Raw Dog Food

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Posted by Optimal Pet Foods | Posted in Raw Food | Posted on 17-01-2011



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The raw dog food diet for dogs has become more widespread as more people learn about the benefits of feeding a natural diet.

Coined the BARF diet, the Bones And Raw Food diet, or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food by Dr. Ian Billinghurst, brings dogs back to the nutrition they were designed to eat before the kibble craze began some 70 years ago.

The convenient raw food diets for dogs are typically composed of an entire animal, finely ground, including raw meat, bones, and organs with or without varying amounts of vegetables and fruits. They come in the form of frozen patties and chubs.

Although man has domesticated dogs their internal anatomy remains unchanged. An animal’s anatomy dictates what it is designed to thrive to eat, not what has been forced on him by humans.

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Raw Dog Food Is What They Were Designed To Eat

Unlike omnivores, dogs do not produce the digestive enzyme cellulase to break down the tough walls of cellulose in plant matter, making vegetables and fruits difficult to digest in their natural state.

The classic “scissor bite” that carnivores share produce interlocking sharp teeth necessary for shredding flesh and crushing bone from prey animals.

Dogs do not have the large developed molar teeth for grinding plant matter, nor do their hinged jaws permit a side to side motion for grinding plant matter as seen with omnivorous animals.

Their highly acidic stomach acid and short digestive tract make them adept raw animal eaters, able to withstand bacteria, crushed bones and chunks of flesh.

Unlike conventional highly processed, heat damaged, enzyme deficient diets, dogs are able to utilize the complete nutrition available in a raw food diet with minimal waste. Because no heat processing occurs, vitamin and nutrient content is preserved so no artificial vitamins, minerals and supplements are required to make a raw food diet “Complete and Balanced”.

Enzymes in raw dog food diets are still intact to facilitate digestion while decreasing the burden on the pancreas.

Grains and high levels of vegetables are not in their natural diet, and in their raw form would not be able to sufficiently utilize the nutrients available in the short time they are in the digestive tract. In fact, while studies of wild dogs’ stomach contents found sticks and stones, they did not find grains.

Unlike omnivores a dog’s saliva does not contain the digestive enzyme amylase to begin starch and carbohydrate digestion. Even veterinary textbooks agree that dogs have zero nutritional requirements of any kind for carbohydrates, which predominate dry dog foods today. High levels of carbohydrates stress the pancreas and are linked to obesity, diabetes, inflammation and degenerative disease.

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The common problems of allergies, chronic health problems, dental, weight issues, and digestive troubles of today can all be traced to processed diets. Many if not all can be corrected or significantly improved with a natural diet. The difference in a dog on any processed diet and a raw food diet are highly apparent, the benefits clearly demonstrate themselves in the form of soft, healthy, and happy animals.

Immunologists also find that dogs highly allergic to cooked, denatured, enzyme deficient protein sources are not allergic to the same protein in raw form. Likewise the increasingly common chronic “soft stool” and indigestion, issues are solved immediately with a raw food diet, rich in naturally occurring enzymes and nutrients.

Why raw food for dogs? Quite simply, they were designed for it!



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