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Benefits of a Raw Food Diet for Dogs

25 November, 2014
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Diet is a very important part of keeping your dog healthy. There have been many articles about dog food made in China that had harmful ingredients. A raw food diet is the most natural and healthiest way to feed your favorite canine. Here are a few arguments about feeding your dog a raw food diet. Please remember to slowly ween your dog off of their current diet so they do not experience any digestion problems.

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Raw Diet Benefits for Dogs

Cleaner teeth and healthy gums: Your dog’s teeth and gums will be cleaner and healthier from chewing raw meaty bones. When your dog starts eating raw meat with consumable bones; you will learn that raw meat and bones do not allow for plaque to build up. The crunching of small bones by your dog naturally provides scraping for his teeth. Raw bones are easily digested and they are good source of calcium and roughage for cleaning the teeth and gums naturally. On the other hand, canned dog food consists of highly processed food with added fat and preservatives, which will most likely cause plaque.

Keep extra weight off: Raw diet ensures that your dog stays lean and strong, and lean dogs live longer. High protein raw diets will help your dog lose weight without losing muscle mass. On a high raw protein diet, approximately a seventh of the weight loss will be muscle and about 85% of the weight loss will be fat. The bottom line is that to maintain your dog’s muscles, his body needs protein. Raw diet helps you improve your dog’s feeling of fullness, so your dog is less of food pest when dieting, and it should be easier to keep him lean. Lean dogs live longer, have stronger immune system, and have lower blood pressure.

Improved muscle strength and stability: The tearing, shredding and meaty bone crushing activity that comes with raw diet is helpful in building up strength in your dog’s neck, jaws, shoulder, and back muscles. Raw dog diet lifestyle’s increased activity will strengthen your dog skeletal as well as heart muscles, which enhances cardiovascular functioning and improves balance and flexibility. The bones and natural cartilage in the diet will grow your dog strong bones and healthy joints.

Lower risk of cancer: Your dog is less likely to get cancer if he is fed on raw diet. Consumption of raw green vegetables is essentially important for dogs that eat dry foods. Dry foods are predisposed to aflatoxin contamination. Despite the fact that smaller amounts of aflatoxin are considered normal in the grains used for dog foods, green vegetables can significantly help offset the contamination element’s negative effects. Green vegetables are composed of chlorophyll, which is known to delay the onset of signs of liver cancer caused from the consumption of aflatoxin-contaminated grains. Make sure to balance the fats and complete your dog’s nutrition with fresh foods.

Better digestion and improved stool quality: When you give your dog raw food, he starts to eat by working on his jaws and teeth on the meaty bones and fleshy meat. Your dog will eat slowly, providing himself with full enjoyment. As he continues to chew, more gastric juice is secreted so that the food can be digested properly. Firmer as well as smaller stools with less smell are produced by your dog after consuming raw diet. Your dog’s stool may contain powdery white material from bones, which is absolutely normal. Better digestion leads to small and firm stool, which generally improves your dog nutrient absorption.

Better eye health: When you feed your dog raw diet from his young age, he will have fewer eye problems as he grows old. In order to maintain good eye health, raw diet with balanced fats will improve your dog’s retina. The amount of fat, protein, and carbs based upon raw diet will provide your dog with essential antioxidants among other nutrients known to protect the eyes. These may include vitamins D and E, lutein from egg yolks, and zinc. The sardines and oysters in the raw diet provide natural source of zinc. Ideally, a raw diet provides your dog with naturally balanced nutrition.

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