While battling the first 6 months of puppyhood I began to witness signs of a food allergy. Moose would shake his head violently and lick his paws after eating. To make matters worse, he started to show signs of gingivitis by the time he had reached 1 year of age! I started to learn the ins and outs of feeding Moose a raw diet. Through research, I learned dogs are biologically made to chew pieces of flesh, tear and rip muscles and crunch raw meaty bones.
A dog’s digestive health can deteriorate greatly when fed a diet that is based primarily on grain, which is the predominant ingredient found in many of the heavily-processed commercial dog foods on the market. Many pet owners are searching out “grain-free kibble”, though the grains are only part of the problem. Kibble is cooked, rendered and dehydrated and this processing disintegrates most, if not all, of the food’s nutritional value; it ‘s similar to feeding your child McDonald’s 3 meals a day every day.
Dogs and cats do not have digestive enzymes in their saliva. Their saliva is designed to lubricate large chunks of food for easy travel to the stomach. There are vital enzymes that help with digestion which are present only in raw and unaltered, uncooked food. Heat processing kills these vital digestive enzymes and can tax an animal’s pancreas, digestive and immune system over time.
Moose now eats a variety of meats, beef, chicken, pork, lamb, goat, quail and rabbit. We also feed him a variation of cuts, organs, tongue, windpipes, shanks, chicken carcass, ribs, cheeks, tails and so much more. While the exact percentage isn’t set in stone a proper raw diet consists of 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% organ meat (half being liver).
Once we realized the ease and simplicity of feeding our dog raw, we started feeding our cat Frankenstein (a 1 year-old tabby) the same diet. Since the switch, both of my animal’s coats are beautiful with minimal shedding, the stains on Moose’s teeth have reversed and both of our animals look fit and healthy. Moose has also stopped eating sticks and dirt.
Feces now biodegrades naturally; the process begins almost immediately and takes very little time. What’s more, the animals feces is now much smaller since the animal is utilizing a greater portion of the diet and therefore producing less waste. You must think to yourself that if feeding 3 cups of kibble a day, and your dog easily produces 3 cups of waste… leaves me to wonder, what if any nutrients are being absorbed?
We have fully embraced the Raw and Natural life for our animals as we hope to have them for a long, long time.