One of the most complicated topics for dog discourse is food. People can never seem to agree on what’s best for dogs. Some say a dry food diet is best for their habits and oral health. Others think that a wet food diet is better for their health.
And then, some think dogs can eat pretty much anything. Finally, there are strong advocates for a raw food diet for dogs. Now, if you’re a new owner, all of this can be overwhelming. While each option has its own set of pros and cons, the one that seems to be coming out on top these days is the raw food diet.
This article will explore all you need to know about the raw food diet and how to apply it to your dog.
Here is Part 1 of your starter guide to raw feeding:
What is a Raw Food Diet?
A raw food diet, also known as a BARF diet (bones and raw food), is one where the dog is fed raw meat. The premise behind this is that the dog’s natural diet (in the wild) is raw and that we have domesticated the dog for so long that their natural diet is no longer able to sustain their health.
In the wild, dogs would hunt and eat prey still alive, freshly killed. They would eat the stomach, intestines, and some muscle meat. Due to food safety laws, you can’t let your dog catch and eat live rats and mice. So, you will have to hunt them down in the freezer aisle of your pet store.
A raw food diet is essentially a natural diet for your dog. Dogs fed a BARF diet are found to thrive and be healthier than those fed a grain-based diet. You could also refer to this diet as a whole food diet.
What are the Benefits?
According to the owners and experts alike, there are significant benefits to a raw food diet. It offers your dog improved health, skin, fur, and overall condition. Here are a few of the most notable benefits that people notice in their dogs once they go raw.
1. Improved Health
Dogs on a raw food diet have been found to have better immune systems and healthier skin and coats. They are also found to heal faster after injury and have fewer digestive issues.
2. Weight Loss
Feeding a raw diet can help dogs lose weight. A raw food diet tends to be lower in calories and nutrient-dense.
3. Healthier Skin
Dogs fed a raw diet have less dandruff, better skin and even less of an allergic reaction to fleas or other allergens.
4. Less Stool Issues
Raw food diets for dogs are less likely to develop diarrhea, less likely to suffer from IBD, and less likely to suffer from pancreatitis.
5. Less Gas
Dogs that are fed a raw diet produce less gas. This is because there is less air and indigestible matter in the diet.
The Bottom Line
It is important to note that this diet is still being studied and developed. More information and tips will come as more owners switch to a raw food diet for their dogs.
Be sure to reserve this diet for healthy pets and the younger side. You must still keep in mind that all dogs are different with various preferences and dislikes. This is a diet designed to give your dog natural nutrition that’s good for their health.
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