Why Feed Raw?
So, what's the big deal about raw food? There are lots of dogs who have been fed commercial pet foods their entire lives and have lived to a ripe old age. Why bother with raw when kibble works?
The problem with commercial pet foods is that they don't work - at least not for every dog. And while some dogs do well on kibble, the number of dogs that possess true "optimum health" are very few. As dog owners and breeders, we have learned to "live with" a number of conditions that are not normal in a truly health dog. You might be familiar with a few of these conditions:
- Digestive disorders
- Autoimmune diseases
- Skin problems
- Hot spots
- Rotten, tarter covered teeth
- Bad breath
- "Doggy odor"
Your Dog Evolved To Eat Raw Food!
A dog has the same digestive tract as that of any wild canine, such as a wolf, coyote or dingo. He evolved in such a way that he thrived eating what he could, when he could. In scientific terms, a dog is considered an "omnivore" which means that he can survive on a range of different food types. The canine is considered an "opportunistic omnivore" which means a dog eats what he can, whenever he can get it. Our pets, no matter how small, cute or cuddly come fully equipped to eat and digest raw food. Whenever you question the wisdom of feeding your pet a species appropriate raw food diet ask yourself this question..."Who cooked for our dogs a million years ago?"
You Have Control!
When you feed a raw diet, you have control over the quality and quantity of food that your dog eats - you are given a real opportunity to affect your dog's quality of life and level of health. In the short term, dogs often look and feel better once switched to a raw diet. As a breeder, feeding a species appropriate raw diet can give you a tool that may help you increase the generational health of your breeding stock and the puppies they produce.
Easier to Digest
There is solid science that proves that fresh foods contain more easily
attainable nutrients then those foods that are cooked and processed some
with preservatives. Cooking foods destroys many of the nutrients within food, so much so that
companies need to replace those nutrients with synthetic vitamins. Naturally occurring enzymes are also lost in the extreme temperature cooking process utilized by most commercial pet food companies.
High Chemical Usage
Processing foods for storage is not just cooking it but in most cases also
adding chemicals for better shelf life, color and smell. In many cases, the chemicals and preservatives used in commercial pet foods are known to cause cancer, and most are outlawed for use in human grade foods. With the ever increasing incidents of cancer in our breed and in the general dog population, it is puzzling as to why these chemicals are still widely used.
Poor Quality Ingredients
It is very well known that most pet food manufacturers use the "garbage" from meat processing plants and poor quality grains to make their products. Those ingredients can include:
- Diseased tissue (cancerous tumors, etc.)
- Animals that were dead on arrival (who knows what they died from)
- Inedible by-products (hooves, hair, etc.)
- Euthanized pets (yes, from the vets!)
- "Chaff" from grain (the stuff that *doesn't* go in your whole grain bread)
- Garbage of all sorts (plastic gloves, bags, etc.)
For us, feeding a species appropriate raw diet just makes sense - and on so many levels. Since switching our dogs off of kibble we have seen an increase in the overall health of our dogs as well as a distinct improvement in the health and vigor of our puppies. A raw diet isn't for every dog but it is certainly an option well worth investigating, especially if your dog suffers from health problems or if you are looking to improve the vigor of the puppies produced in your breeding program. This website will hopefully give you some of the information you need in order to make an educated decision.