Raw Feeding for Beginners: What you need to know

Raw Feeding for Beginners: What you need to know

Is a raw diet right for your dog? If your dog struggles with allergies, weight issues, digestive problems, or any other common conditions that affect dogs, then feeding raw dog food might be just the answer you are looking for.

For years, many pet owners have turned to raw diets as a solution food, and the results have been amazing. Feeding your dog as nature intended means that they will get nutrients from sources that their bodies are designed to digest, leading to improved overall health.

Reasons Why You Should Feed Your Dog Raw

Allergies, obesity, diabetes, and cancer are more common than ever, and your pets diet may have a lot to do with that. The rise in these life-threatening diseases has pushed us to dig deeper and find ways to naturally prevent and treat our dogs.

Feeding your dog a raw diet will positively affect many aspects of their health, but before you get started, it's important to understand how and why a raw food diet might be right for your dog.

Here are a just a few reasons that you should trust raw diets to reliably and effectively improve your dog's health:

Cut the Junk!

Junk food, sugars, heavily processed ingredients, and the pollutants and chemicals that come hand-in-hand with any mass-produced food are getting harder to avoid, especially in pet food. A growing desire to get back to nature, cut out the junk, and improve the health of our pets has started to push us towards specialty pet foods.

We look for diets that use ingredients that are easy to digest and support the long-term health of our pets, but in many heavily-processed diets, like kibble, their is still a huge blind spot for pet owners when it comes to knowing what's really in your dog's food. 

Feeding raw let's you take back control of your dog's nutrition by cutting out the mystery ingredients and synthetic additives, and replacing them with highly digestible nutrients from fresh, real foods.

Raw Feeding Leads to Better Coat Condition

The first physical change you will see, if you are not a trainer or behaviourist, is likely in the quality of your dog’s coat. Within weeks the coat will become soft to the touch and they will shine with health. With little to no carbohydrate filler, raw dog food contains a lot of easier-to-digest fresh meat protein, fresh fat and easier to digest sources of both zinc and vitamin E, both of which are critical nutrients to the health of their coat.

Better Dental Hygiene 

Gum disease is very bad news for a dog, an issue that goes far deeper than simply unsightly tartar and bad breath. We have known for 100 years that dogs need some hassle factor in their diet to keep their teeth clean. The fact is, all kibbles, regardless of advertised benefits to the contrary, cause dental disease in dogs. Plaques, stained teeth and tartar buildup have been accepted as normal for most dogs when this is a very unnatural sign of improper diet, bacterial imbalance and chronic disease. Raw foods contain naturally occurring enzymes that help protect the teeth and gums. They don’t contain unnatural and damaging starches and sugars that promote unhealthy bacterial growth in the mouth. Raw foods don’t contain synthetic ingredients, harmful aflatoxins or other chemical compounds that stress the dog’s immune system.

Muscle Tone

Very few land animals that we know of benefit from being fat. Fat drives the inflammatory process and only serves to weaken you over time. Dogs are no exception. They are long distance runners at heart. Lean dogs not only live longer but suffer less inflammation, less arthritis and are cheaper to keep! Dogs are undoubtedly obligate carnivores (or, if it makes you feel better, omnivores with a very, very high meat content to their diet). Studies show the typical wild prey of the dog are very lean, starting at 4 parts protein and 1 part fat, and often getting far leaner from that point. This is means a diet of lots of lean meat, some fat and little to no carbohydrates.

Sticking closer to their carnivorous roots can also help prevent common problems like diabetes, obesity and other life-threatening diseases that can be linked to inappropriate diets and poor quality ingredients.