The most powerful part of feeding raw food is know exactly what is going into the bodies of my dogs. We keep it very simple around here. Our meat sources are beef, rabbit, duck, pork and lamb. Sometimes chicken if I decide to throw a raw egg in their bowls. When it comes to feeding raw, I’m pretty lazy. The meat is ground with the correct ratio of bone to organ to meat and I throw in some veggies.
Our veggies usually consist of kale, spinach, collard greens or carrots. When certain fruits are in season I will mix those once in a while as well. My dogs LOVE bananas and apples! All in all, its basic. Its what they need to survive and I make sure to provide the correct nutrients to their body. As you feed your dogs their next meal I challenge you to answer this questions. Can you verbally list all of the ingredients in your dogs’ food?
Reviews.com did a survey and asked people the same questions. The response…
“Of the pet owners we surveyed, 70 percent admitted that they didn’t know all of the ingredients in their dog’s food…”
Woah! With the response from that survey, they did more digging. Upon talking to veterinarians, animal behavior specialists, dog trainers, university researches and authors they found that although the labels on kibble list ingredients and say “naturally” that doesn’t actually mean it is healthy for our dogs. Just check out this blurb from their article.
I cannot agree more! I may just be a dog owner but I’ve lived through everything they talk about. Bolt spent 4 years throwing up stomach bile on a daily basis. He had digestive issues. He was overweight. He has behavior issues. These could all be linked back to poor food quality and were all contributing factors when I decided to switch him to raw food.
Reviews.com and their research team went on to find more healthy options for dog food. They set their standards and started eliminating dog food brands based on recalls, meat quality, fillers and artificial ingredients.
194 dog food brands were disqualified because their first ingredient wasn’t meat!!! That is mind-boggling. Dogs come from the canine family, aka wolves! Wolves eat meat and dogs should eat meat. That is why they have teeth build to breaking, tearing, and grinding. I don’t know what is worse, the 194 disqualified for lack of meat or the 587 disqualified because they contained corn, soy, wheat, grain or flour. Tell me the last time you saw a wolf eating from a grain field. Or snacking on a piece of bread. Haha!
The combination of this article and watching Pet Fooled has scared the living daylights out of me! Dogs are not meant to eat out of a bad or a box. Nor are humans. We were built to eat natural, whole foods. What we put in is what we get out. When you put nutrients in your body, you feel better, your skin is better, your digestive system is healthier, YOU are healthier.
Reviews.com put together this great graphic on pros and cons of different types of food.
Clearly I am a raw food advocate because it has changed my world. So I must give my two cents on the pros and cons. The pros are very accurate. Nutrients are in their purest form. Nothing is lost from cooking them and you get to control where the nutrients are sourced from. In addition all ingredients are fresh. Yessss!!! The Cons are valid.
You continuously buy raw food but you also continuously buy any food. I buy frozen raw food and thaw when needed. It is more challenging to travel with but you can either buy freeze-dried raw if you need to or just run to the local grocery store in whatever town you travel to. As far as the food-borne pathogens; there is a risk but no more than us cooking for ourselves. Wash your hands and don’t eat out of your dogs food bowl. Haha! As a kid, I totally did this because I wanted to be a dog. If your kiddos are like me, just hide their bowls when they are done eating.
My most favorite quote is from Nelson Mandela. Education is empowering. We can use it to change the world. I want to thank everyone at Reviews.com who took the time to do this research. You are changing the world through the power of education.
Cheers & Wags