Raw Food Diet
DISCLAIMER: We at Emerald Wolf K9 are not veterinary professionals, the following information are our views and opinions, if followed you cannot hold Emerald Wolf K9 responsible for any outcome from the information given. Use at your own risk and discretion. Any feeding regimen has it’s own health risks. Do your research with other raw diet feeders, in books and other articles.
One of the main factors in the performance of your dog from day to day is its nutrition. This is often overlooked by many handlers and dog owners alike. Many feel that the brand name kibble that you buy at your local pet food store or grocery market is suitable for the needs of a dog. This is very untrue. The truth is that the kibble has no nutritional value to the K9 and it is actually killing your dog slowly, meal by meal. The leading cause of illness and premature death in the modern dog is commercial processed kibble and canned food. Multiple worldwide studies have shown that it suppresses the immune system and leads to liver, kidney, heart problems and many other diseases and allergies. This is because the kibble contains toxins and ingredients that the dog doesn’t need.
These ingredients may include chicken heads, road kill, cancerous meat cut from slaughter house animals, pesticide residue, moldy grains, by products, euthanized dogs and cats and the chemicals that are used in the euthanization. This is just the beginning, other ingredients include; vomitoxin, mycotoxin, sodium nitrate (a coloring agent and preservative) which is a carcinogenic and is a common agent. On average, a dog fed kibble consumes 26 pounds of preservatives a year. If you feed your dog soft canned dog food, and have been disgusted by the look of the jelly substance in the can it’s because this type of dog food contains a propylene glycol agent which is a cousin to the antifreeze agent used in cars.
Many owners/handlers are fooled when buying this type of food for their dog. They think because they are looking at the label and verifying the percent of protein, fat, etc content that they are doing the dog a favor and providing them with a balanced diet. Again, this is wrong. The main ingredient in kibble is not protein, its cereal. The most common form is; corn, soy or wheat. These are grains and dogs DO NOT need grains. This is the main cause of allergies in dogs such as excessive residue in the ears to give you an example. Other allergies caused by kibble may include but not limited to; hypersensitivity to flea and insect bites, pollens, soap, etc.
An alternative to kibble is a raw food diet; this is a way to feed the dog as close as possible to its instinctive natural ways. Dogs are carnivores and should be fed the way that they are genetically made. The K9 digestive system is not genetically made to digest chemicals, grains and fillers. It is made to digest a species appropriate diet. This diet should contain the raw meat, bones, and organic matter found in the stomach of the prey that is killed. There are two models associated with feeding in this fashion, the BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food or Bones And Raw Food) created by Dr. Ian Billinghurst. This is made up of 60-80% RMB (Raw Meaty Bones) and 20-40% fruit, veggie, offal, eggs and dairy. The second is the prey model, which attempts to recreate and simulate the proportions of the actual prey animal. This includes organ meat, heads, skin, fur or feathers, bones, blood, stomach contents, etc.
Some worry about the issue of parasites and such found in raw meat, reality is the dog has a highly advanced digestive system that has the ability to be immune to the affects of said parasites. This is why a dog can eat an old dead animal found in the woods or elsewhere and doesn’t get deathly sick.
The types of ingredients found in a raw food diet include but are not limited to:
- Raw meat: chicken, beef, turkey, rabbit, fish, elk, venison, lamb, goat, or any other raw muscle meat. (If fed with bones, do not cook bones, I repeat DO NOT FEED COOKED BONES!!! Cooked bones splinter and break and may end up being swallowed and can puncture organs and severely damage the digestive system.)
- Raw eggs with shell
- Pureed vegetables: carrots, celery, spinach, broccoli, etc.
- Essential fatty acids: salmon oil, cod liver oil, flaxseed oil.
- Dairy products: plain nonfat yogurt, cottage cheese.
- Vitamin C & E
The general rule that you want to follow when feeding is 2-3% of the dog’s body weight per day. To do the math, if you have a 65 lb dog you’ll multiply 65 by 2 or 3%. So depending on how active your dog is you will feed 1.3-1.95 lbs of raw food per day. Now with puppies you will want to feed roughly 10% its body weight. Feeding this way from the beginning of a dog’s life can not only benefit the dog but your wallet too. Feeding kibble to puppies cause rapid growth spurts that cause ligaments and muscles to be damaged since they can’t keep up with the growing skeletal system. This is the beginning of problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia. The raw food diet allows you to control weight and development rates in puppies.
If you have fed your dog kibble since you brought him or her home and you decide to switch them over to the raw food diet you can expect some difficulty doing so. They may end up turning their nose up to it. This is because they may not know or recognize it as food. If this happens give them their allotted time to eat and if they don’t, no big deal if they skip a meal or two. They’ll eat it when they get hungry enough. In nature, animals don’t eat every day, sometimes they can’t find prey for a day or two. Plus fasting gives them a chance to detoxify their system. Some dogs take to it better than others. Though there may be some that may get an upset stomach from the change. This is because the chemical make up in the stomach has to change. They have been used to digesting food that wasn’t made for them and now they have a food source that is clean and easy to digest resulting in excess enzymes. This will pass. After a while you will see the benefits of the raw food diet. These include; less dog odor, brilliant coat, healthy skin clean teeth from the bones in the diet that clean the teeth as they eat, less stool matter (this also is absorbed by the soil faster since it breaks down easier) decreased vet bills, the ripping and chewing develop strong jaw neck head and shoulder muscles, weight control, and long life.
This could be the best thing you could do for your dog. We at Emerald Wolf K9 wish you the best on your decision whether or not to look into this topic, and hope you and your dog enjoy a healthy future together.
Used with the consent of Ketchum Kennels
Here are a few other links to raw food sites I have included for you to look at.