet, you can ask your veterinarian about it. But I have absolutely no doubt that your dog will do better with a raw diet because it completely provides all the nutrients that your dog needs. Make the switch to a raw dog food diet - it's the best decision you can make for your dog.