So why is processed dog food not the best food you could give to your dog? Take a look at what process dog food entails:
- Many include chemicals used for preservatives which can have negative effects on your dog. Some of these effects may take a long while to surface as the problem grows day by day.
- Low Quality by products which lack the right amount of nutriments.
- Cooked for a long time which dissipate most of the nutriment
- Not as nutritious as raw foods which contain high quality protein and enzymes.
- Not good for your dogs teeth.
Giving Your Canine Natural Natural food
Take a good look at your dog. Your dog is a natural hunter and devoted meat lover. I am sure if you placed some dry dog food in one bowl and place a nice juicy steak in another, all dogs will turn towards the steak leaving the dry food for ants and rats.
A Natural diet can help your dog stay healthy, with fewer allergies, flea infestations or trips to the vet. It can assist digestion. It can help maintain proper dental care.
Many people believe that degenerative diseases in canines may be avoided altogether with a good natural diet. A healthy canine can remain in peak physical condition long after it has reached middle age. Proper nourishment (and exercise) can also help prevent your dog from being overweight.
When ever you decide on changing the diet of your dog from processed food to raw food or mixed. It must be gradually done. Just don't remove the bowl of dry food from your dog and throw in a whole chicken still clucking in your dogs bowl. When you are feeding your dog, just slip in strips and cuts of raw food with the dry food or wet food. Then as time passes add more raw food and decrease the amount of dry food your dog consumes. Some dog owners add grains such as cooked rice in small amounts along with the raw food, this is OK as long as the grains don't drown the amount of raw dog food.
Are There Any Negative Effects of Feeding your Dog Raw Food?
Well, as with anything good, there is a flip side if due diligence is not done. A Dog owner who decided to feed his/her dog raw food must ensure that the meats given are:
- Disease free
- Not Rotten and Contains Parasites
- Are Not Poisonous To Eat - (Puffer Fish, Some Octopus etc)
Where to Get Raw Dog Food
- You would be surprised to know the kind of meats butchers throw away daily. If you can partner with a butcher or meat shop to sell you some of those discarded meat, you can use this to feed your dog raw food.
- You can also just visit the supermarket and buy meats such as chicken liver, chicken gizzard, beef and just about any low priced meat available.
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