We absolutely love our dogs! If you don’t have any kids then dogs can be an amazing substitute and if you do have a family, you already know the tremendous benefits that the family dog can bring!
With that in mind, it makes perfect sense to want your favourite furry friend to be well looked after, feeling healthy and energetic with and a bright and shiny coat, and of course you want them to be with you as a crucial part of the family for as long as happily possible! When it comes to addressing those factors, putting your dog on a raw dog food diet is one of the best decisions you can make in ensuring he or she gets the best nutrition possible.
Basically, a raw dog food diet is food in its natural state which allows it to provide the correct nutrients that are all important for your dogs’ health. When given in the correct portions, a raw dog food diet provides optimum nutrition ensuring your dog is healthier for longer. It is a great diet for all dogs including puppies, adult dogs, pregnant dogs, dogs with diseases – pretty much for all dogs that need to maintain good health!
Bu what exactly makes up the right raw dog food diet that contains enough of the proper nutrients? For a start, obviously plenty of raw meats and big juicy raw meaty bones! Dogs get plenty of protein from the raw meats which are important for a pooch’s immune system and overall health. Thanks to the meaty bones, your dog gets heaps of calcium and phosphorus. These two important minerals helps keep your dogs bones strong and healthy as well as assisting pregnant dogs help build strong puppies.
It’s not all meat but, like any balanced diet there should also be plenty of raw vegetables and fruit. Vegetables will give your dog essential vitamins A; B, C as well as K which helps keep eyesight in good condition as well as other sensory organs. A raw dog food diet also gets a lot of fiber from vegetables which also assist in your dogs’ digestive system.
Fiber is crucial to a dogs health as it helps flush out toxins from their body quickly and efficiently through regular bowel movements. Good levels of fiber also do the groundwork for the digestive system, getting it ready and in the most optimal state for its next meal.
Still, there are two more foods that you really should include in your raw dog food diet – fruit and liver!
Liver is full of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients such as b12, zinc, iron and omega 3 fatty acids that all contribute to helping your dog maintain strength as well as keeping its body lean and at the correct weight.
Fruit on the other hand supplies your dog with good levels of vitamin C which helps the immune system to function at the optimum level. Free radicals are blamed for causing cancer and advancing the signs of aging. The good news for your dog is that by feeding them plenty of anti-oxidant containing fruits such as berries; these conditions can be slowed and or prevented.
The correctly prepared raw dog food diet provides your dog with all the vitamins and minerals it needs for every stage of life. Furthermore, when fed in the right proportions, you won’t need to worry about giving your dogs’ vitamin supplements or any other health additives – apart from love of course!
But how do you know if you are doing everything right? The right combinations? The right volumes? How can you tell if your dog is thriving on a raw dog food diet or actually suffering ill affects?
Although it might sound easy and all you have to do in theory is just give your dog raw food to eat, it is not quite as simple as that! J Portion control is very important and also there are plenty of raw foods that won’t produce the desired effects.
Putting your dog on a raw food diet can also cause some interesting side affects especially when you first start so it makes sense to do your homework before you rush out and get started!