There are a number of proponents of natural feeding. Here are five of the main ones:
When it comes to what they eat, our dogs are totally dependent on us. Has it ever occurred to you what a huge responsibility this is?
You have it within your power to give your dog health and vitality, or you can force him to go through life running on half empty – simply through the choices you make about his food.
Skin problems can clear up when you put your dog on real food.
The immune system is supported with real food, which means that allergies, autoimmune diseases and cancer are less likely if your dog is fed properly.
Your dog is also less likely to contract viral disease if he has the nutrients to support him.
Mobility is vastly affected by diet.
Even your dog’s temperament and behaviour can be affected by what he eats.
What your dog eats affects every area of his life, and will determine the quality of his life, and can even lengthen his life.
Dogs have thrived for millions of years on small- to medium-sized prey. They have eaten these raw. For the past hundred years or so, we pet owners have helped to create a multi-million dollar pet food industry; we’ve been fooled into believing that something from a can or packet can take the place of what Mother Nature has to offer.
Seriously: would you expect a human child to thrive on a dried, extruded kibble for his entire life? Stop and think about it. Would you feed Pot Noodles with a few added vitamins to a child every day of his life?
Seeing the light
After two of my young dogs died, and my other dogs were suffering from thyroid disease, arthritis, allergies and autoimmune disease, I read an article in a dog magazine about raw meaty bones for dogs. It was as though a lightbulb went on in my head: I had been starving my dogs to death with a complete dry dog food that wasn’t sustaining life. I immediately switched my dogs to the raw meaty bone diet, and my dogs’ health turned round. Our vet bills dropped by 65%.
I believe this to be true: the vast majority of carnivores blossom on the food that Nature has designed over millions of years to sustain life. For dogs, this means prey animals like rabbits, rats, deer, mice, lambs, hens, and so on, uncooked. Dogs, being scavengers, also thrive on eggs, berries, fruit and a small amount of the food that they might find in the prey’s stomach, such as grains and vegetable matter.
However, a very small minority of dogs can be allergic to real food. Generations of synthetic food and over-vaccination have something to do with this.
There are also many books on canine nutrition which you can read. Please look into this issue – your dog deserves no less.
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