You are what you eat!
Dogs are individuals with their own dietary needs based on several factors such as genetics and their current state of health. While one type of diet may not be ideal for every dog, the majority of dogs tend to thrive on diets consisting of real, whole foods that are biologically appropriate.
When selecting a diet for your dogs, you need to keep your dogs anatomy and physiology in mind! Dogs are facultative carnivores, or opportunistic carnivores, which is defined as a carnivore that does not depend solely on animal flesh for food but also can subsist on non-animal food. While your dog can eat carbohydrates and grains, this is a matter of what your dog will thrive on versus what they can survive on.
All the proof you need can be seen after your dog goes potty! Dogs that eat a raw food diet see a much smaller volume of stool because the body is digesting and utilizing almost every part of the raw meat, bone and organs. With homemade food, many dog owners report seeing undigested vegetable matter and grain in their dogs stool. Commercial kibble diets tend to produce very large stool volume due to copious amounts of grains and carbohydrates in the kibble.
My two raw fed German Shepherds potty once or twice a day, and the volume is very small. Stool of raw fed dogs will turn white and crumble to dust within a few days. Most kibble fed dogs will see 3 - 4 very large piles a day, and the stool does not break down due to not only the chemical additives and preservatives, but also because carbohydrates and grain takes longer to break down than flesh.
The best dog foods around!
What to avoid!
- Animal digest
- Meat by-products
- Animal fat
- Beef tallow
- Oat, rice or other "hulls"
- Salt, flavoring or color
Want to know what these ingredients actually are and why they are bad for your dog? Read my article on bad ingredients lurking in dog food!
How do I choose the best food for my dog?
Click the article links below to continue your research!
- The Incredible Raw Food Diet for Dogs
- The Benefits of Homemade Food for Dogs
- Real Food Diets: Unlocking Health and Longevity with Nutrition
My online store contains dog nutrition eBooks on raw feeding and homemade diets, and I also provide nutrition consultations for those who require one on one nutrition consulting and advice!
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