There has been a shift over the last few years in what people are feeding their dogs. With dog food recalls happening regularly and new research being published about the health benefits of raw dog food, it makes sense that dog owners are choosing this type of food for their favorite furry friends.
What Is Raw Dog Food?
Raw dog food is exactly what you imagine: it’s uncooked food for your dog. The foods included are:
Whole foods are the healthiest for dogs AND humans, which is why it’s being preferred over kibble or processed wet dog food.
The Amazing Health Benefits of Raw Dog Food
When you learn why raw dog food is the healthiest type of food for dogs, you’ll understand why dog owners are making the switch.
Joint and Bone Health
Many large breeds suffer from hip dysplasia, joint problems, and bone loss, leading to immobility, pain, and broken bones, and other injuries. One of the best ways to ensure a dog’s joints and bones remain strong and healthy is to feed them exactly what they are losing strength in – BONES.
Crushed bones are high in:
Eating bones replaces the nutrients lost from bones deteriorating over time due to age.
It’s not only good for older dogs; puppies can benefit from consuming crushed bones as well. Eating a diet with natural bone in it can help puppies with bone development, leading to strength, mobility, and overall healthy life.
Improved Immune System
Dogs – just like humans – come in contact with germs every single day. Their immune system must fight those germs so they don’t suffer from an infection.
The best way to ensure the immune system functions optimally is to supply it with the right vitamins and nutrients. Those vitamins and nutrients come from healthy foods such as:
- Fruits and Vegetables
Meat is a highly digestible protein, which is the building block of a healthy body. Meat contains essential fats, vitamins, and minerals.
The benefit of feeding raw meat is that the concentration of vitamins and nutrients remains high – the cooking process can diminish most of the vitamins and nutrients in meat.
The same happens with cooked fruits and vegetables. Raw fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, phytonutrients, and enzymes which are all beneficial to the health of a dog. A variety of fruits and vegetables are key since each type of fruit and vegetable can deliver different vitamins and nutrients. For instance, spinach is high in vitamin K and apples are high in Vitamin C.
Healthier Teeth and Gums
Just like humans, dogs can be at risk for medical conditions if they suffer from periodontal disease. A raw diet is excellent for keeping teeth and gums clean and strong due to the texture and vitamins, nutrients, and minerals in it.
Meaty bones are like a natural toothbrush as dogs use their teeth to tear into the flesh and pull it off the bone. They are very effective in removing plaque.
Celery works a lot like floss as the strings go in between the teeth as a dog chews on it.
Lastly, while many dogs aren’t fans of the coolness of peppermint, it is a great way to freshen a dog’s breath for all of those close face-to-face cuddling sessions.
Better Reproductive Health
Dogs on a raw food diet are more likely to have a bigger litter and healthier puppies, according to a study by Queensland Guide Dogs. It’s not a surprise since healthy diets provide the body with the fuel it needs to function optimally.
How to Start Raw Dog Food
Now you know the health benefits of raw dog food. If you’re like many dog owners, you want to start feeding your dog raw food.
The best way to start your dog on raw food is to do it slowly. Fresh raw dog food is highly digestible, but a dog’s stomach is used to a different type of digesting with processed food, so it must have time to adapt.
Reduce the amount of kibble each day and increase the amount of raw food each day. It should only take four days for your pup to get to a point where he/she is enjoying only raw food.
Disclaimer: The above content is for informational purposes only. Contact your veterinarian before making changes to your dog’s diet.